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Hi my name is Scott Boyd. I am a 6th dan in traditional karate do. I have been awarded the title of Shihan. I have been teaching karate for over 30 years and have compleated at all levels of martial arts tournaments including regional, state, national and international competitions and I was very successful at it. When it comes to competing in martial arts tournaments. I believe there are two types of competitors, firstly those who are naturally sports gifted and seem to do well at any sport ...
 
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I recently received an email from a martial artist that was after some more tips to help him as an older competitor compete in modern WK F karate competitions. So I have put together 10 tips for older competitors, they are in no set order however I hope you get something out of it. As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to …
 
Anyone that has been listening to my tips would know that distancing is one of my big talking point. Understanding the point where you're either in or out distance to me is extremely important. So today I am talking just about this line, the invisible line that is very fine but also extremely important. As always I thrive on your feedback and sugge…
 
When most people set up their sparring posture and start to move whilst facing an opponent quite often the movement is subdued.My suggestion is to make it a tad chaotic this can help hide any footwork that you want to use to set up a technique. Have a listen and I'll try and explain it better.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if y…
 
The Rolling punch or should I say my Rolling punch, this technique is a reasonably simple one in its nature however to deliver it properly is a little bit harder. The biggest bonus of this technique is its intimidation factor and its demoralising strike.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold of me sending an e-m…
 
If there is one thing that every competitor has to deal with is defeat. This is the case with every sport and really everything in life. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to win at every endeavour that you ever try ? This could be a really good thing or it can be really bad. Today I'm going to talk about the positive side of winning and losing an…
 
Interview With Hanshi Pat MckeanBio;Hanshi Pat McKean is regarded as one of Australia’s leading martial artists and truly a master instructor. Hanshi McKean is the founder and chief instructor of U.K.B. Kenkokan Martial Arts. He is a Hanshi J?dan (10th Dan) and one of the pioneers of karate in Australia.Bom in 1950 in India, Hanshi Pat McKean has b…
 
It has been a sad loss to hear of the late, great Muhamed Ali's passing. He was famous for many things but one of the things he was most famous for was his footwork. The catch cry was "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". Let's have a look at this in regards to tournament fighting.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you …
 
Many times when I see fighters competing they are constantly changing stands from left foot forward to right foot forward, in other words, they're switching stands.There certainly is a time to this and it can be very useful. But consider using a half switch rather than a full switch or not even switching at all. Today's episode is about when, where…
 
One of the problems when it comes to higher level technique is that some people like to make things more confusing than they need to be. High level technique doesn't have to be confusingAs always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott BoydMy New podcast web p…
 
I thought it was about time to explain another tournament fighting at technique. This is called the ghost punch. The basics of the technique is a stance switch followed by a distraction and then a reverse lunge punch. It is cool technique and it appears that punch comes out of nowhere thus the name ghost punch.My New podcast web page is http://kara…
 
Because competition fighting is a totally controlled environment. Many martial artist believe that it doesn't help in real-life scenarios. Anyone that has listened to my podcasts would know my view on this. But I thought it was time to make 100% clear.Iain Abernethy , recently discussed in his podcast the fact that tournament fighting of any type i…
 
Depending on who you talk to will change the answer you get. Some people and groups believe you shouldn't compete with minor injuries gained during the bout. Others believe it is more important than ever to go on. So I thought it was time to give you my view on this subjectAs always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold …
 
With so many different competitions and ways of fighting with many and various styles, It can be very difficult to choose a system to follow. Unfortunately, martial arts can be a very ego driven sport. In other words, many people think what they do is better than someone else and their system is always the best and everyone else's systems and style…
 
When a student completes in martial arts competitions is imperative that someone is in their corner helping them to achieve their goals. This is the coaches job. But sitting on the sidelines screaming out commands is only a part of it. Coaches have other duties as well. Here are my thoughts on it.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions …
 
Today's tip is inspired by an e-mail, and the question was what basic techniques would I teach to my students that are going in martial arts tournaments? Well, today I'm going to give you my favourite five techniques. I use these myself and I teach them. I hope you enjoy.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold of…
 
As anyone goes through their martial arts career you will no doubt get either bad advice or bad training methods taught to you from some instructors. It would be great to say that every teacher knows what they're talking about. Well, unfortunately this is not the case.There are as many training methods and ways to teach as there are teachers and so…
 
This is something every student goes through multiple times in their careers. Even I, as high ranking black belt is still go through this problem.Training can get boring, and the more reparative training is the more boring it gets.So today's tip is about how to maintain that passion so you can continue your martial arts career for as long as you wa…
 
Today's tip is a little bit different, as it isn't one of mine. I recently went to a sword seminar where the sensei was promoting this idea so I thought I would share it with all you.I think sometimes as martial artists we can forget the reality of fighting. I'm not talking about tournament fighting because it is a controlled environment and even t…
 
There are many different ways to improve your speed, whether it be punch or kick. In this tip is a few ways that I use to improve the speed of my kicks. Sometimes this does need a small amount of change to your form, but other times it may be just the way you need to train.I've spoken many times about ways to improve kicking changing the way we kic…
 
For an average student completing tournaments or for any fight competition for that matter, one of the hardest part to deal with is facing an opponent that appears to be either super aggressive, crazy or a combination of both. Basing these types of competitors can be not only offputting but just downright scary.My tip today is some strategies on ho…
 
When it comes to competing in martial arts competitions fixing bad habit is imperative. The biggest problem with bad habits is that many times you don't actually know you're doing them. I recently refereed at a tournament and it reminded me how easy bad habits are to pick up, things like turning your head when the other person is attacking, having …
 
There are many different forms and techniques of stretching and flexibility exercise. Many styles have different and varied stretching techniques some more effective than others. Today's tip is all about one simple exercise that I have found super effective for both strength and flexibility training. It can be used for a warm up or as a hard stretc…
 
I often say that Black belt can set a poor example when it comes to teaching lower grade students a safe way to fight in competition. It is not on purpose, but by accident with their own personal form.The problem is when people get proficient at technique, timing and strategy . They tend to forget about basics.But beginners need basics and they nee…
 
I think everybody wants the ability to do a fancy techniques, and a big part of that is there so fun and cool to do. Whether it be a basic form of fancy techniques such as the spinning back kick or something a little different such as a double spinning hook kick and the like. The problem is they are slow to perform and fraught with danger. A good e…
 
As martial artist we all want to be flexible for many different reasons. I'm guessing the main reason would be so we can kick people in the head. But this isn't the only reason, preventing injury would be the most important thing for many students.So today is about a few tips and thoughts on getting flexible. I hope it helps.As always I thrive on y…
 
I think that just about all students want to do some fancy technique that they had seen on television or a movie, it is something that we all inspire to do. You don't have to be a black belt to perform some of these techniques, but there are some good and bad points about them, especially you want to use these in tournaments. Today's tip is about u…
 
As martial artist we need to learn control, a part of control is learning when to be aggressive and not to be aggressive, learning to control anger and use anger and when to be calm.So today I talk about how to switch this on and off the both in sparring and competition fighting as well as in kataAs always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions …
 
Most competitors really don't understand how difficult the job of refereeing martial arts tournament is, today I'm giving a few tips and our little rant about refereeing. But the good stuff and the bad stuff.If you are competing in martial arts tournament, you really should listen to this tip because I also give some advice on how to deal with the …
 
Simple techniques like Roundhouse kick followed by a head punch is what most martial artist do on a regular basis. But like many techniques that we do it can be tidied up and made much more effective. Simple changes to form and hand positioning can make all the difference. In this tip I'm doing just that, a simple way to speed up the Roundhouse kic…
 
I have covered this in some other tips but I thought it was time to put it in its own category. Many fighters tried to knock out with but I feel that this is a bit self-defeating. By doing speed techniques of your front hand it is much more conducive to the posture your body is set in. Kicking off the front foot is something that many fighters like…
 
I want to continue to this discussion I want your input as competitors and fighters on your view, you can record something not being on the pod cast or certainly send me an e-mail with your comments and your view.In today's podcast I'm going to look at a rather large subject, many people believe that stretching the rules is a good thing and just as…
 
When punching in space, if you're not moving there is no effective way to deliver power any power in the punch. It gets delivered both ways into the target and as recoil. Obviously when punching there needs to be some method of delivering power, if we have hold of the ground we can deliver power, if we move forward we can deliver the same amount po…
 
Today's tip is about techniques that we all doing martial arts but have a limited effectiveness. I'm using a sidekick as an example and talking about when, where, how to use it and when not to use it, as well as the shortfalls the technique has. But this also applies to other techniques that I don't discuss. As with many of my tips these are things…
 
Most forms of martial arts to do some form of Kia, and almost 100% of the time it has the same use "to develop power" but that's only a part of what the Kiai is all about. In this episode I will give you five reasons to Kiai some are more obvious than others. As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold of me sending …
 
One of my all-time favourite techniques is a body rush. Today I explain what is a body rush and how to perform it, and more importantly when is the best time to use it. The intimidation fact that this technique offers is worth its weight in gold.Here is a link to a video that helps to explain tip 37. http://youtu.be/XLJEzr2IB1k just cut and paste a…
 
Here is a a quick tip for you it is a simple way to train and improve your movement when counter-attacking. Learning how not to be a target and forcing the opposition into a position where it wrecks their attack so you can score with your technique.As always I thrive on your feedback and suggestions if you want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, …
 
Today's tips a little bit longer, martial arts is a very personal sport. Everybody has a different body type or build so it stands to reason that you're martial arts needs to be adapted to your body type. The way each martial artist develops power can vary between styles and body types it important to look outside the square and sometimes outside o…
 
I have spoke about this a few times before, but now I decided to put it in its own category. Understanding how much aggression can be used in different situations it is imperative for being successful in martial arts competitions and it also flows over into real life situations.If you have any other comments or questions please don't hesitate to e-…
 
In this step I get into the nuts and bolts on how I used to psych myself up for competition. This may not be suitable for everybody however I have taught it to many people and it seems to work extremely well. Enjoy.If you have any other comments or questions please don't hesitate to e-mail me my e-mail is, scott@pollets.com.au…
 
This tip is about understanding your physical attributes and using them to your advantage, whether you're tall or small heavyset or light in frame, understanding your advantages and disadvantages is extremely helpful to be a successful competitor.If you have any other comments or questions please don't hesitate to e-mail me my e-mail is, scott@poll…
 
Being brave and having courage doesn't come easily to everybody, certainly some people find it much easier than others. I believe that everyone has courage and bravely, but just like kicking and punching some of us need to learn how to develop it. I have put together five steps that I hope you will find helpful.If you have any other comments or que…
 
As discussed in previous tips, closing the gap is super important if you want to score a technique on your opposition. There are many ways and methods to close the gap. Many of them involve sheer speed. In this episode I'm going to discuss two ways of closing the gap in a very sneaky manner so the opposition doesn't realise what is actually happeni…
 
When it comes to competition fighting, to win we must use every available strategy available to us. It's great to be able to initiate an attack or do great counter-attacks but sometimes our opposition may have or may seem to have fantastic weapons. Or in other words there kicks and/or punches just seemed to be fantastic. So how do we deal with this…
 
This is a question I have been asked many times, over the many years I have been teaching I have seen many explanations on this sum I agree with some I think are very wrong.In the tip today I give you my take on where you should look when you are sparring whether it be in the class or in a tournament.If you have any other comments or questions plea…
 
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