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Funakoshi’s Half-Wheel Throw on the Pads

This video shows a way to drill Funakoshi’s Half-Wheel Throw on the focus mitts. In order to practise karate as a holistic and practical system, we need to resurrect the throws that were a key part of “old school karate”. To understand our kata, we also need to appreciate the wide range of methods found within them. The traditional kata include throws, locks, trapping, chokes, strangles, etc. It is when people don’t appreciate this that we see kata reinterred to be just strikes, kicks and dysfunctional “blocks”. Karate is so much more. This particular throw – and the set up for it – can be found in Gichin Funakoshi’s 1935 book “Karate-Do Kyohan”. I hope you enjoy the video and it encourages you to learn more.

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Karate Bunkai: Funakoshi’s Half-Wheel Throw on the Pads