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Basic Karate Gripping (video)

This video looks as some basic karate grips and gripping techniques. It was filmed during a two-day seminar in Germany in February 2015. Karate is primarily a striking system, however it also includes a great many grappling techniques; as found within the kata and as recorded in old texts such as The Bubishi, Gichin Funakoshi’s Karate-Do Kyohan, Kenwa Mabuni’s Karate-Do Nyumon, etc.

To ensure these grappling methods can be applied effectively, gripping skills are required. Indeed, gripping skills are also required to effectively deliver strikes at close-range. This short video records an introduction to two commonly used grips, three gripping techniques, and the some methods that can flow on from those grips.

Although not shown in this clip, at the seminar the participants were also instructed in live drills to ensure genuine competence in those methods. As is always the case, this short clip cannot show the entirety of what was taught, or how what was taught fits within the wider system and methodology of training. Nevertheless, we hope the clip is of some use and that you find it interesting.

Thank you for taking the time to watch!

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Basic Karate Gripping