Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 67

Thread: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Sarnia, ON, Canada
    Posts
    7,774
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked 1,263 Times in 801 Posts

    Default March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    1. Start from a meditative horse stance facing 12 o’clock.

    2. Execute a left upward block.

    3. Leaving your hand as the focal point, turn it into a left inward block.

    4. From the inside, rotate at the shoulder so now it is a left extended outward block.

    5. From there, circle it down until it is a left downward block.

    6. From there, go into reverse motion and execute a left inward downward block.

    7. Execute a left back elbow strike.

    8. Execute a left push-down block.

    9. Chamber.
    10. Repeat on the opposite side, using the same sequence of blocks with the right arm.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

  2. #2
    Shodan's Avatar
    Shodan is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    256
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    We do this the same at our school, only we go from the downward block to the back elbow.......we don't do the inside downward block in between there.

  3. #3
    Jonah's Avatar
    Jonah is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. White Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    39
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    1. Start from a meditative horse stance facing 12 o’clock.

    2. Execute a left upward block.

    3. Leaving your hand as the focal point, turn it into a left inward block.

    4. From the inside, rotate at the shoulder so now it is a left extended outward block.

    5. From there, circle it down until it is a left downward block.

    6. From there, go into reverse motion and execute a left inward downward block.

    7. Execute a left back elbow strike.

    8. Execute a left push-down block.

    9. Chamber.
    10. Repeat on the opposite side, using the same sequence of blocks with the right arm.
    Similar but execute an outward vertical between 4) and 5) above. Do you stay in the horse throughout the set?

    jonah

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Posts
    2,270
    Thanks
    237
    Thanked 113 Times in 95 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Shodan
    We do this the same at our school, only we go from the downward block to the back elbow.......we don't do the inside downward block in between there.
    We do the same at our school:
    Upward
    Inward
    Extended outward
    Downward
    Back elbow
    Push down
    Back to the Belt
    Than you left hand and than both hands
    Than close out
    "To hear is to doubt. To see is to be deceived. But to feel is to believe." -- SGM Ed Parker

    "Sic vis pacem parabellum - If you want peace, prepare for war." -- "The Punisher"


    "Praying Mantis, very good. . . For catching bugs." --Jackie Chan

    "A horse stance is great for taking a dump" --Jet Li

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    6,026
    Thanks
    1,199
    Thanked 1,520 Times in 909 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    We don't do step 6 (inward downward) we go directly to what you call a back elbow strike. We address that as a "rib check" with the elbow anchored to the hip as if protecting your ribs from an uppercut attempt. We actually have a 2-man drill for this set.

    A
    Executes a right downward strike
    B
    Executes left horizontal upward block
    A
    Executes a left straight punch
    B
    Executes left vertical inward block
    A
    Executes a right hooking punch
    B
    Executes a left vertical extended outward block
    A
    Executes a right snap kick (settles into a right neutral bow)
    B
    Executes a left vertical outside downward block (palm down)
    A
    Executes a right uppercut to B ribs
    B
    Executes "rib check"
    A
    Executes a left front knee
    B
    Executes a left horizontal push down block jamming B right hip
    *Repeat on opposite side*
    "It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." – Charles A. Beard

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    London, ON
    Posts
    1,601
    Thanks
    64
    Thanked 209 Times in 134 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    I start with the right arm first, then do the left, then repeat with both arms (criss-crossing the blocks for the doubles).

    But the more important aspect of this set is:

    What does it teach us?
    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
    (Phillipians 4:13)


  7. #7
    Shodan's Avatar
    Shodan is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    256
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Yeah- we start on the right side also, then do the left. In one of my past schools, we did right, then left, then both......but now we just do right and left. We stay in a horse stance the entire time and one of the things I believe this teaches is strikes/blocks from point of origin??

  8. #8
    KenpoTess's Avatar
    KenpoTess is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Wild Wonderful West & Wicked
    Posts
    636
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    We call this Blocking Set 1 in our curriculum.

    There are at least 150 variations of Star blocking set as Mr. Conatser has shown us. So when he is teaching class and says .. "Ok, Star blocking set" with which we reply.. "which variation? Sir"

    We start each set with the Set salutation, and right side, then left side.
    This is a good place for beginners to start in on their double factoring.
    "Corrupt, but Ruthless."

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    6,026
    Thanks
    1,199
    Thanked 1,520 Times in 909 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    We list it as Blocking Set 1 with "Star Set" in ". LOL.

    BTW, does anyone else practice it with another person providing strikes or is that just us??
    *see previous post in thread
    "It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." – Charles A. Beard

  10. #10
    KenpoTess's Avatar
    KenpoTess is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Wild Wonderful West & Wicked
    Posts
    636
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Yes, we practice with a partner as well as without. Works especially nicely for beginners to see their blocks with the punches, and knee for the pushdown block.
    "Corrupt, but Ruthless."

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    6,026
    Thanks
    1,199
    Thanked 1,520 Times in 909 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTess
    Yes, we practice with a partner as well as without. Works especially nicely for beginners to see their blocks with the punches, and knee for the pushdown block.
    Cool! I like validation..... lol
    "It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." – Charles A. Beard

  12. #12
    Jonah's Avatar
    Jonah is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. White Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    39
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Seabrook
    I start with the right arm first, then do the left, then repeat with both arms (criss-crossing the blocks for the doubles).

    But the more important aspect of this set is:

    What does it teach us?
    Mmm.

    As with all sets - its for teaching good basics in the structure of a block / strike. One thing it teaches is the covering of the centre line. I asked the question of stance earlier because most teach the set from standing in a horse stance. Should the set be taught from a neutral with a switch on sides?

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Posts
    6,026
    Thanks
    1,199
    Thanked 1,520 Times in 909 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    ...I also believe students should be introduced to the principle of the "conceptual box" when being introduced to Blocking Set 1 since the focus of the form is proper execution of basic blocks.
    "It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." – Charles A. Beard

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,740
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 1,181 Times in 674 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah
    Mmm.

    As with all sets - its for teaching good basics in the structure of a block / strike. One thing it teaches is the covering of the centre line. I asked the question of stance earlier because most teach the set from standing in a horse stance. Should the set be taught from a neutral with a switch on sides?
    A horse stance is used to isolate the upper body in this set. The same is true for 'Finger Set 1' and 'Strike Set 1'.

  15. #15
    Jonah's Avatar
    Jonah is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. White Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    39
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by michaeledward
    A horse stance is used to isolate the upper body in this set. The same is true for 'Finger Set 1' and 'Strike Set 1'.
    Just a thought, but why would we want to isolate the upper body during training?
    jonah

  16. #16
    KenpoTess's Avatar
    KenpoTess is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Wild Wonderful West & Wicked
    Posts
    636
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah
    Just a thought, but why would we want to isolate the upper body during training?
    jonah

    Being this is a beginning 'drill'. We're teaching not only the blocks, but coordination as well, with the double factoring. Keeping ourselves in a horse stance is working out the lower body as well, if you're in a good stance.
    Short Form 1 brings the stances into the equation, now we are moving as we block..

    just some thoughts

    ~Tess
    "Corrupt, but Ruthless."

  17. #17
    Jonah's Avatar
    Jonah is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. White Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    39
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTess
    Being this is a beginning 'drill'. We're teaching not only the blocks, but coordination as well, with the double factoring. Keeping ourselves in a horse stance is working out the lower body as well, if you're in a good stance.
    Short Form 1 brings the stances into the equation, now we are moving as we block..

    just some thoughts

    ~Tess
    Thats my thoughts - Its the first set - so someone is still learning the blocks. The form does incorporate movement and transition, but the set is static. What I am saying is why the horse, why not a neutral? Covering the centre line with blocks in these two stances are slightly different. I have seen people doing the same movement of the arms (in relation to shoulders) in a nuetral bow as from the horse, which is obviously then wrong
    jonah

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    London, ON
    Posts
    1,601
    Thanks
    64
    Thanked 209 Times in 134 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah
    I asked the question of stance earlier because most teach the set from standing in a horse stance. Should the set be taught from a neutral with a switch on sides?
    Yes, there are many things we can do with Blocking Set 1, but then again, we have Blocking Set 2 later down the road in belts. Blocking Set 2 is one of my favorite sets.
    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
    (Phillipians 4:13)


  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    London, ON
    Posts
    1,601
    Thanks
    64
    Thanked 209 Times in 134 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Star Block Set is a beginner blocking exercise that teaches students how to properly execute a series of blocks while maintaining an effective stationary horse stance and economy of motion.

    Star Block Set was said to have originated from Five Animal Kung Fu (tiger, crane, leopard, dragon, snake) and Splashing Hands as taught by Grandmaster Ark Wong and Haumea Lefiti. (Ark Wong was the first Kung Fu Grandmaster who taught Kung Fu to non-Chinese students in the West and Master Haumea Lefiti was his student). In addition to addressing the centerline concept, Star Block Set also focuses on point of origin, which is simply moving your natural weapons from the precise position that they are in to the next position. Point of origin is the catalyst for Collapsible Deflections and Economy of Motion.
    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
    (Phillipians 4:13)


  20. #20
    Jonah's Avatar
    Jonah is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. White Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    39
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: March 2006 - Set Of The Month - Star Block Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Seabrook
    Yes, there are many things we can do with Blocking Set 1, but then again, we have Blocking Set 2 later down the road in belts. Blocking Set 2 is one of my favorite sets.
    Sorry Sir, I am not aware of that set, will you elaborate for my ignorance?
    jonah

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Remove Ads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 67
    Last Post: 11-05-2009, 06:21 PM
  2. Set: Coordination Set 2
    By Rob Broad in forum Ed Parker Kenpo
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-23-2006, 04:13 PM
  3. Set: Blocking Set 2
    By Rob Broad in forum Ed Parker Kenpo
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-23-2006, 03:54 PM
  4. Long Form 4
    By Rob Broad in forum Ed Parker Kenpo
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-23-2006, 02:43 PM

Search tags for this page (caching method: memcache)

joshua block set kenpo

Click on a term to search our site for related topics.