Control: What Does It Really Mean?
Master William Scott Shamblin
- Control of an opponent.
- Control of techniques.
2. Control of an opponent. This means to re-direct or immobilize an opponent. This is achieved through striking, the use
of leverage, momentum, timing, body positioning, technique and the use of proper distance. It is also done through
psychological means, such as intimidation or mental un-balancing (i.e., creating a sense of doubt or fear in an opponent.)
3. Control of techniques. Safety in training is the first priority. Keep in mind that Isshin-ryu Karate is about hitting the
othe person. Understand that you will hit and you will get hit. It has been said that there are very few techniques in Isshin-
ryu Karate that if carried through to completion will not injure someone. Therefore, in training it is important to use a
certain amount of restraint when working with partners. In real world self-defense, it is full contact. Remember this: Good
control means being able to drive through a target when you need to or stopping short of injury when you want to. It is
simply a matter of adjusting the targets.
In Isshinryu Karate, we do not pull punches. When we pull punches, all we are doing is getting good at missing targets! When training with a partner we simply strike (with power and speed) to a target just short of full penetration. In self-defense, if we need to, we adjust to full penetration to do maximum damage. Either way, we never miss our target. THAT is control.