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U-Punch / Yama-Zuki Bunkai (video)

This video was filmed at a seminar in Norway at which we were analysing the applications of Passai / Bassai-Dai. This short clip looks at a basic application for the “u-punch” or “yama-zumi” (mountain punch). The technique is applied from a position of disadvantage where the enemy has secured a grip on your wrist and has opened up a pathway for a head strike. Whist not a good position to be in, by folding the lower arm over we can momentarily disrupt the enemy’s posture and gain the opportunity to deliver an overhand strike to the side of the jaw. This also creates the opportunity to bar the enemy’s arm to open them up for further strikes. From the end position of the kata sequence it is also possible to apply Gichin Funakoshi’s “spinning top” throw. All of this is briefly explored in the clip. I hope you find the video of interest and I’ll be back with more soon!

All the best,


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Practical Kata Bunkai: Passai / Bassai-Dai: U-Punch / Yama-Zuki