This week's Waza Wednesday looks at a sequence from Passai Dai (Tawada Passai), although similar movements can be found in other kata, as well. As always, the exact attack is less important than positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement.
This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at a sequence found in Kusanku Sho, consisting of a manji-gamae (manji posture), tetsui-uchi (hammerfist), and gyaku-tsuki (reverse punch). This application uses those movements to apply an armbar, then clear the limb for striking. We demonstrate it against a punch, but as always, positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement are more important than the specific attack.
Would if fair to say that because each Kata is a complete fighting system in their own right and because different kata's focus on different principles; however with a lot of overlapping techniques that studying one kata deep enough could arm a person with enough skills necessary to deal with any type of self defence situation ?
Just doing a bit of research and read the following from Manuni’s book on Seipai:
“Kata movement is meant to be used in a real encounter as it effectively uses physical strength, respiration and vital energy to mould technique. Kata is used against an opponent’s aggression and is similar to Judo’s Kime no kata.” – Kenwa Mabuni, Seipai no Kenkyu 1934
It seems like it's been a Gojushiho kind of couple weeks! This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at the opening of Gojushiho, as practiced in the Shorinkan, but other versions of this kata have similar movements. In this case, the morote-gedan-barai (double low sweep) is used to pull the attacker into a strike, and set up the armbar, which is performed with the following osae-uke/uraken-uchi (pressing receiver/backfist strike). We demonstrate against a punch, but as always, the specific attack is less important than the positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement.
There are many versions of Gojushiho/Useishi, but a distinctive feature of the kata is its repeated sequence of spearhand techniques--typically in conjunction with some form of osae-uke (pressing receiver). I put together this short video looking at how we perform the sequence, and a basic application for it.