Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

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Technique of the Week (May 16th, 2006)

From Matt Kaplan, Shihan
Ueshiro Okinawan Karate Family Club
State College, PA

"Modify Techniques When Necessary"

Occasionally, an injury requires an alternative technique. For example, if a student is training with a splint around a broken finger, it makes sense to use an elbow strike instead of delivering a punch with the injured finger pointed at the opponent. Particularly when training kata with a "real situation" mindset, it is appropriate to explore ways to work around injuries. For example, if an arm has a dislocated shoulder, try a head block using the other arm, or if a big toe is broken, try kicking with different surfaces of the foot.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu,