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English native Richard Heselton shows you his fast bareknuckle style in his quest to be Shotokan champion of the world.Video Rating: 4 / 5
Tags: Fight, Fighter, Heselton, Japan, Richard, richard heselton jka
May 12, 2011 at 8:32 am (UTC 0)
@ndileonardo Well, for people who have issues with hard contact, WKF rules karate usually allows much less contact than JKA these days. There are even some organizations who allow NO contact (stopping all techniques a inch before impact),
Personally I think I´ll stick to trying to avoid getting KO´d under kyokushin knockdown rules. I can admire JKA style fighting, but the “stop after every hit” thing annoys me. I prefer long full contact exchanges, even if they look sloppy in technique.
May 12, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC 0)
@kolsyrade my broken ribs would agree with you. But hey, this is karate. If you don’t want to deal with the contact, maybe you should do Tai Chi instead! Or Yoga. or Cardio Kickboxing.
May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am (UTC 0)
THIS IS NOT KARATE! A warning from a JKA life member: I spent a long time training and teaching this activity. Because of many contradictions I saw and heard, I began a study of karate from it’s beginning; what it really is, why it was developed, how it was taught, what it’s general syllabus was. The JKA is a shell, they have eliminated much of original karate and have invalidated it as a martial art. Read comments my site, the truth is obvious through study if you are willing to see it.
May 12, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC 0)
this video’s audio is messed up
May 12, 2011 at 10:37 am (UTC 0)
Im in his shoes… well someday.
May 12, 2011 at 10:41 am (UTC 0)
May 12, 2011 at 11:03 am (UTC 0)
@fightjapanrc sorry for the double post. I can’t see where my first response went. well, I did not see the roy Jones fight. Well I maybe in denial. but i do want Richard to be successful in the JKA All Japan tournaments. This way, at least for me, i could say that there are no racism in the JKA tournament.
May 12, 2011 at 11:33 am (UTC 0)
@fightjapanrc hmmm… i did not see that one. maybe you have a poinit and maybe I am just in the denial stage. I hope you are wrong on this one. i do have a question. Is Rich still competing? was he able to reach best 8 on the last All Japan? I don want him to be sucessful in these tournaments to at least, for me, erase some notion about “they only want a Japanese to win” notion.
May 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm (UTC 0)
@rcadag When the Japanese are trying to gain internaitonal support like in Shinkyokushin the reffing is fair. However, in other events they are only surpassed by Koreans in corrupt reffing. Watch the Roy Jones Olympic fight if you want to see downright laughable corruption at the Olympic level with the whole world watching.
May 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm (UTC 0)
@MsJoeaverage I was able to live in Japan for 2 years and yes, there are some who are racist but generally the Japanese are good people. Well, I think it’s to each his own experience….
May 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC 0)
I wouldn’t wanna spar with him… he’s got those big eyes that says bang!
May 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC 0)
Yes, japanese people are very racist. They cannot stand to lose to a gaijin. They think they are better than everyone else in the world and they will try to prove it, even if they have to cheat. Japanese have a complex about their height,and the size of their penis, therefore they hate foreigners. They want to stay in their protected little world and lie to themselves, and everyone else. Japanese are the worst racists I have ever seen, and I have lived around the world. They are jealous.
May 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm (UTC 0)
He was able to reach best 8 in, was it 2004 All Japan Trounament? Is he still participating in all japan tounaments? REaching best 8 is already an accomplishment but I could not see his name in the latests tournaments.
May 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm (UTC 0)
May 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm (UTC 0)
i just saw rich yesterday in the Kanto ka tai
he was in good form. i cant help but want to fight him next year in the comp…
May 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm (UTC 0)
rich is my son’s karate teacher! a very dedicated person to his craft, and a wonderful person.
May 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm (UTC 0)
This man is so inspiring…I think i’ve watched this video 30 times!
May 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm (UTC 0)
There just aren’t many who ever spent enough time in japan to learn to move like this.
Heselton is the product of the university system. It’s very hard to get where he got without spending at least a couple of years in that system.
May 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm (UTC 0)
there are quite a few non-Japanese who have reached that level.
May 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm (UTC 0)
He’s very good I’m glad that a non-japanese can reach such a level.
May 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm (UTC 0)
Thanks for that, I’ll give it a try, brilliant videos by the way
May 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm (UTC 0)
They are home made. Just tape a squash ball, racquet ball, or tennis ball to some surgical tubing. If you braid the tubing you can give it a bit of an irregular wiggle which helps tune up the eyes. This really improves accuracy and timing
May 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm (UTC 0)
anyone know where the small speed balls are from (or are they ‘home made’)?
Any help would be really appreciated
Ok lets talk the truth, he has great spirit, but he lost, point fighting that is. Should I go on?
May 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm (UTC 0)
Lol now that funny!
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