I was wondering what people thought the applications for a shotokan-style morotre-uke was?
I started out in Shotokan, but I was never convinced by the idea of it as a block where the back arm was augmenting the block, simply because experimentation showed that unless you augment at the point of the block, all you are doign is gproviding a fulcrum, thus making the block weaker. There were other applications such as stepping past someone and throwing them to your forward, or simultaneousblock\strikes. I was never entirely convinced by them however.
I've been doing Goju-ryu for a while now, and am working a lot on Seunchin. The moote-uke there makes a lot more sense to me from an augmentation point of view.Also, I did a course with Sensei Masaji Taira recently where he showed the same hand movements being used to immediatly follow a block with a strike to the face, where the strikign hand was "hiddenW behind the block. This made a lot more sense.
I'm wondering if the shotokan morote-uke is either something overt, like a throw, that wouldn't be in the modern syllabus, or if the form has changed over the years so the natural application isn't there any more.