Traditional Karate First Lesson
Empower Kickboxing First Lesson
There is a massive disconnect between what students enroll into a martial arts school for and what they get.
Students enroll because they want to improve their fitness, confidence, and ability to defend themselves.
Students DO NOT enroll to learn KATA. Most have never heard of kata prior to enrolling. Why do you still teach it?
Here are two videos. In one, I’m teaching what I taught for two decades as part of a students’ first lesson. Front stance, downward block, lunge-punch.
Video one takes 7-minutes to teach front stance, downward block, lunge-punch.
Video two takes 6-minutes to teach fighting stance, downward block, cross, hook, and uppercut.
The differences could not be more clear.
As you look at each one these points ask yourself, “Why?”
Video 1 Traditional Karate
- Keep shoulders squared and expose your center-line to your opponent. Why?
- Keep shoulders back and upright for form. Why?
- Keep hands on hip. Why?
- Leave block out. Why?
- Aim to punch. Why?
- Leave punch out. Why?
- Keep chin up. Why?
- Cross your arms before you block. Why?
- Step forward and block. Why?
- The deeper the stance the better. Why?
- Block with power. Why?
Video 2 Empower Kickboxing
- Turn your body to the side to protect your centerline. Why?
- Keep hands up to protect your face. Why?
- Snap punch back quickly. Why?
- Do not telegraph your punch. Why?
- Tuck chin down. Why?
- Raise shoulders to protect your chin. Why?
- Block quickly and recover. Why?
- Keep your legs under you. Why?
- Minimalize the block. Less is best for quick recovery. Why?
If you are honest with yourself, the Whys of the first video are MUCH harder to answer than the second video.
So here is my why. Why do you still teach the video one system? If you want to be a museum curator and preserve the traditional styles, I totally understand and appreciate you for doing that.
However, if you want to teach your students an efficient skill set that matches what they are enrolling for, the second video clearly demonstrates how that would look.
Empower Kickboxing is full white to black belt curriculum that is designed to be easier to teach and easier to learn.