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Leg Punch into Takedown (video)

In this video we look at one way to get back up if we are knocked to our knees and the enemy is close. Firstly, we throw a hook punch to the inside of the enemy’s thigh. We do this simply because it is an available target the blow may physically and psychologically disrupt the enemy. Striking the legs in this way was a tactic endorsed by Gichin Funakoshi. While Funakoshi was taking about elbow strikes, we used a hook punch in this instance:

“If you are thrown to the ground, your elbows are useful in striking at your opponent’s legs” – Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do: My Way of Life.

Having delivered the strike, we execute the takedown. The takedown is one we find in the Bubishi were it is referred to as, “Like a devil helping someone remover their shoes”.

It is then very important to rise quickly, strike to limit the enemy’s ability to give chance, and then escape.

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Leg Punch into Takedown