While we practice Shorin-Ryu karate in my dojo, this week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at a sequence of movements from the Goju-Ryu kata, Seiyunchin, which some of our instructors and students have learned from training in other styles over time. We demonstrate the technique against a punch but, as always, the specific attack being defended against isn't as important as positioning, points of contact, and directions of movement.
This application from my study of Aragaki Seisan is in response to a front head lock, which is an extremely common situation to find yourself in once a conflict descends into extreme close quarter grappling range. I hope you enjoy it.
As part of our current schools expectation it is required that for purple and brown belts that the student learns a new weapons kata for each grading. That means a Shodan canidate will know a total of three. For the most part that means a couple of Bo kata and one Nunchuck. I have always viewed these as a nod to traditional performance kata and not of much practical use. But recently I have rethought that position and wanted to know if anyone was aware of actual practical kata written for weapons that someone in the US could actually carry.