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Wastelander
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Simple Gedan Barrai + Tsuki Application

Hello everyone,

I've been seeing some discussions elsewhere about applications for gedan barrai, lately, and decided to record and share one that I like using in conjunction with a tsuki of some kind--a very common combination of techniques across a wide variety of styles and kata. Of course, you could replace the shotei-tsuki I used with any other strike you prefer that fits the situation.

The attack this deals with is a grab to the upper arm that is used to control the limb and pull the victim to another location--according to the last UK crime study I saw, this was the #1 attack against women, but it's possible this has changed. In the video, I used someone smaller than me because he was the only uke available at the time, but I have confirmed that it works quite well against larger, stronger people. I know that my video isn't as clear and detailed as many, but I hope you can see the gist of what I'm trying to show. Thanks!

Iain Abernethy
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Wastelander wrote:
I've been seeing some discussions elsewhere about applications for gedan barrai, lately, and decided to record and share one that I like using in conjunction with a tsuki of some kind--a very common combination of techniques across a wide variety of styles and kata.

I like it! To me, the way you moved back and took a sideways position made the whole motion look exactly like the “lower block” and angled punch in Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan.

Motobu saw this turning to take a sideways position as being a key consideration of the kata’s application:

“Twisting to the left or right from the Naihanchi stance will give you the stance used in a real confrontation. Twisting ones way of thinking about Naihanchi left and right, the various meanings in each movement of the kata will also become clear.”

Keeping that in mind, I think you’ve got a really nice application for that part of the form. Thanks for sharing!

All the best,

Iain

Damian Laszuk
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Great thing! Going to the side to kiba dachi. It gave me some ideas for seienchin :D Thanks a lot Wastelander! Iain, thank You for quoting Motobu. Very helpful!

enrique
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very good bunkai

Wastelander
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Thank you, all! This application was certainly inspired by Naihanchi--in fact, when I teach it I always relate it back to Naihanchi--but the sequence fits on other kata, as well, with some minor modifications.

Damian Laszuk - I hadn't thought of connecting it with Seiunchin, but I like it! Ever since I learned, Seiunchin, I felt that it fit very well with Naihanchi. :)

Zach Zinn
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Good stuff man, fun to play with "flow" with this kind of entry, for instance it's set up nicely for a technique such as irimi nage. osoto gari or various "neck throws" if the opponent pulls the head back, or even if he doesn't and you just take the closest hand back into his face...since it's right there.

Kokoro
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thanks,

im always interested in more applications for techniques particular the five most common techniques, gedan bari, uchu ude uke, soto ude uke, age uke and shuto. to me these are the core techniques of self defense.

the way i see it if you understand one technique well enough that is all you need for most situations. gedan bari offers a lot of possibility’s

J

mike23
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You might try 75 down blocks by Rick Clark for a few (75) ideas!