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    Speed In Your Techniques
    By MJS - Sun, 12 Nov 2006 17:11:43 GMT

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    Looking through various threads, I've seen reference to the way some apply their techniques. I see comments talking about how some appear to do their techs. slower, so as to be more precise, while others tend to blaze through the movement.

    My question is: Do you feel that by going fast, accuracy and power is going to be lost, or do you feel that you can still be quick, be accurate and have power behind your moves?

    IMO, the techs. should always be done slowly at first, pinning down the fine points, etc., and gradually building up your speed. I feel that you can be quick and still not sacrifice anything else.

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    Default Re: MT: Speed In Your Techniques

    If I had to rate by importance,

    1) Accuracy
    2) Timing
    3) Speed
    4) Power


    In order to stay true to Kenpo, we win by attrition. With that in my mind, I would rate Accuracy at the top of my list.
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    Default Re: MT: Speed In Your Techniques

    Well, speed doesn't do much if you don't hit your target.

    And speed isn't helpful if you don't get the pin, block the strike, and wait for the opponent's reaction to things (not necessarily in that order.)

    So it seems to me that trying to go fast is not necessarily important.

    Usually the first two things (usually a block and then a strike) is enough to take the person out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarnyk View Post
    If I had to rate by importance,

    1) Accuracy
    2) Timing
    3) Speed
    4) Power


    In order to stay true to Kenpo, we win by attrition. With that in my mind, I would rate Accuracy at the top of my list.
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    I think students make the mistake of trying to do techniques too fast at first and thereby end up with flaws in execution. I feel the focus should be on getting the technique down right the first time. Working it slowly at first through the embryonic stage and building familiarity with the movements and principles behind them. Techniques are simply basics working in tandem to deal with a specific attack. If you slack off on the basics because you're focused on moving as fast as you can then the technique will have flaws.

    As your body becomes more familiar with the technique you can "turn it up a notch" in practical application with an uke. Repetition is the key. Once muscle memory is ingrained and you reach a level of spontaneity, the speed will be there without actually having to focus on it. One of my favorite quotes is "If you have to think about a technique, then you haven't practiced it enough." -Sensai Norman Harris
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    Practice slow and with familiarity the speed will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    I think students make the mistake of trying to do techniques too fast at first and thereby end up with flaws in execution. I feel the focus should be on getting the technique down right the first time. Working it slowly at first through the embryonic stage and building familiarity with the movements and principles behind them. Techniques are simply basics working in tandem to deal with a specific attack. If you slack off on the basics because you're focused on moving as fast as you can then the technique will have flaws.

    As your body becomes more familiar with the technique you can "turn it up a notch" in practical application with an uke. Repetition is the key. Once muscle memory is ingrained and you reach a level of spontaneity, the speed will be there without actually having to focus on it. One of my favorite quotes is "If you have to think about a technique, then you haven't practiced it enough." -Sensai Norman Harris
    Good points, also dont strike before a target is available.
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    Speed is important, but not at the expense of targeting and good technique. It all works together. And don't forget to let him react. Accuracy, timeing, speed and power (thanks, Z), are all one package- all make the technique effective, but none are nearly as effective alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarnyk View Post
    If I had to rate by importance,

    1) Accuracy
    2) Timing
    3) Speed
    4) Power


    In order to stay true to Kenpo, we win by attrition. With that in my mind, I would rate Accuracy at the top of my list.

    Who taught this Zarny character? Sounds to me, that he's found a really intelligent, well-rounded, charming, witty, and all around great instructor.

    Couldn't have said it better myself, Zarnykins.

    Now, once you have nailed down all of the other elements, then there is little reason, not to hit your opponent hard enough and fast enough to prohibit a defensive or counterstrike. One need only watch Larry Tatum, Steve Mohammad, or Tommy Caruthers to see that speed is something that can be handy to have at your disposal. Like anything else, this is only achieved through repetition and practice.
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