Body Condition

5th Dans Mark Hallam and Jeremy Crook building body condition
5th Dans Mark Hallam and Jeremy Crook building body condition


AKDS training aims to improve a person's body condition (the state of being settled and relaxed, while focused and mobile).  Harada Sensei's unique exercises set our practice apart from other training regimens.  Some aspects include:

A. Techniques...
    The basic vocabulary of martial arts (punches, kicks, blocks, etc.). Aligning the skeleton in accord with natural laws allows creating structures sufficient to accept and redirect energy flow.

B. Muscle Control...
    Rigidity is a flawed body condition, while learning to relax, expand, or fire specific muscles in rapid sequence enables faster response and increased power. Eliminating tension in muscles and joints allows energy to flow toward impact rather than merely touching for points or pushing for effect.

C. Stability...
    Being settled in postures (snapshots of movement) enables explosive attack, quick retreat, and strong but flexible structures for redirecting energy.

D. Mobility...
    Muscularly controlled motion as opposed to weight-shifting, attained through constant motion in relation to a partner rather than against an opponent.

E. Distance & Timing...
    Moving with a partner--rather than reacting to an opponent--makes possible the sensing of intention and correct judgment of distance, speed, and timing.

Because words fail to express these ideals adequately, the only way to understand KDS practice is to experience them firsthand. We invite those interested in a serious, life-time study to join us at an AKDS club near you!

Jeremy Sensei Marie Tekki BYU
Sensei Harada and Marie Kellett visit America