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Transition Pad Drill with Throw Finish (video)

In this video we look at a transition pad-work drill that concludes with one of the “nine karate throws” of Gichin Funakoshi (Byobudaoshi). The main purpose the drill though is the sequence before the throw.

When you watch the drill you’ll see that all three hand strikes are done with the same hand, but we have three different way of advancing and getting bodyweight behind the punch:

Hitting with the hand as we step forward (Junzuki / Oizuki).

Stepping so we deliver the punch with what is now the back hand (Gyakuzuki).

Finally, we hop forward and make impact while on one leg (“Superman-punch”).

Also notice how the kicks are concluded in the first instance by taking the leg forward, and in the second instance by taking the leg back.

The whole sequence should be performed with continuous motion – so there is no pause or gap between the techniques – so that the drill promotes both effective transitions and time efficient practise of the various body-mechanics involved.

Students tend to really enjoy these types of drill and hence they are good for “repetition by stealth” i.e. an enjoyable way to repeatedly hone core skills.

The throw at the end gives the opportunity to practise the throw from an incoming hook punch, but it is mainly there in this drill to provide a satisfying conclusion.

I hope you enjoy the drill!

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Transition Pad Drill with Throw Finish