What kind of application do you create from crossed leg sideway motions?
I know that the idea usually is that all kata movement has combattive purpose, but I just got the idea that all crossing steps in Tekki/Naihanchi could actually just divide the kata into sequences/pictures due to the lack of real turns.
So we get
- the yoi scene
- the second scene from the rising knee and haisho uke with the empi and the strikes until the next crossing step
- the third scene with the uraken or uchi uke or however you may call/use it, the uppercut, the sweeping motions until the double strike, from where the kata is mirrored
That kind of division is also sort of highlighted by the slower execution - I have never seen someone "speeding" through that crossing step. Does that make sense or do you really do anything in a sideways cross legged motion?
I don't know how reasonable other ideas like "kung fu evasion jump" are; assuming a straight attack, it feels really slow and bad as a tai sabaki motion: my face is still in place and moves slowly with my full body, while I could just lean and step a bit in a fraction of that time.
And then there is not much in other katas. The only kata I can come up with that even does hand techniques in crossed sideway motions is Matsumura no Passai by McCarthy. It combines manji uke with crossed legs and it uses a similar hand motion to the end of Jion, but also in a crossed stance, deliberately sinking down even.
The application completely eludes me... it is bad for pulling/carrying someone, kneeling on someone does not make sense with the kind or lack of hand movement and a knee strike is usually shown by standing on one leg and keeping the other foot in the back of the leg (manji uke with that kind of stance is part of Gankaku/Chinto for example). It might make sense with a kick but there isn't one. And then the sinking down part even...