Hosting a Seminar with Hanshi McCarthy
Hanshi Patrick McCarthy will be returning to Ireland in May 2010 for a series of seminars in Galway and Monaghan.
If you are interested in hosting a seminar then please contact us at email@example.com or 086 8764249.
Also we are seeking expressions of interest from individuals/clubs/organisations that would consider hosting Hanshi McCarthy in their club/dojo, if you are interested in exploring this possibility.
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The topic of the seminar would (of course) be your choice, but here are a few examples of previous seminars given.
(Model Examples & Postures)
Probably one of the most common reasons behind the popularity of international seminars these days is the genuine desire to truly understand the nature and application of traditional kata. Most of McCarthy Sensei’s success over the years has been built up around his seminars on kata and their highly functional application practices.
(Sticky-hand sensitivity drills)
Until quite recently, most of the karate world had believed that such dynamic practices were limited to southern Chinese quanfa and had no connection to karate. However, the publication of the English language translation of the Bubishi has provided a wider audience with the evidence linking the origins of karate through Okinawa to Fujian quanfa. As a result, these sticky-hand and kosuri (arm rubbing) practices have become much more widely accepted. At the forefront of a movement to collect and study Muchimi-style drills, McCarthy Hanshi has successfully re-introduced many of these two-person practices he discovered in the years he spent in field research of the karate progenitor styles that can be found in Fujian.
(Two-person checking, trapping, & close-combat drills).
While classical Tegumi represents the plebeian-style grappling techniques of old-Okinawa, Hanshi McCarthy also saw fit to seek out, collect, study and include many of the two-person drills he had located in his research of various South East Asian combative traditions (including Silat, Arnis, and southern quanfa; i.e. Southern Praying Mantis, White Crane, Monk Fist & Wing Chun etc.). These practices help develop timing, awareness and sensitivity — especially at close range — using the hands, elbows, knees and head. From this, a unique collection of Kote-, Kashi-, and Tai-gitae/tanren (arm-, leg-, and body-conditioning), kakie (pushing hands), checking and trapping drills were systematized and included in his teaching curriculum. McCarthy Hanshi uses them to link fundamental technique to its corresponding defensive themes & application principles. One of the fastest growing practices; Tegumi blasts open the door to discovering kata application without adversely effecting the signature characteristics of one's own style or system. McCarthy Sensei has brought together some 36 individual two-person drills from old-school karate, its southern quanfa progenitors, and SE Asian disciplines into a graduated system of learning.
A hands-on training opportunity to learn the pragmatic kumite practices of Motobu Choki (1870-1944), arguably the most formidable karateka ever to come out of Okinawa.
Other topics include.....
Kuzushi, Nage & Ukemi-waza
(Balance Displacement, Throwing, Tumbling & Falling/Landing)
(Lessons in Restraint/Immobilization)
(Strangulations-chokes/Sealing the Breath)
(Joint Manipulation, Seizing Connective Tissue & Cavity Pressing)
(Grappling & finishing holds)
Junbi/Seri & Hojo Undo
A seminar on preparatory/cool-down exercises and training with classical supplementary equipment.
Yamane Ryu Kubudo
Yamaneryu bojutsu employs swift but powerful circular motion, a distinct pattern of twisting thrusts, vibrant body dynamics and pliable footwork. Some are of the opinion that the method is closely connected to So-jutsu, the art of spearman-ship. However, its pliable manner is consistent with the old-school Chinese-based Uchinadi once practiced during Okinawa's old Ryukyu Kingdom.