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Karate Tournaments Tips and Tricks

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 they choose and ar natural fighters. The second is like me, those who aren't gifted athletes but do well at their chosen sport because they have a passion for it. Because I'm not a gifted athlete nor am I a natural fighter but I have done extremely well in martial arts competition. I'm here to give you the tips and tricks that I have learned that have helped me excel in martial arts competition. For some, my tips just may be a refresher, to remind them of some of the basics but to others I'm hoping that they will be a valuable resource for helping their martial arts competition dreams come to reality. Not everyone is a natural fighter but with the right guidance I believe anyone can be a great fighter! These are short 90 second tips to help you win a martial arts tournament If you like my tips please let me know. I have more to come when I get time Drop me a note at scott@pollets.com.au or rate me on Itunes
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Mar 16, 2017

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 get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/

Dec 23, 2016

Here is my Christmas message for 2016, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
As 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 Boyd
My New podcast web page is
http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/

Oct 21, 2016
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 suggestions if you want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Sep 11, 2016
Today I'm talking about different personality traits and how they affect the way you compete. As 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 Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Sep 4, 2016
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 you want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Jul 24, 2016
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-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Jul 9, 2016
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 and the negative side of winning and losing. (Yes there is a negative side to winning!) As 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 Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Jun 12, 2016
Interview With Hanshi Pat Mckean Bio; 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 Jūdan (10th Dan) and one of the pioneers of karate in Australia. Bom in 1950 in India, Hanshi Pat McKean has been training karate continuously from the age of 4. He has been teaching karate in Australia since 1970. Hanshi McKean is a Vietnam Veteran and served with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Infantry in Vietnam in 1970 – 1971. He was the Outstanding Soldier of the Year in 1970. Hanshi McKean has competed in state, national and international competition. He is a fully accredited NSW Department of Sport & Recreation Level 2 Coach, St John’s Ambulance First Aid certified, an International A Grade Referee and is the current National President of the Australian Koshiki Karate-do Federation. Personal strict discipline, good attitude and manners, a healthy diet and good hygiene are stressed at all times. Hanshi McKean makes no exceptions regarding these principles and this ensures that all students receive maximum benefit from regular and sensible training. Unlike numerous Australian, New Zealand, Japanese, Korean, European and American high-grade instructors who very seldom, if ever, train with their students and do not participate in the physical training of their students. Hanshi McKean trains daily with his students and gets to know all his students personally. He does not believe in any secret techniques as the style he teaches is based on traditional as well as modern, scientific and safe principles. As 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 Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
Jun 6, 2016
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 want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
May 27, 2016
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 and how to switch stance so you don't have a downside on a switch. As 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 Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
May 21, 2016

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 confusing

May 21, 2016
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 confusing As 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 Boyd My New podcast web page is http://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/
May 14, 2016
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://karate_tips_and_tricks.libsyn.com/ As 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 Boyd
May 9, 2016
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 isn't realistic to real-life situations because of the band methods that rules in force. I am inclined to agree with him. However, there are positives to tournament fighting in relation to real-life combat. As 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 Boyd
May 1, 2016
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 subject As 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 Boyd
May 1, 2016
Well the answer would be an obvious yes! But there's something else that I would like you to consider have a listen and tell me what you think As 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 Boyd
Apr 17, 2016
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 styles are rubbish. I don't believe it for a second, so I thought I'd give you my views on just how I think on this subject. As 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 Boyd
Nov 14, 2015
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 if you want to get hold of me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd
Oct 31, 2015
Once gain in this tip was inspired by an e-mail I hope you enjoy it As 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 Boyd
Oct 24, 2015
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 me sending an e-mail, scott@pollets.com.au, FB, Shihan Scott Boyd
Sep 19, 2015
Today's tip is about getting things to flow better, when we are sparring and fighting the more techniques flow into each other the more effective they will be. As 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 Boyd
Aug 24, 2015
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 sorting out the rubbish from the gold is no easy task especially when new students are involved. Most martial arts schools usually give a free lesson to try their school out but sometimes you need more than just one lesson the experience good and the bad instructors teach school. I think just about all martial art school work on a hierarchy system, that is to say that rank is the most important thing in most organisations. I don't think this is a bad thing, however, just because a teacher has high belt grading doesn't make them a great teacher. Certainly I high belt grade does represent more knowledge and a perceived level of skill. Over the years in martial arts. I have been taught by many different teachers and some of the best haven't been highly ranked black belt. An example of something I don't agree with is this, recently I was told by a very senior teacher that extreme stretching and flexibility was a bad thing because very flexible martial artist a slow, and this is what gave me the idea for this tip. As 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 Boyd
Jul 24, 2015
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 want or are able. As 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 Boyd
Jul 19, 2015
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 though it can be very heavy combat the chances of being permanently maned are very remote. But in a real-life situation as in a street fight the odds of being hurt are astronomical. I had seen so many karate students that think they know how to street fight and they start throwing reverse punchs and wonder why it doesn't work or like the tae kwon do guys that tries to throw jumping spinning kicks and gets punched in the face and wonders why. We all need to take a dose of reality when it comes to the techniques we use and as this teaches told me we need to test it to breaking point. As 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 Boyd
May 23, 2015
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 kick and understanding where speed is generated from with each particular kick is imperative. Some forms of kicking are better suited for speed techniques and some are suited to power techniques. A classic example of this is a front foot Roundhouse kick should be used for speed and the back foot Roundhouse kick should be used to driving power. However sometimes we may need to change these around. As 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 Boyd
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