Be yourself

A lot of people that I teach try really hard to be someone else.  In their eyes they should be like pop or film stars or like fitness models.  I too have been guilty of this, striving towards and pretending to be a better version of myself.  Unfortunately this way of thinking leads to nothing good as we will always have this internal battle between our true self and the false projection.  You will never know what potential you may have until you release your true you.  Since I stopped worrying about who I wanted to be and started to be the person that I truly am my life has blossomed.  I do what I love, I’m with who I love and I’m enjoying life.  Most importantly my life has started to come together and I’m successful, perhaps not in the eyes of others, but in my own, which makes me an incredibly lucky man.  I like this quote by Oscar Wilde a lot:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Here is a fable about a ‘cracked pot’ which describes how we are shortsighted and not seeing our true potential and purpose.

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“A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it somewhat. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Be yourself no matter what flaws you may think you have, others might take them as your most valued qualities.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

 

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Seipai Opening Section – Bunkai

This clip shows the opening part of the Seipai kata. On this clip I have unfortunately missed elbow in application. Soon I will post a full bunkai to Seipai.
To learn and practice this application please seek instruction under the supervision of a qualified Sensei.

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Kind regards,

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Three Applications for Jodan Uke and Gedan Barai Sequence

This video demonstrates our way of viewing use of the technique in this case Jodan Uke followed by Gedan Barai.

  1. Off balancing- Kuzushi or Nage
  2. Joint locks- Tuite or Kansetsu waza
  3. Strikes – Atemi

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Seienchin Bunkai

This video illustrates some of the applications that were taught at our Seienchin ( Seiyunchin) seminar. This seminar examined a few of the many possible bunkai for the kata Seienchin.

 

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Uchi uke, Soto Uke Application

​This video demonstrates our way of viewing use of the technique in this case Uchi Uke followed by Soto uke.

  1. Off balancing- Kuzushi or Nage
  2. Joint locks- Tuite or Kansetsu waza
  3. Strikes – Atemi

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      About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

      MAFMH

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      We would like to invite you all to attend a ‘Martial Arts for Mental Health’ event. This seminar dedicated to raising funds to support wellbeing and good mental health. The event is organised by LB Posture Training. The money raised from the event will go to support the work of The Welcome Project in Waverley. The Welcome Project is a part of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation and registered charity which works with people across Surrey struggling with issues around drugs, alcohol and mental health. The Welcome Project works in partnership with other organisations and volunteers to provide a variety of activities, support, guidance and opportunities for people who feel isolated, have lost their focus, suffer from anxiety or need a change of direction.

      Key Event Details:
      • When: Sunday 9th of April, from 10:00 to 15:00.
      More detailed timings are as follows
      o 09:30 doors open
      o 10:00 morning session (prompt start)
      o 12:00 lunch break
      o 12:45 regroup
      o 13:00 afternoon session
      o 15:00 finish

      • Where: Surrey Sports Park (SSP) (for details on how to get there please visit their website here: http://www.surreysportspark.co.uk/guestinformation/howtofindus/)

      • Cost: Entry donation is £10 or more (if you are feeling generous)
      Please note that if you are unable to attend this event but would still like to contribute you can do so via our JustGiving page here:

      http://www.justgiving.com/MAFMH

      • Booking: As space is limited we would really appreciate it if those who are planning to attend either select ‘going’ on the Facebook event or let us know via email at les.bubka@lbposture.com.

      • Important notices:
      o SSP have a policy of not permitting any food or drink to be consumed on site unless purchased at SSP. Please note that there is a Starbucks and Sports Bar onsite for refreshments.
      o Please do not take photographs as we require a SSP permit to do so. If you would like photographs of the event please ask us to take them on your behalf (using our camera).

      Martial Arts Represented:
      There will be a variety of Martial Arts presented at this seminar including Aikido, Karate and Jiu Jitsu. There will also be a demonstration of Taiso. We are extremely grateful to those who have offered their time to support this event. Please find details of the instructors below.
      Confirmed styles and instructors:

      Aikido with Hanshi Roger Payne
      The Way of Spiritual Harmony. The Aikido we practice includes throws, joint locks and immobilisations, all carried out in a ‘Self Defence’ manner.

      Jiu Jitsu with Renshi Jim Rooney
      The Myo Shin Ryu Jiu Jitsu system places emphasis on throwing, pinning, and joint-locking techniques.

      Jardine Karate with Sensei Matt Jardine
      A pressure tested practice covering stand-up, clinch and ground fighting. A synthesis of arts, styles and experiences aimed at helping students define and design their own answers to their unique martial arts needs.

      Shin ai do Karate with Sensei Les Bubka
      Shin ai do Karate is an all-round full-contact style that inherits from Karate schools such as Goju Ryu and Kyokushin.

      Further Information:
      If you would like to learn more about the causes we are supporting please visit the links below:

      http://www.catalystsupport.org.uk/

      http://www.welcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk/

      If you would like to know more about the instructors that have dedicated their time to support this event please visit the links below:

      http://www.msmas.org/

      http://mcsda.co.uk/

      http://www.jardinekarate.com/

      http://www.lbposture.com/

      http://www.shinaidokarate.com/

      If you have any further queries about this event, please contact Les via les.bubka@lbposture.com.

      Link to the event below:

      https://www.facebook.com/events/699556546858450/

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      About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.