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Over the past few months I’ve been doing some re-reading of essential karate books and whatnot. I developed a theory that Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai is the most essential kata in karate as a whole. I have two main reasons for thinking this. Firstly, the etymology of both karatedo and Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai. And secondly, the clear influence of Kusanku/Kushanku/Kanku-dai on the Pinan/Heian series of kata.
I have been taking Okinawa Kenpo for 3 years. To the level of brown belt. In both open hand and weapons. During this time our training in open hand karate has been 95% kata training in a dance type scenario. 4% bag work for kicking. 1% self defense training with military style, LE restraining methods.
I hope I am in the right forum to ask this question. I believe that I had seen this saying in one of Iain's articles, but I can’t be sure. Could someone tell me who coined the phrase, "Karate belongs to everyone."
This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at defending against the Guillotine choke, or a front headlock. While this isn't strictly a kata application, there are many concepts of movement found in kata at play, here.
This week's Waza Wednesday uses concepts found in kata to trap both of the opponent's arms with one of yours, freeing you to strike at will. This is one of my Sensei's favorite things to do to people in sparring, and it has shown up a few times in high-level MMA competition, as well. You can get to this trap from a variety of situations, but we demonstrate it against two punches. You can also do many different strikes, although we show elbows, and you can finish with strikes or throws.
This week's Waza Wednesday shows an application for sasae-gedan-barai (supported low sweep) in conjunction with a simple type of sparring drill to help build skill with the application, as well as introducing an element of surprise and forcing students to develop awareness and responsiveness.
A friend of mine showed me this video of Guru Maul Mornie, who is a well-known silat instructor that I follow, using the Wall Dome training dummy. I love training dummies, but I honestly am not that fond of this design. Regardless, Guru Mornie shows a lot of great limb control techniques in this video--many of which can also be found in karate--so I thought I would share it here.