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Les Bubka
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Kanku Dai - elbow sequence and training process

Hi All,

In this clip we are focusing on the elbow sequence in Kyokushin version of Kanku Dai kata.

As I received few questions about our training methodology, this clip illustrates training progression and layers of technical development.

Kind regards,

Les

Iain Abernethy
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Hi Les,

Great video! The fact that kata should be part of process is vital to understand, and this is a good illustration of how that can work.

Funakoshi hit the nail on the head when he said, “Sparring does not exist apart from the kata, but for the practise of the kata.” Sadly, kata and kumite are considered as two sperate and unrelated disciplines these days.

I also really love that section of Kyokushin’s Kanku Dai :-) Such a nice flow to it.

Thanks for sharing Les!

All the best,

Iain

Wastelander
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We don't have that sequence in our version of Kusanku, but I find that it is somewhat of an expansion on the dropping elbow we use. Thanks for sharing!

Iain Abernethy
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Wastelander wrote:
We don't have that sequence in our version of Kusanku ...

It’s unique to the Kyokushin version; which is radically different from most.

The elbowing sequence is around the 50 second mark.

All the best,

Iain

Les Bubka
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Thanks Iain and Wastelander,

As Iain said Kyokushin version is very different. As you mentioned many times Wastelander, everything is Naihanchi this elbow feels a bit like uraken from Naihanchi.

Kind regards

Marc
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Although the Kyokushin kata as a whole is very different to others, the sequence in question follows the sidekick/empi sequences, and I can see the similarity with the sequence following that in the Shotokan version: Raise your right arm (a bit like age-uke), turn to the left raising your left arm (a bit like age-uke) and delivering a right shuto-uchi, followed by a right front kick, a pressing down left hand, and a right downward elbow (in kosa-dachi).

While this series of techniques ist apparently different, the important elements can be used similarly to what Les shows in his video: Slip through under the opponents arm and over it with your right arm, deliver a strike with your right hand (shuto instead of ura-zuki), add in a kick, press down the opponent's head with your left hand and strike down with your right elbow onto their back side.

I love to see how the same principles are encoded differently in different versions of the same kata. It's the same ideas, only the words are pronounced differently or a synonym has been used here and there.

Thanks for the video, Les. Nice application and drill.

Take care,

Marc