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Passai / Bassai-Dai Bunkai: Gichin Funakoshis Ude Wa & Ebi Gatame

This footage shows a small part of a Passai / Bassai-Dai bunkai drill which was taught over two full days at a seminar in the Netherlands. The techniques in this clip show a throw and hold; both of which were referred to in the writings of Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi.

The throw is “Ude-Wa” (arm-ring) which Funakoshi shows in his book, Karate-Do Kyohan. The following submission hold – which was shown as an interesting aside to the wider drill – is called “Ebi-Gatame” (shrimp-hold) and was referred to by Gichin Funakoshi in his book, Karate-Do: My Way of Life.

Later in the day, we were looking at ways to regain the feet should a situation end up on the floor. As part of this, we showed how Ebi-Gatame can be used to remove the enemy’s legs from around your waist. A short clip of that section is also included.

Both of these techniques are potentially dangerous and they should only be practised under the close supervision of a suitably qualified and experienced person.

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All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Ude Wa and Ebi Gatame