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This move is referred to as a 'reinforced side-block'
in our branch of Shorin-Ryu (Matsubayashi-Ryu). Why
would you use it? To re-inforce your side block if
your opponent is larger or stronger than yourself,
or to defend against a high kick to the chest area.
When would you use it? When you have plenty of time
to set it up. It takes considerably more time to set
up than a normal side block.
John McDonald, Nensei~San
Ha! I think you're trying to pull a fast one! It
seems you're missing the second half of the move!
the "reinforced chest block" is merle the
"entering" part of a throw. Your chest block
hand is really grabbing a gi collar and the other
hand which is palm up is actually grabbing onto the
opponents gi at the elbow. This is a typical Judo
standing position. Then you'll slide in and turn or
some other position that enables you to finish the
throw. The "reinforced chest block" is not
the end of the move...it's just the beginning!!
just a warrior rambling...
From this position ,one can deliver a left inward
right outward block,followed by a left corkscrew punch.This
would be in reference to the Kempo style of Karate.Or
you can throw a left inward with a right extended
outward,grasping the opponents right arm(preverably
the wrist area)and execute a left palm strike to his
elbow.Or you could use a left inward block to his
elbow ,whichever you prefer.
Your brother in the Arts
The following can turn this Uke into an Otosu...
tori [offensive role] strikes with chudan tsuki or
even mae geri.
for best results, the key is that the technique must
be performed so that the finished position is mirror
image to the tori. ei: if the tori ending position
is to be left side, uke [defensive role] should finish
with right side extended.
the deflection of the incoming technique lies in
the wind-up. then if one continues their step, deep
into the backside of the tori's stance, a take-down
can occur as the morote technique is extended [struck]
across the body and tori falls back over your front
decide on your own if you prefer this in kokutsu
dachi ["weight back" stance] or zenkutsu
dachi [as shown in illustration]. i have worked both
and prefer back stance. but others may argue that
this positioning may be "unsafe" for the
This block is often called "morote-uke"
(double hand block) or "sasae-uke" (reinforced
block) in karatedo.
One idea that can be looked at is the principle of
"abbreviation" in the kata. For this technique,
it means that although one hand is actually held near
the elbow in the kata performance, it is actually
an abbreviation for a simultaneous block and punch.
Say the opponent attacks with a right hand linear
attack (shove, straight punch, attempted lapel or
throat grab, etc) to the chest or head area. The defender
shifts to the outside of this attack,deflecting it
with the right hand as the left hand punches simultaneously
into an exposed vital area. It works just as well
against a single hand wrist grab also.
Just my two yen worth.
The picture you are showing appears to be what our
style (Shorin Ryu) calls a double block. This has
several applications. The most obvious is the block
closest to the body is blocking a punch at the opponents
wrist, while the block that is furthest from the body
is striking at the opponents elbow. This technique
is more often done with open hands so one can catch
the punch, and turn the defense technique into an
arm bar. A follow up is to pull the opponent toward
you and knee to the groin or chest, and/or kick to
the opponents knee/shin areas. Stepping back and turning
this technique can also be used as a throw, or take-down
technique. More advanced applications would include
nerve strikes on the torso (nerve under arm pit -
and simultaneous floating rib strike), or if performed
higher, on the head/neck (mandible nerve & corated
Ron van de Sandt
Here is an application that could be of some use:
Your attacker attempts a push, you immediately put
him in hammerlock which throws his head and upper
body down because of pressure exerted on the front
of the shoulder. A front snap kick to the inside of
your opponents leg would do nicely here(where you
would normally be in a front stance.Your other hand
which looks to be in a I/O strike punches to the base
of the skull. (gall bladder meridian) causing the
attacker to possibly lose consciousness.
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