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Iain Abernethy
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Awesome Pinan Sandan Based Pad Drills from Simon OBrien!

Hi All,

Some more great applied karate pad drills from fellow BCA / BCKA instructor Simon O'Brien. You’ll like these! :-)

Be sure to subscribe to Simon’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQryirS71OFcNwHs5QAjx3Q

Simon has also Facebook group that may be of interest to many here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KarateWorks/

All the best,


Pinan Sandan Shoulder Lock Pad Drill Part 1

Pinan Sandan Pad Drill part 1 the inside arm swing to under hook and shoulder lock. This time we look at counter striking to set up an under hook and shoulder lock to break the attackers posture and use a knee strike to the head to finish before clearing to distance.

Pinan Sandan Shoulder Lock Pad Drill Part 2

In Part 2 we set up the posture break of the attacker that same way as part 1 except before clearing to distance we add on a half nelson throw after the knee strikes. Push the head down whilst lifting the shoulder up and rotating to complete the takedown. Remember to always control with the knee after taking them down.

Pinan Sandan Shoulder Lock Pad Drill Part 3

In the final part of this drill set we deal with the possibility of the attacker posturing up out of your shoulder lock which is quite common in grappling. If this happens don't continue to fight to regain the lock, it's gone! Instead deal with the attackers free arm which is now able to continue the striking attack. Drop your rear shoulder lock arm to a tight under hook position and use your front arm to defend against

Pinan Sandan - Form to Function

Short promo of how we drill Karate Kata at Bristol Dojo and the results possible in high level competition by using the techniques and principles. Shown is Karate 2nd Dan Black Belt Dylan O'Brien drilling Pinan Sandan then using one of the throws to win the Gold medal match and become 2016 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Champion.

Mark Powell
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I'm always looking for new pad drills so thanks for those! The kids will love them!

Lionel Froidure
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That gives me some ideas. Thanks a lot for sharing. 

Wastelander's picture

Nice! Thanks for sharing!