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About Raising Your Shoulder and Bad Habits

Goodin Sensei always continues to amaze me with his easy to apply thoughts. His latest one is one of the most common problems in karate, especially for beginners. Maybe most of us raised our shoulder when we started our training. It is one of the most common bad habit and most of the times, the instruction gave to new practitioners was quite long winded. It only confused them further, resulting some of them to develop bad habit that is difficult to remove once it has been programmed in their body. Goodin Sensei has a simple instruction: “Squeeze our lats” (please refer to his article here). Although it will still takes time to develop working lats, but this instruction is easier to understand and memorize.  We should follow his examples to think about correcting bad habits instead of only pointing to it. I have never met Goodin Sensei in the real world, but I have my utmost respect to him.


March 25, 2009 - Posted by | Karate, Martial Arts | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Fuermischung.
    The rising shoulders, I remember it well. Probably still do it sometimes 🙂
    One thing that I found helped is diaphramic breathing (this is probably best for mid to high grades as it might just confuse lower grades).
    We are taught diaphramic breathing in Karate, usually during Moksu (meditation), but it tends not to be emphasised elsewhere very much, except on the exhale (kime).
    However, take a simple Oi Zuki (stepping punch). As we step through to the centre point (knees together, punching had still chambered), trying concentrating on breathing deep into the abdomen. Then exhale sharply as you punch. We all tend to exhale sharply as we punch, BUT WE DON’T ALL CONCENTRATE ON BREATHING INTO THE ABDOMEN during the first part of the move, yet this is key to relaxation.
    This has 2 main advantages:
    1. It puts our focus on our lower torso rather than our upper torso (as when we breath only into chest). This allows our upper body (including shoulders and and arms) to relax more, hence less likely to raise and able to move faster when you actually get to the punch.
    2. It helps us to engage our core muscles. Although the movement is initiated by our legs, it needs a stable platform to push against which is our core muscles or hara (tan dien).
    I hope this is useful.

    Comment by Charlie | June 11, 2010 | Reply

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