Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

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Technique of the Week (July 22nd, 2007)

From Mr Emiliano Mazlen, Shihan
Boston Chinatown Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate Club


Sensei Motobu, yakusoku kumite and angular movements


Sensei Nagamine was inspired by the karate-do of Sensei Motobu to develop
the yakusoku kumite that we practice. We can observe in our yakusoku kumite
principles developed by Sensei Nagamine from his study with Sensei Motobu
(and approved by Sensei Motobu). One of these principles is to “seek
to understand the value of angular movements.” We can see this
principle in action in the defender’s steps in the second move of yakusoku
sho, the final move of yakusoku kumite ni and the opening move of yakusoku
This principle is also in keeping with Sensei Kyan’s principle that we avoid
stepping back or, in other words . . .

Keep moving forward.

Domo arigato gozaimasu to all,
Emiliano Mazlen
Boston Chinatown Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate Club