The Martial Arts Approach.

As I have stated in the Though for the day 2 page, the martial arts approach, for me anyway, has always been a fascination. The key of course has been the research and by this we're talking thousands of hours (the contents in this web site maybe amounts to 10% of the information that I have collected and analyzed). I have written three books on skill and tactical progressions amounting to approx 800 pages and over 3,000 diagrams over the past 15 years which I will endeavor to put on this site over the next year or so. either in a illustration, picture, animation or video clip format.

Two of my most satisfactory moments have been the translation of the "Art of War" by Sun Tzu into a hockey warfare text towards my Bachelors degree and my book on tactical applications based on a KATA as well as a KUMITE format applications specific to the game of hockey. The Kata in Japanese martial arts is a term used to describe basic skill training, performed individually in a short or long movement format that may take 1 minute or more to complete. The Kumite is skill interaction between two people in a combative environment. Again, each student interacts one on one through choreographed pre-determined series of skill movements (striking, kicking, blocking, etc) with the objective to focus on speed and pattern recognition.

The following diagrams will progress you through some of the individual skill progressions from a skating and puck handling format as well as through an interactive format in a one on one situation. As mentioned, I will be unable to include all of the drawings that are in my book at this time due to the sheer volume but at least you will have an basic idea.


Onward then;


In the diagram shown below I have used short game fundamentals for demonstration of progression.


Form 1 -  Obvious skills that will be demonstrated in this environment  are: Forward crossovers, Heel Drive, and Gliding


Form 2 - Obvious skills demonstrated in this test would be: Forward Crossovers, Heel Drive, Gliding, Tight Turn (inside position), Crossover Acceleration.


Form 3 - Same as 2 with the exception of Tight Turn (outside position).


Form 4 - Obvious skills demonstrated in this would be: Forward Crossovers, Heel Drive, Tight Turn, Glide, Lateral Counter, Acceleration.

These basic formations, cover most of the skating variations that would occur down low (not including pivoting).


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