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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.
I spent last year studying the kata Gojushiho. The version we have in our curriculum is the Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu version with the high leg raise. One of the methods I used to study Gojushiho was to take a look at other version to compare and contrast. It was very useful in my study. I have put together a video that presents several variations of Gojushiho:
My friends over at Karate Culture challenged me to a Kata-Off in honor of Karate Day, which is a day the Okinawan Prefectural Government designated in honor and appreciation of Okinawan karate. While I'm passing it on to three people--one of whom is our very own Iain Abernethy!--I also think everyone should participate and spread the love around! Just record a video of yourself running kata, and challenge someone else to do the same!
I run a club that is part of a traditional Shotokan organization, and our students are tested currently only on kihon, solo kata, and kumite. I've taught for 10+ years now, and I'm comfortable with the progression of what I need to teach to get students ready in that system. However, over the past few years, we've been trying to incorporate more practical karate skills into the curriculum (bunkai, awareness, escape & evasion, deescalation, ground fighting, locking, throwing, legal, HAOV, impact, combative fitness, etc.). I am primarily struggling with a few things:
I have recently purchased a new dogi as I am now training at a new club and needed one with the club kanji on it. I have ordered a Samuraj 100% cotton gi which arrived today. It is a lovely feelign gi HOWEVER, I in my karate club, we do a lot of randori and I am worried that the gi top won't hold up to the randori aspects of the training.