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    Default Re: Yellow Belt Techniques for review

    Drankin, I would also like to commend you for posting your videos for review. I normally refrain from commenting on video; not only because I come from the "Chinese Kenpo" as opposed to "EPAK", but also because I think that something gets lost in the translation on video when you are trying to document a 3 dimensional response on a 2 dimensional medium. Also, things are lost when working in the air without an opponent (and, more specifically, and ACTIVE opponent). Still, one thing that is apparent is that you have obviously spent some real time and effort on the techniques. Bravo. And kudos for being willing to seek criticism and advise. My only suggestion would be to take that criticism and advise with a grain of salt and run things by your instructors before making any changes or corrections to how you are executing your movements. They have the benefit of not being limited by the video medium and of working with you directly. Also, since you seem to be working with knowledgeable and reputable instructors, if you take the criticisms you've received here and they feel they are merited I'm sure they will work with you to make the necessary corrections. Best of luck on your journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRANKIN View Post
    This weekend I'm going to rework Delayed Sword as well as a few other techs per everyones suggestions.

    I've got to say, going through techniques in front of a camera really forces you push it hard. Hours of hard repetition until you feel you've got something worthy of posting. I have a class that meets on Saturday so the rest of the week I train by myself. There is no substitute for a real training partner but this has really torn me up.

    Thanks J, and everyone else that has commented.
    You've clearly worked very hard, and you've evidently put a LOT more thought and work into these brief demos than a lot of other videos we see. You're doing great. I'm glad you're here.
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    We can notice that Dennis' stances are a lot less...suckish than many examples we've seen on video.
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    "...I already watched the videos, and quite frankly, they're bullsh*t."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    We can notice that Dennis' stances are a lot less...suckish than many examples we've seen on video.
    I'm less suckish! I love it!
    Basics, the rest is bullshytery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRANKIN View Post
    I'm less suckish! I love it!
    that's actually pretty high praise around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flying crane View Post
    that's actually pretty high praise around here.
    I know it, this is a tough crowd.
    Basics, the rest is bullshytery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRANKIN View Post
    I'm less suckish! I love it!
    Not to suck is a worthy goal!
    "To be, rather than to seem"

    "Fix your rear foot ... What the hell is wrong with you?"

    "...I already watched the videos, and quite frankly, they're bullsh*t."

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    Default Re: Yellow Belt Techniques for review

    Greetings Sir, On your Delayed sword after your block try not to retract your right arm near your ear. just guideline directly from the block directly into the chop to the side of the attackers neck. also eventually within the technique you will flow thru the neutral bow into the snap kick without stopping making the technique a lot quicker.

    as for the fundamentals they are all there.

    Just keep working.

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    Default Re: Yellow Belt Techniques for review

    Drankin,

    Didn't get a chance to go through all of them but all in all not bad. I greatly appreciate that your videos include your feet.

    First Critique.

    Though I appreciate your show of speed and power with every strike.. at this point I would advise working on timing rather than those. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking speed = skill.

    Let your body feel the connection between your strike and your feet. Example, Delayed Sword , that first hammer, make contact as you set your base. Think of the beginning of short one. Much like the strike to the throat will hit as you land your foot from the kick to the groin.

    Sword of Destruction... the first strike to the oncoming punch, if you look at it your arm is extended. Think about this.. in Short 1, the angle of your arm in the first two inside blocks. That angle created by the bend of the elbow is the same angle you will find in all of your blocks, should be the same angle in your bow, take note of how that angle in your arm shows up all over the place... there is a reason for that.

    Be careful of hyper extension with your strikes, not only could you damage your own joint, it commits the extension to the arm and make it more difficult to redirect should you need to. It's like locking out your leg on a forward bow, if you want to do anything after that then you have to disengage before you move.

    Keep it up and good job.

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    Default Re: Yellow Belt Techniques for review

    Not bad (and bear in mind that the videos are several years old, Drankin may well have progressed considerably in the meantime), however, there is far too much stop-and-go in my view.

    Personally, I emphasize doing the techniques in a flowing manner, more Kung Fu-ish than Karate style, really. Which optimizes speed and efficiency of execution, IME.

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