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  • Writer's pictureMatt Powell

Nice Saw….. what else is in your toolkit?

I am not a tradesman…… At best I am a semi-enthusiastic Do-It-Yourself person who is happy to do (some) jobs.

I need to plan and set aside time to thoroughly complete a task. If it is outside my skillset or comfort zone, I value time to think and appraise so that I can try to complete the task myself, or (if the job does not satisfy these criteria) I will seek to employ a trades-person.

I have often compared tools in a toolkit to a student’s repertoire of techniques that they could confidently utilise under different circumstances. Many a time at the dojo I have repeated myself and encouraged the students to develop....

one particular-punch,

one considered block,

one devastating kick

and one (especially) spiteful strike.

I suspect that even the most cautious of DIY person would have the equivalent essentials in their toolkit. A Drill to create holes, a saw to cut wood, a hammer to drive in nails and a screwdriver to assemble or take things apart.

Some people may never use these, others may get them out once-in-a-while. Regardless, it is comforting to know these tools are there ‘just in case’.

As I review Social Media and other online resource, I find it fascinating that so much content exists on Karate. Numerous videos, articles, books, and debates are available on nuance and emphasis for particular-techniques, postures, and movements.

I think it is a little overwhelming and for most students unnecessary.

Many people (myself included) started karate with a desire to be able to defend themselves. I discovered that to be able to effectively do so I needed a basic karate ‘tool-kit’ of techniques. Over time I have complimented these by developing my attitude, confidence, and timing. I have also worked on my familiarity with distance.

I have chosen to face my personal battle with the Lockdown restrictions by concentrating on these fundamental tools I have in my Karate toolkit. After all, regardless of prowess, skill or experience a skilled tradesperson will often reach for the same tools as you or I.

The difference is the finesse, confidence and experience they employ when they use them!

For those of you who simply desire the ability to defend yourselves effectively, I would encourage you to adopt a similar strategy to your training.

Please remember that it matters little how expensive or sophisticated their tools are, even for the most skilled expert.....................

When the power runs-out their tools do not work!

Keep your energy levels high, fuel up and be honest with yourselves about your fitness.

Are you charged fully and are you able to complete the job?

If so...............the answer is simple.

Get training and sharpen your tools!

otherwise you will be relying on others to do the job for you!

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