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Gichin Funakoshis Tsubame Gaeshi (Swallow Returns) Throw

In this short video we look at a version of Gichin Funakoshi’s Tsubame Gaeshi (Swallow Returns) Throw. The throw is one of the nine karate throws shown in Funakoshi’s book, “Karate-Do Kyohan”. While I believe the throw has historical importance, and is fun to practice, I have reservations about its practicality. The main issue being the vulnerability of turning of the back while dropping to one knee.

Regardless of personal views on the practical application of this technique, it is one karateka should be familiar with – particularly practitioners of Shotokan – because of its inclusion in Gichin Funakoshi’s “Master Text” i.e. it has value historically and as part of martial study, even if it may not have direct application in actual conflict.

All the best,


PS You can find the YouTube link HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Funakoshi’s Tsubame Gaeshi (Swallow Returns) Throw