Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this great forum - I am honered to be part of a forum, with so many highly skilled Martial Artists from so many different styles :). I am a simple Shodan, within a traditional Shotokan organization here in Denmark - that bascially just enjoys his training under a very skilled Sensei, and also enjoys to teach Heian Katas to Kyu grades once a week.
It was actually their questions, that led to this new path of my Do - mainly because I could not answer them in what I felt was a "logical and intuitively sound" way - but I had to resort to the "basic applied bunkai". The question eventually led to "how fast can I get a working Oyo in the first movement of the first Kata (Heian Shodan) using only the sub-movements that are allready there. When I cracked that one (or more correctly - found out where my opponent was, and that his "attack" basically was a hand holding on to my shoulder from right in front of me), the "path" was sort of opened, and I just had to continue :).
After a lot of 2 steps forward and 3 back, I am finally well on the way in this "pet-project" of mine, which is (I think??) sort of re-learning an older ToriTe bunkai for the Heian katas. (Basically no straight punches or "normal" blocks are included, distance is armlength and shorter, stances high, fists open most of the time (holding on to either wrist or elbow on the opponent), always busy - both of them! - and religiously following Itosu Ankas 6 precept being "Enter, Counter and Release is the rule of releasing hand).
This is great fun - and a LOT of frustration at times (I feel like a 10th kuy again - both doing the moves - and simply remembering throughout the Katas if my opponent uses his left or right hand to grip on to me when I start a new section, is a real challenge!), but I am slowly getting there :).
I am having trouble though with the correct way to "move" an opponent through a 270 degree turn (he moves about 180), without it looking like a series of small steps - or me leading an old lady over the street (it sort of "feels" wrong when I do the move - I can get i done, I just feel it should be "smoother" sort of?).
The problem is between the 9'th and 10´th movement in Heian Shodan. I have just finished throwing my previous opponent with the last AgeUke, and my new opponent has stepped in and repeated the grip with a straight left hand on my right shoulder - sort of "under" my AgeUke (that grip being repeated throughout the kata for each new opponent).
I have secured his wrist with my left hand (Entering), and I am about to "move" him through the 270 degrees left turn, and at the same time automatically twisting his body so his "dangerous" arm is on the other side of him compared to where I am (countering), in order to be able to release his gripping hand through the combination of the hip-rotation/gedan uke at the end, and at the same time securing his elbow with my right "hikete" arm (Release), to be able to finally complete that oponent in the next movement by simply stepping forward and pushing on his elbow with my right hand, and pulling back on his wrist with my left hand - and you get the throw (normally a punch in the traditional Karate bunkai).
The problem being, if I "twist" my hip (fast rotation) at the start of the movement to get speed built up for the move, I basically rip his elbow/shoulder apart (my right arm is putting pressure on his elbow allready at this point ) - and I just want to move him in a flowing way, and end up with my hip being in a shomen position at the end of the move, to have the force to release his hand from my shoulder (Shomen to Hamni the same time as the Gedan Uke, and get a good grip on his elbow/continue holdning on to his elbow at the same time)?
Any idéas or thoughts on how this "move" can be accomplished? (And I am sorry if my explanation gives problems - I have not worked with Videos yet, and I am a little intimidated by all the great edited videos I see here on this site :)... )