I would like to share the following and many training drills regarding the pulling hand in kata. Some of you may already train using the idea, if not then i hope it is of some interest and something you can use in training.
The pulling hand sometimes doesnt make sense or may seem to be wasted when blocking etc in kata etc, for example in the street i would not pull the hand back if i were to block an attack, i really dont want a dead hand when in a real fight. The pulling hand is ok if drawing someone in if they have grabbed the wrist etc, or if an attacker is close behind and use the pulling hand as an elbow strike or if your grabbing etc.
Lets look at the pulling hand in a different bunkai application: When using the pulling hand in kata (or basics) the fist or open hand touches ones own body, the kata (pulling hand) is telling or giving you a target to strike your opponent.
For example in Pinan Shodan or Heian Nidan the left hand blocks (of course this could also be a strike) and the right arm or fist touches the temple, head etc, so there is the target on your attacker, block the attack and strike at the same time. If the pulling hand rests on waist or kidney area, again there is the target, block and strike the kidney or waist area.
Why wast time blocking, pulling the hand back then a strike. Really doesnt make a lot of sense, using the ideas above one never has a dead hand in training or in a real fight.
Again some of you may already use the above in training or it may have been a past topic, if not then i hope it is of interest and why not give it a try next training session. It really does give more 2 person bunkai drills (if you havent got enough already,lol) and makes kata even more fascinating.
I will be posting a few examples on youtube in the next week or so, Jikoboei Ryu/google/youtube.