At the club I train with, Shotokan, we have a self defence appication for the Kyu grades when it comes round to grading. This term its a bear hug with arms pinned and without them pinned. This is from behind though.
I was wondering if there were any applications in Kata that 'might' help when being grabbed in this way. I perform applications from the Kata in class with some of my students and we have them attacking each other with grabs, hook pucnhes etc as in Iain's dvd's. But when it comes to the bear hug, I cant seem to think of any part of the shotokan katas that have this.
It has been shown to me that the first move of Yondan can be an application from the bear hug but I would like to know more
Or is it just a case of lowering your body weight and stepping out to the side to atack the groin/swinging head back/ or even grabbing the leg once you have lowered your weight down so you can do a takedown.
Think I am trying too hard.