Under: karate
26 Jul 2009

8 Responses to “The Karate Tournament Match; Make Your Strategy Work!”

  1. Bob Patterson Says:


    Nice post! I’ve been saying for years that even a sport boxer can defend himself or herself. You might be interested in the first news item, here:



  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Bob,

    I remember that story! She was a prison guard or something like that – that competed in sport karate right? I’ve always said you never know when you’ll have to defend yourself… could be sick, injured, drunk or whatever – you’ll just have to depend on yourself.


  3. SueC Says:

    Hi John, thanks for your insights into sparring, its really interesting to understand someone elses mindset when sparring. I was particularly interested in the way you use kicks – this seemed to be your preferred opening. We’re generally trained to use round house or hook kicks but i find these hard to execute quickly. The side kick looks much easier and just as effective – I think I’ll give that one ago next time I’m training. Thanks

  4. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Sue,
    I was fast on my left side and powerful on my right side. My favorite move was a left inverted lunge punch (inverted to hit the ribs under the elbow).
    Side kicks are excellent to keep someone off of you or to attack. I liked them and flip kicks (kind of a lunging roundhouse off of the front foot).
    Whatever your favorite moves – just learn to mix them up and employ them offensively as well as defensively. Then you just have to play with the timing to get your opponent to think you are doing one thing and then whamo! Get them with another.
    You’ll do fine – just have fun experimenting and asking your instructor for guidance if something is not working right.

  5. Kim Says:

    Your side kick is a great weapon, whether you chose to use it offensively OR defensively. Hate those. Even if your side kick is blocked, it still hurts! I think I still have the marks to prove it. Loved watching that match John. Makes ya want to start it up again.

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Kim,

    I hope you will be ready to work out soon buddy! I’d love to get you to the next level :)

  7. Matt Klein Says:

    John Zimmer, man you have a good California Blitz. Never realized you were that fast. Watching the video wanted me to get back in the ring again. Love the blitz, to this day it is nearly impossible to stop. We use the traditional blitz and also the blitz with the trailing leg (driving off the front leg). Its all good! If a good blitzer has excellent kicks (like your slip or drag kick) nobody can beat them. Excellent video.

  8. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Matt, thanks – we had some good examples to learn from… Larry McCraw, Victor Hervias, John West to name a few… I always used to get impatient playing the waiting game and favored making my own oppertunity for an opening.