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Fukyugata Ni Takedown Bunkai

The second basic kata in Matusbayashi-ryu is called Fukyugata Ni. Originally, this is a Goju-ryu kata created by Chojun Miyagi called Gekisai Ichi. In this video, we review a basic bunkai application (influenced by Iain Abernethy’s approach to this kata) and then discuss in detail a takedown application for the opening sequence, which applies the

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Chest Block, Hammer Fist, Knee Strike Drill

The chest block, or chudan uke, is a foundational technique in all karate. However, we should realize that it is not limited to just blocking or protecting the chest level of our body. There are many other applications for this technique. Here, we are examining the windup and chest-block motion as striking the back of

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Chest Block Kihon Drill 1 with Pads

Chest-blocks are versatile techniques that can be effective counter-attacks. This drill explores ways to use the outside chest block followed by an inside chest block as a defensive response to a wild punch or sucker punch. Key combative principles here are using the larger surface area of the forearms to help guarantee effective striking (it’s

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Jodan Uke Knee Strike Defense

Knee strikes are excellent self-defense tactics. However, many attackers also know how to punish victims with explosive, damaging knee strikes. We need to know how to deliver powerful knee strikes but also how to defend against them and to regain the offensive in an encounter. This video discusses how to use a basic low block,

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Jodan Uke Lapel Grab Drill

Being grabbed in a self-defense context is a very dangerous scenario. One should do everything possible to keep from being grabbed. However, we need to have strategies and skills to deal with situations in which we are grabbed. This video looks at one way to apply the high block (jodan uke) as a means for

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Jodan Uke Wrist Release Drill 2

Jodan uke, or the high block, is a versatile combative technique. In this video, we explore how it can be used as a wrist release application. When pressure testing techniques, we discover that certain movements and applications may not work in practice as nicely as we think they would work in theory. When an enemy

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Gedan Uke Drills–Lapel Grab Defenses

Single and double lapel grabs are common attacks, and several karate kihon and kata movements are designed to address this act of violence. In this video, we look at some ways to use a basic combination to defend against single or double lapel grabs: low block, reverse punch, knee strike, and dropping elbow. The first

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Chest Block Kihon Drill 3

In this video we discuss possible applications for the following kihon combination: outside chest block, inside chest block, knee strike. These techniques are treated as strikes, not blocks. Also, we take special note of the challenges of fighting on the inside, and we make note of applying wind up and transitional movements in the sequence.

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Chest Block Kihon Drill 2

Our second chest block kihon drill. We drill the chest block, reverse punch, lead-leg knee strike in traditional kihon fashion, to work on technique, speed, and power. Then, we work a practical application of this combination with partners. This video explains and demonstrates the application of this combination.

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Chest Block Kihon Drill 1

We are continuing our series of kihon application drills. This video explores an application for the chest block (chudan uke) that was inspired by Don Came, Chief Instructor of Kissaki-Kai UK. In this application, the chest block is used as a way to get to the outside and to control the attacker’s limb to set

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