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Subject : Kata application .
Manouvre : Morote gedan Shuto Uke .
Kata : Kanku Dai .
Move : 44.
Standard application .
>From move 42 ura zuki / hiza gamae.
Use the hiza as a protective guard , use the left open hand as a parrying
hand disabling the attackers right outreached grab by pushing against
the outside over to the left , your right ura zuki follows very soon
after, almost simultainously to your opponents easy chin while he /she
is in a high state of kuzushi .
Move 43 Ryote fuse. Falling forward to avoid being grabbed from behind.
Move 44 Morote gedan shuto uke . The attacker realises the double grab
has failed , so then trie's to stamp on your vonerable back leg . This
is where the re-inforced gedan shuto uke comes in to deflect the stamp
of line missing your leg.
Move 45 chudan shuto uke. my preference here is shuto uchi to my opponents
Application Idea !!!!.
>From move 42 .
As the right leg should follow behind the hands , go between an attempted
double lappel grab with your own hands and take a firm grip of the attackers
head / hair pulling the head in close taking control, bring your knee
up hiza geri into the solar plexus.
Move 43 .
Keep a firm hold of the top of the attackers head / hair with your left
hand , take your right hand under the chin as you push forward, then
as your right foot lands onto the ground twist sharply and strongly
to your left into move 44 keeping hold of the attackers head , your
hands should react the same or moreless the same as in morote shuto
renching the attackers head back in the opposite direction to the push,
" Kuzushi at the maximum". Note , not only will this wrench
the head , the head would be twisted and neck broken, a fatel move !!!!
and should be tried only by skilled bugesha very carefully ??.
Move 45 as the preference above .
the reason I prefer this move as a uchi is because the following move
 chudan uchi would most likely be a positive block.therfor two consecutive
blocks would leave you dealing with maybe two attackers.
Mr S Circuitt .
It does appear to be an arm bar, but looking at the position of the
hands and the footwork I would say it is a dragging take down. From
a right handed punch the demonstrators right hand redirects the blow
and pulls it across his body at a downward angle. The left hand catches
the elbow at the point to help guide along, and the footwork shows him
sliding away and lowering his base to pull the attacker down and to
Or he could be rubbing out a cramp.
This move is similar to Shuri-Ryu's snake stance. We use this to evade
an attack. Stay in the game by bending the rear leg to avoid a kick
or punch, then return with a reverse punch, following the man's leg
back to him.
Regarding the stance in the On Kata section. Quite frankly, this is
the position that we have taught and used in self-defense from a double
hand push. The attacker pushes your chest with both hands. You are
to allow the first attemp to be successful. This gives the attacker
more confidence while allowing him/her to become off balance in the
second pushing attempt; his/her weight will be thrusted forward on
the shove. While the attacker approaches with the second shove, the
defender drops downward and offset to the right or left into the stance.
The atacker will frequently trip over the defeder's leg, thus either
falling onto the ground or stumbling forward off balance while giving
the defender time to react to the stumble. Not a very fancy explanation,
but this does work very well.
OK my humble comments. This move is from the second Pinan. Assume
you are "bear hugged" from the rear. Your opponent will likely
be lifting you or "uprooting" you. The trick is how to get
him off your back. A trained person will sink his weight into his legs.
That's part of regaining control, but the guy is still on your back.
So now what? As you sink into your Zen stance, allow the hips to rotate
so that as your arms sway back, and one shoulder aligns with the front
knee. The feel should be almost as if your front knee is supporting
your shoulder (side of your deltoid, not the front). What happens?
Your opponent spins off and falls into the hole (behind you) created
by the sinking and twisting motion. The secret here is the hips. A
traditional Zen stance has the hips supporting the lower back over
the long stance. If, after sinking into your Zen stance, you do not
rotate the hips, you will end up supporting the opponents weight as
he falls onto your back. You lose the hole (and the move)! Alignment
is key. Remember hips, back and shoulders must rotate and maintain
the same line over the front knee. Study your picture. It's right there!
This is similar to a foot-sweeping takedown we employ, typically as
a follow-up to percussive techniques, i.e. the opponent has already
Facing an attacker in closed stance, step through to the outside, then
shoot your other leg through between your opponents, effectively like
you are executing a spinning back kick, but only lifting your foot
enough to shoot the leg through. With good penetration (as depicted
by the deep stance, the back of your hip/leg makes contact with your
opponents back leg, knocking it forcibly from beneath him, and causing
his head to drop forward. We often accompany this with a simultaneous
knife hand strike to the groin, which one could see as a possible application
of the hand position depicted in the illustration.
Alternately, the technique can also be used against someone in an open
stance, but you need to step further toward their rear side and, instead
of turning a full 180 degrees to shoot the leg through, you only turn
90 degrees, effectively shooting your leg across perpendicular to the
original line of uke's frontal attack.
Care should be used in trying this out the first few times and in training
with an uninitiated uke so not to injure the knee, as in both cases
you are working against the joint. Upon finding it to be effective,
uke should just let his foot 'float' on contact for safety's sake.
Kata application as everyone knows just depends on your level of training
and you having an open mind. The position of the karate-ka first shows
to me a finishing move to drag the attacker to the ground. What about
the karate-ka being on top of the attacker locking both arms. But what
about his left foot being higher than the right. This may show the
karate-ka going under the attacker arms, and holding one foot while
stomping the ankle or foot the the left foot. Application just depends
on what works for you.
One application to a low stance like that could be evading a kick
on a horizontal line then springing forward to catch the leg with your
front arm and using your back to grab their belt and leverage them
onto the ground. I'll leave the rest to you.
I think the application for this move would be an over head throw.
A defensive move executed after the opponent grabs both of your hands
from the rear. You step to the inside of your opponents feet and assumes
a forward Kamae and pulling your hands strongly downward.
Charles L. La Torre III
Philippine Aiki Parpagkam Martial Arts
PILI SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS
This application can be found in Kushanku or Kanku kata and can be
easiest applied when you have engaged the opponet and placed him in
a choke using the right arm to choke or crank the neck and the left
arm to hyper-extend the opponents left arm, further adding to the effectiveness
of the Choke or neck crank.
This is seen when working with a Shaolin broadsword. It is a set up
move to burst a hidden poison sack. The poison is then transferred
to the opponent. It is also a leg sweep defense of a side or front
thrust kick which lands the opponent next to the bent knee for a finger
rack to the eyes and poison if necessary. I hope this offers a small
measure of insight.
This move in Shotokan Karate is seen in the Kata Kanku Dai. While
you approach an opponent and take them to the ground, you attention
immediately is focused on you rear. This is a low "knife hand" stance.
As you turn you stay low with your head back which will protect you
from an attack from the rear. The frot foot can sweep or kick, and
your hands are knife hand so a block-strike can be performed
I believe this would be an evasion of an attack to the head by stepping
in, followed by a two handed chop to the leg. Striking two pressure
points in the front leg. Weakening the attackers balance, therefore
making an easy target for a Hook or numerous other follow up techniques...
Granite City Martial Arts
The application as already stated can be an arm bar. However, it can
also be used as an anti chin-na against the same technique previously
described. An attacker tries to arm bar your left arm. You go wth the
force by dropping suddenly and placing your left leg behind the opponent.
the left arm can now grab the left ankle and the right chambered hand
can grab the right ankle. You can then throw the opponent over the
The application for this picture is, I think, an escape from a side
kick or any attack to face level, the stance having the advantage of
keeping the feet planted and body ready for a fast counter attack.
The movement is a Tuite Waza. This is most obviously an arm bar. The
shifting in weight is to off balance the opponent or to drag them onto
their stomach for a control. In the picture, the right hand has seized
the wrist of the attacker and has moved into this "coiled snake" posture
to pull the arm straight. The left hand is applying a strike or press
to the opponents arm just above his elbow. This could damage the attackers
elbow and will drive him to the ground. An alternative lock would be
to manipulate the attackers wrist.
Sensei K. Peters
Iowa Combat Martial Arts Academy
The movement is what is known in Kung Fu as "Monk Chops Log".
Sensei Peters description is accurate.
The movement is also a follow-up to a left-leg sweep. The enemy falls
to the ground and, without shifting body-weight, the right hand attacks
to the enemy's eyes or throat. The left hand blocks.
Head Instructor Doyle Perry
United Martial Arts