This application from my study of Aragaki Seisan is in response to a front head lock, which is an extremely common situation to find yourself in once a conflict descends into extreme close quarter grappling range. I hope you enjoy it.
As part of our current schools expectation it is required that for purple and brown belts that the student learns a new weapons kata for each grading. That means a Shodan canidate will know a total of three. For the most part that means a couple of Bo kata and one Nunchuck. I have always viewed these as a nod to traditional performance kata and not of much practical use. But recently I have rethought that position and wanted to know if anyone was aware of actual practical kata written for weapons that someone in the US could actually carry.
in the patterns/kata there are lots of movements that seem to be interprated as finger tip strikes. i guess the notion is that sometimes in the past people conditioned themselves to a point where their fingers could jab through people.
is there any validity to finger tip strikes at all?
Has anyone ever change a kata move a little because of another arts influence. For instance changing the way a grip is made on your own hand because the reason a different art did it made more sense and is more practical? <--- just an example.
It sure seems like the old masters did this as well.