Karate Vs Fencing – Can They Switch Sports? | Sports Swap Challenge


(SPORTS SWAP)(KENTA CHIDA JPN.
FENCING)
(AGE: 32 HEIGHT: 170cm
WEIGHT: 70kg)
Kenta Chida.(OLYMPIC GAMES LONDON 2012
SILVER MEDALLIST)
(HIROTO GOMYO JPN
KARATE)
(AGE: 21 HEIGHT: 172cm
WEIGHT: 67kg)
(ASIAN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
2015 BRONZE MEDALLIST)
Wow!(SPORTS SWAPKARATE FENCING
FENCING KARATE)
(FENCING HAS BEEN AN OLYMPIC
SPORT SINCE ATHENS 1896)
How do you do? I’m Kenta Chida,
nice to meet you.
Pleased to meet you too,
I’m Hiroto Gomyo.
The starting stance is similar
in both sports, but in fencing
you use the sword,
and karate only uses the body,
but movement and speed
are important in both sports.
(KARATE WILL MAKE ITS OLYMPIC
DEBUT AT THE TOKYO GAMES)
Have you ever tried karate?I have seen it,
but never tried.
– Would you like to try it?
– Yes, I’d love to.
I was shocked
at how loud the voice was.
I can’t do anything without
a sword.
(THE KIT)Hiroto, it suits you very well.Thank you.So today we’re doing foil
and this, the lamé.
You score a point
if you hit this target.
Are there any sensors in it?Yes, at the front and the back.(LAMÉS ARE ELECTRICALLY
CONDUCTIVE JACKETS
(THAT RELAY HITS ON TARGET
TO THE SCORING SYSTEM)
This is the mask for the foil.This mesh is very strong
and keeps you protected.
You can score points
by landing on the silver bit
but not on the mesh.There are three fencing events:
épée, sabre and foil.
(EACH FORM USES A DIFFERENT
WEAPON WITH SEPARATE RULES)
Today you’re going to
experience the foil
which is my event.What a unique shape!You will see how
easy it is to grip.
Put your thumb here, like
you’re going to hand-shake.
That’s right.The karategi feels
very light and thin.
It’s different from judogi,there’s no grabbing,
so it’s thin to aid movement.
Yes, it’s easy to move.Next, these are for protection,your feet, your shins
and then for your hands.
(THE INITIATION)Before we start,
let me explain the rules.
If you touch on this silver bit
there will be a coloured light.
Then if you hit me,
the green lights up.
If you hit elsewhere,
there will be a white light.
The white lights
do not score points.
When we land at the same time,it’s whoever landed first
that gets the point.
(FIRST TO FIVE)Ready, go!3-0!Wow!Wow!How did you find that?I thought I could do it, but
it’s very different to karate.
It was difficult to see
with the mask on and to judge
the distance, so I couldn’t
control the sword.
I thought I was
making scoring points,
but then I realised
it was you that was landing.
I found the timing
of the actions difficult.
The score is not really
important, I feel positive.
Hiroto has a good shape
and carries himself well.
I’ll give you an example of
kumite, have a look at this.
Why don’t you give it a try?It’s too difficult
for a beginner!
Don’t worry, I’ll just defend
and you attack.
– Feel free to hit me!
– Yes.
I managed to
sense the distance,
but I couldn’t hit you.Even though he’s a beginner,when he was attacking,
he stepped forward.
So when he learns
the skills he can make points.
(THE BASICS)(ATTACK)– Let’s practise how to attack.
– Yes.
I will thrust my sword to you,so can you parry
my sword and riposte?
Yep, like that.There are a lot of areas
to target, for example here.
Or you can bend the sword,
parry and flick.
Also it’s easy
to attack this lower bit,
so can you try and do that?There are many different waysof using the sword
to counterattack.
You circle and riposte.You circle and riposte.
That’s right.
To riposte from this side,
how do I do it?
If you grip
the handle loosely…
..then flick.Is it better to do it gently?Yes, you’ll get
more points that way.
Now I’d like to show
the basic skills of kumite.
I’ll demonstrate with my
partner, so please have a look.
– Thank you.
– Thank you.
This is Jodan Tsuki.You can use either hand…..whichever is OK to punch.Next it’s Chudan Tsuki,
targeting the body.
You can get the point
by hitting the opponent’s body.
(KICKS)Next, let’s try kicking.Usually you use your back leg
to kick the torso…
..or the head.Do it to the head.I don’t think
I can reach that high!
(KIAI)When you try to get the point
and do it in silence,
it’s not as forceful.
So Kiai, with your movement.
Make the noise from your gut.Your Kiai is getting
much better.
Ha-ha! My arm movement
doesn’t match my voice.
(THE CHALLENGE)(FENCING DUEL)(FIRST TO FIVE)Ready, go!3-1.3-2.3-3.4-3.– Thank you very much.
– Thank you.
I can see how much you’ve
improved from our practice,
so it was very good.I can now judge the
distance and timing,
compared to the first go.It wasn’t by accident that he
got three points, he meant it.
(30 SECONDS
TO LAND A SCORING BLOW)
Now use your skills and let’s
see how you fare in fight.
Time!How was it?I still feel it’s difficult,but it’s easier after your
lesson.
Kicking was
very difficult for me.
First of all,
I never lift my leg like that.
Your movement is much
better than the first fight,
because you’re
combining the skills.
(SHOWBOATING)(WHO’S GOT THE MOVES?)(SPORTS SWAP)

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