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Pinan Nidan Opening Moves Wrist Release

We explored in a different video how the first part of the opening moves of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan can be applied as a pre-emptive strike. In this video, we look at how the second part of the opening sequence–the fade back into cat stance and hammer fist–can be applied as a wrist release in a

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Pinan Nidan Opening Sequence Pre-Emptive Strike

Striking pre-emptively is an important feature of effective self-defense, and many kata present us with different examples of how to strike pre-emptively in order to incapacitate our enemy and to facilitate a safe escape. In this drill, we use the opening sequence of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan to get past the enemy’s limbs, move off the

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Pinan Shodan Final Sequence Bunkai Drill

The final sequence in Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan is the high block, low block, high block set of techniques. In this video, we explore two different ways of dealing with a lapel grab attack. The lapel grab is a common street attack or habitual act of violence (as per Patrick McCarthy’s terminology). As much as possible,

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End Sequence Pinan Shodan Bunkai Drill 1

This first drill for the closing sequence of Pinan Shodan (low block, high block, low block) explores a pre-emptive strike application. This video also explains how these techniques can be used in situations where the enemy tries to control or pull down your lead arm.

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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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