Ongoing thoughts on my martial studies and interests, which encompass almost everything.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Shimabuku Tatsuo and the Elbow Strike
One of the
things I like best is how Shimabuku Tatsuo took the effort to add elbow
strikes to Isshinryu in Kata Wansu and
Okinawan systems teach elbow striking. I recall Hiagonna Morio and Oshrio Toshiro
videos demonstrating them.
The drill shown
by Hiagonna was particularily impressive. As I recall the drill went like this
Against a left strike
1. Right foot
forward right inside horizontal elbow strike toward arm,
2. Right outside
horizontal elbow strike into the left arm
3. Right inside horizontal
elbow strike into the arm.
4. Right outside
descending elbow strike into the arm.
5. Right inside
horizontal elbow strike across the arm to the face.
6. Right outside
descending elbow strike into the face
7. Left inside
horizontal elbow strike to the face
At least that is
how I remember it. It was a drill not a suggested application.
In fact Oshiro
Sensei uses the Rising block as a sort of elbow strike.
But to by best
recollection only Shimabuku Tatsuo took the time to incorporate them in his
kata. They were added to his version of WansuKata and then incorporated into his
version of SunNuSu Kata.
I think it safe
to say he felt they were important additions to make his karate stronger for
his students. There were even elbow techniques in his Kumite.
grabs our LH wrist w/2hands and w/thumbs on top.From
top we grab our own
fist and pull up against his thumb.Then step in LFFand LH elbow to
solar plexus and then bridge to nose.
Variation to above is to just reach overand grab your finger and pull
hand up and out.
Sunnusu block with inner elbow (LFF & LH) and backfist
Sunnusu up block, grab wrist, spin and elbow to their back
Here is Uzeu
Angi demonstrating some of those techniques.
Of course elbow strikes abound in all Okinawan
ascending block could be use as an ascending, forward or descending elbow
strike. Where the outside block could be used as an ascending elbow strike or a
descending elbow strike. Where the inside block could be a forward or
descending elbow strike. And where the descending block could be a descending
All blocks have
an elbow component that might be a elbow strike, too.
This depends on
how you choose to use the movement potential.