Here's another new video - wow...that's two in one day!
This one shows some footage in the dojo from a few weeks ago when we were exploring some fundamental push hand patterns and limb control sequences inspired by Naihanchi Kata. Skill development using close-range tactile reference is important for traditional karate practitioners, since the movements of kata were originally designed to cope with these distances for effective self-defence. Therefore, pretty much any kata sequence may be applied from connections obtained from such drills.
In traditional karate, we use limb control as a support system, with ballistic striking being the primary strategy. The trapping skills found in kata are in no way as sophisticated as those found in arts such as Wing Chun or the Filipino systems, just like our throwing techniques are in no way as sophisticated as those found in arts such as Judo or Ju-Jutsu. Having said that, they do still exist in 'old-style' karate as a holistic system of close-range self-protection.
Hope you enjoy :-)
Chris Denwood has been studying martial arts since childhood and specialises in the practical application of karate's traditional principles for civilian self-defence, personal development, life integration and discovery.