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Reinforced Chest Block Bunkai Drills Pinan Shodan

In this video, we explore the use of the reinforced chest block as a transitional position for a basic throw. We work these applications from a haymaker punch and from the basic clinch. The preceding reverse punch in the kata helps destabilize the enemy, as it is difficult to throw someone who is firmly grounded

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Chest Block in Hook Stance Pinan Shodan Bunkai Drills 2 & 3

In this video, we continue our exploration of ways to apply the chest block in hook stance (followed by the front kick and reverse punch) sequence from Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan. These drills allow us to practice keeping the enemy from grabbing, choking, or clinching up. This technique can also be used to defend against a

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Chest Block in Hook Stance Pinan Shodan Bunkai Drill 1

The reverse chest block in hook stance is a dynamic, fast move in Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan. But it can be challenging to learn and awkward to perform, leaving some students to wonder about practical applications for this sequence. In this video, we look at how we can use this movement to reposition our enemy in

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Shuto Uke at the Angle Bunkai Drills for Pinan Shodan

Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan presents strategies for using the shuto uke in straight line attacks or working the angles. In this video, we explore two basic drills for working the shuto uke at the angles. The first drill works a basic flinch response and counter, and the second drill works a defense against an attempted arm-bar.

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Shuto Uke & Nukite Takedown Bunkai Drill for Pinan Shodan

Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan explores ways of using the shuto uke both as straight on strikes or striking to the 45 degree angle. However, in both cases, the danger is being on the inside of the enemy’s body position, which does not give you an advantaged position. This video explores drills for practicing the straight-line shuto

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Shuto Uke Bunkai and Pad Drills for Pinan Shodan

The shuto uke, or knife-hand block, is a classic karate technique and position. This video examines how to apply shuto uke in four ways: A strategy for clearing a guard to strike the enemy’s head A flinch response and counter against a haymaker punch A defense and counter against a high wrist grab A way

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Shoulder Grab Application for Pinan Shodan

Self-defense encounters are characterized by chaos in which the attack comes from various angles, including the rear, and often we have to deal with more than one attacker. Sometimes the enemy has accomplices who may join the attack, or bystanders may decide to join the fight, either with you or against you. A common attack

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Clearing Guard Bunkai for Opening Moves of Pinan Shodan

In self-defense, we are fighting in order to escape, not to “win the fight.” Thus, a primary target for our striking is the head, with the goal of knocking the enemy out, or at least to knocking him to the ground, so that we can then escape or deal with other attackers. However, if you

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Clinch Fighting Bunkai for Pinan Shodan

Physical confrontations often end up in the clinch, for a variety of reasons. Generally, the enemy tries to control the victim with the clinch, or the defender may be successfully striking the enemy, who then clinches up to stop the striking. Whatever the reason may be, the clinch is not a good place to be

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Hair Grab Bunkai Drill for Pinan Shodan

We usually think of hair grabbing as part of youth or adolescent schoolyard bullying and fighting. However, assaults against women often involve hair grabbing, mainly because women generally have long hair (or hair long enough to grab) that is easy to grab and pull. Women on women assault often includes hair grabbing (women know it’s

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