Clearing Guard Bunkai for Opening Moves of Pinan Shodan

November 3, 2018

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 cannot get the jump on the enemy with a pre-emptive strike, or if he is still standing after you strike, he very well may raise his arms to cover his head or to jamb your strikes. We need strategies for dealing with limbs that are interfering with our ability to strike the head. This video explains one possible way to clear limbs to clear a path to the head, using the opening moves from Pinan Shodan/Hein Nidan.

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