21st , 2016
week's thought is from Sensei
Denshi, Shihan, Shichi-Dan Northampton Ueshiro Karate Dojo
Shorin-Ryu Karate USA
& Hasami Uke
kosa uke, upper cross block first appears in
our Shorin-Ryu kata curriculum through kata Wankan. We are
introduced to the lower blocking version "gedan kosa
uke" in Pinan Godan.
These techniques are a very aggressive type of catching
or trapping blocks or possibly a strike. By
catching I refer to the gathering way that the
technique is delivered. It is used to control
many different types of attacks. This body movement can
trap an erratic punch or a swinging strike as well controlling
a weapon of your attacker. I consider it aggressive because
often delivered either jodan or gedan and from zenkutsu
dachi, moving forward. The bun-kai application is the scissoring
of the attack and clearing and opening for a counter attack.
Chudan hasami-uke, middle scissors block is
similar to jodan kosa uke, however I believe it can be more
manipulative in controlling your teki, or your opponent,
either empty handed or armed. This technique begins as
a more defensive response to danger by shifting back into
neko-ashi-dachi with crossed open shuto hands. Again, you
catch (gather up) the attack and twist clearing an opening
as you chamber to deliver
the final blow.
these techniques with a training partner to feel how the
control and manipulation of teki is achieved.
Denshi, Shihan, Shichi-Dan
Ueshiro Karate dojo