This video looks at some bear hug escapes from Gojushiho-Sho and Gojushiho-Dai. It is my view that the two kata often complement each other and in this instance we can see complementary examples of bear hug escapes. The kata is not showing a sole recommend way to escape a grip from the front, but instead an illustration of the kind of things that should be practised i.e. an illustration of concept. Variations and adapting to the ever changing dynamics of self-defence should be an inherent part of the process.
As with all these short videos, it needs to be remembered this is a snipped of a full weekend’s training. It is therefore not possible to encapsulate how such things fit in to the wider methodology of the kata and the process of kata bunkai generally. Two things are important to note however: Firstly, there are methods that immediately follow what is shown in this clip that follow up if needed (by attacking vulnerable areas). Secondly, if we are to make these methods work in self-defence then they need to be practised in live ways; which ensure the safety of all participants.
The methods shown in this clip are potentially dangerous and should only be practised under the close supervision of a suitably qualified and experienced instructor.
I hope you find the clip of interest!
All the best,
PS The YouTube link can be found HERE