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Utilising the opening sequence from the kata Kosokun Dai (Kanku Dai, Kushanku) I have created 4 separate drills, all from differing parts of the kata. Progressing from covering your head to striking and taking the enemy down to finishing using the focus mitts to help develop power in a safe way. THen removing the focus mitts to drill them all.
I was not sure where to post this so if Iain you think it should be in Kata Application can please move it.
Very often I hear from karate practitioners that Jun /Yoko tsuki is useless, as it is awkward and don’t have power. I disagree with that and I think it is a great punch, very often used in boxing. This technique has great stopping power and gives us great movement to enter the blind spot.
Here is another kihon application drill for the high block; this one involves a lapel grab. Being grabbed in a self-defense context is a very dangerous scenario. One should do everything possible to keep from being grabbed. However, we need to have strategies and skills to deal with situations in which we are grabbed. This video looks at one way to apply the high block (jodan uke) as a means for dealing with a lapel grab. This drill also explores the basics of take downs–in this case, moving the head backwards faster than the feet can move to maintain balance.
Following on from the Ananko bunkai drills Parts 1, 2 & 3 this drill incorporates the use of focus mitts to allow impact development of the kata techniques in a safe way. Bridging a gap between bunkai practise and kata based sparring with a partner.
Thanks for watching all parts and the kind words, much appreciated!
A short clip of a drill I taught yesterday in the "warm up" section ready for the Mittmaster seminar. The initial punch is used as a pre-emptive motion and should that fail to finish the confrontation in this drill we gave the pad holder four options.
1) Pad holder covers the pad (indicates a cover of their head once the shot has been delivered) we then used the Hiki-Te "pulling hand" common to karate to remove this obstruction to clear a line for the shot.
This week's Waza Wednesday goes over a drill for working uke-waza (receiving techniques) in an offensive manner, by incorporating them into a striking sequence, and it also features our California affiliate, Geoff Mires.