Tuesday, March 11, 2008

More on E Sip Sa Bo

I own the entire series of Best Karate. Written by Nakayama Masatoshi, who to me embodies the essence JKA Shototan ryupa, these books outline each of the canon forms in painstaking detail.

The bunkai, however, always left something to be desired. I've always found applications to be more like visual analogies for teaching rather than anything substantive. For that reason, I always wrote them off as benign.

That is, until I read the following tidbit about Nijushiho:

"Clapping your hands together above your head can cause your assailant to launch a sudden and uncoordinated kicking attack."




ok... I'm just not sure what else to say.
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