authors of this production, Yukiyoshi Marutani and Hideharu Igaki, are two
of the best kept secrets of the American karate scene. Marutani is a former
Japanese team member and a U.S. national coach; Igaki is also a national coach
and trainer of the most successful young American competitors in a generation.
While the less able instructors spend a fairly large portion of their time
in self-promotion, the most dedicated and talented people tend to spend theirs
training. This is certainly the case with Messieurs Marutani and Igaki, who
will nightly be found in their dojos coaching this and the next generation
of championship fighters. They both firmly believe, and teach, that there
is only one karate and that kata, training and kumite are all elements of
it. Both are intimidating competitors; both study kata assiduously, and both
belong to the "hard training makes good karate men" school of traditional
program, appropriately entitled "Winning," is a unique product that
approaches the subject from two directions which converge at a single point
with the message--train to win! There are combinations, evasions, kicking
and punching techniques--a combat tool kit, if you like. The training regime
shown is that used by the majority of the successful U.S. teams, and it's
both impressive and practical. But underlying the visual excitement on the
screen is a philosophical approach to competition that usually becomes apparent
to the viewer after the video has been seen a number of times.
instructors are complete professionals; this is what they do all day, every
day, and it shows. What they are teaching is how to fight and win, not just
a few tricks to increase your odds of winning. This is a sort of immersion
course in competition karate at the highest level that will not only have
you winning championships but also, through skill and knowledge, keep you
out of harm's way. The content is powerful, practical and useful, and the
production quality is first class. The program is an excellent value, being
crammed with techniques, training tips and demonstrations. I understand from
the production house that many copies have been bought by well-known instructors
other than the authors, which is probably the best recommendation that any
production like this could have.
-- Competition Karateby Yukiyoshi Marutani and Hideharu Igaki. Assisted by
Steve Robinson, Alex Ringler, Doug Selchen, etc. Running time: 55 minutes.
Includes warming up and stretching for competition karate; stances; footwork;
timing; pressuring the opponent; unbalancing the opponent; simple and combination
techniques for competition, and much more.
ship within 24hrs.)
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