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I've seen some talk across the internet, lately, about kakushi-waza/kakushi-te (hidden techniques) in kata, and decided to collect my thoughts on the subject into an article. Hopefully somebody finds it beneficial!
So, we recently had a discussion here on Iain's forum about the practice of uke-waza, and I had mentioned that I'd been working on an article looking at that very topic. Specifically, I was writing about what I see as a "modern tradition" of practicing uke-waza with your opponent directly in front of you, and how to transition from solo uke-waza practice to partnered practice in a more practical manner. I have some drills that I like for this purpose, which you can see in this article
My latest article isn't going to be telling folks here anything new, but I thought some might find it interesting, at least. One of my biggest pet peeves in karate and kobudo drills is the constant use of backward steps preceding forward motion. While it has its place, I certainly don't think it should be anywhere near as prevalent as it is.
I think I've shared a quick video of my application for the spin in Kusanku, before, but I didn't really include much in the way of commentary. Recently, I saw the throw show up in a judo highlight video, and I thought I would revisit the technique. In this article, I give some examples of the technique being used in a variety of other martial arts, as well.
The last article I shared here was about trapping the feet, which is a bit of an obscure tactic for many. This article covers hand trapping, which is a little more common. Specifically, it covers preemptive hand trapping--that is, trapping the hands before they have a chance to launch an attack. I hope someone finds it useful!
I recently wrote up this article on foot trapping in modern combat sports, as well as classical fighting arts. It doesn't cover any specific kata applications, but it's just a small thing you can use to enhance your techniques a little bit.