I've been thinking about your question on the application of the Gojushiho knee block at the opening of the 'older' versions.
Logically it may be important not to start looking at what the hands are doing.
The kata begins with stepping(stomping) out with the left foot and dropping to the right knee as the block/strike is delivered.
The more important uses of the technique section may well involved the hidden aspect everyone misses, the stomp or the leg trap takedown using the intitial stepping/stomping movmeent
** amendment ** Going back through my notes into a fractal analsysis of this technique, there are also both using the initial stepping movement as a shin parry for a kick (a common Okinawan technique) before dropping down, and of course a 'hidden' front front kick, both of which are additional ways to drop or deflect an opponent setting them up for the completion of the technique **
Full study of a technique application potential involves looking past the beginning answers.
After all most of us would not choose to drop to a knee to stop a kick, on the other hand if our stepping motion traps their leg and forces them down, dropping down to complete a lock or strike makes sense too.
Edited by Victor Smith (07/10/06 10:21 AM)
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