13th , 2016
week's TFTW is from Sensei Steve Lott
Onegai shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, and Deshi
in line with the attack
In every block it is important that the blocking arm is
in direct line with the attack.
Heres what often happens:
The second move of F1 is completed and the next move is
the 180 degree turn to down block.
dropped I chambered the blocking arm incorrectly. Notice
how it now must travel around the head in order to block
Heres the correct technique:
As I drop all I do is twist the arm without pulling it out
of position the only movement of the arm is downward
as it drops along with the body. As you can see the blocking
arm is now in direct line with the attack.
Like all moves in kata, everything is in motion at the same
time. This goes for all down blocks, chest blocks, head
blocks, whether closed hand or open hand.
If you do not have a training partner to observe then do
the following: face the mirror and watch the fist and arm
as you drop. Do not let it move out of position to the other
side of the head. Be certain that it is in line with attack.