"Modern Iai" / Punching from Chair (video)

At this class we had been practising “restricted punching” from sitting, kneeling and lying positions. It is quite common in traditional Japanese arts for people to practise techniques from kneeling and other culturally appropriate positions.

We feel it is a good idea for karateka to also “westernise” and modernise this practise to include punching from chairs etc.

If a situation develops which does not afford us the opportunity to escape, but does give us the chance pre-empt, being able to get to our feet, close distance and hit in one motion, with the element of surprise still on our side, can be helpful in facilitating escape.

This can also be a good physical exercise for developing explosiveness in the legs. To increase difficultly simply have the holder move further away so you have to cover a greater distance.

All the best,

Iain

PS If you prefer to watch the video on YouTube please click HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: "Modern Iai" (punching from chair)