May 3rd, 2015
Tamir Sensei Denshi-Shihan
This weeks TFTW is a correction I received from Hanshi recently, which applies to multiple kata[s] such as Pinan Shodan, Pinan Yondan, Passai and others.
In order to describe where this takes place in the kata[s] mentioned above, please refer to Master Nagamines book, The Essence of Okinawa Karate-Do, as follows:
The correction has to do with the action of the hands as one changes direction from one opponent to another. I was under the mistaken impression that I should use my hands to push the defeated opponent, after the kick-strike combination in each of the situations listed above, and then turn to deal with the next opponent. Hanshis correction is that after the kick-strike combination, I need NOT push the already defeated opponent, but rather immediately chamber both hands (one by my cheek and the other by my outer thigh) as I step first, and then turn-n-strike the next opponent with the chudan-shuto-uke.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Hanshi for teaching us at every opportunity we show up to learn from you.