I just saw Iain’s newest video for the app. Can’t remember the title but something along Pinan forwards and Naihanchi backwards? :-P Anyway in the Naihanchi part Iain makes use of the cross stepping of Naihanchi as a way to put the opponent down on the floor. This made me think of a curious line in one of Choki Motobu’s books.
In Choki Motobu’s Karate My Art, translates by Patrick and Yuriko McCharthy on page 90 he writes describing posture on photo 09 (on page 92): “ ....... Stepping out into this posture represents taking an opponent down.”
The posture in question is the posture you step into from the cross stepping (when you do a horse stance and outward block/inward block depending on what the org call it. If Iain where to push outwards with his lead arm or do a sideways/downwards elbow to help the opponent on the way down I think it might be just what Choki Motobu refers to in his book. This quote is not from any application or limits section it is from his explanation on the solo performance of Naihanchi.
Not sure if you guys understand what I mean but I thought Choki Motobu’s words finally made sense for me after watching Iains latest video and I thought other people who have watched it might like this tidbit as well :-)