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Kaeshiwaza - Counter Techniques

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Example 1, Shomen Uchi Reach Around Counter.

A problem students have defending a strike to the face is that the initial attackers striking arm should protect the attackers face as the attacker comes in. This is necessary to do formal katas. If this does not happen and the defender reaches to the side to intercept the striking arm the defender becomes vulnerable to a second strike. For this reason Aikika are taught to always strike at the face or neck. Not to reach to the side. The problem is that when the attackers striking arm properly protects the attackers face the defender then reaches around the attacking arm to strike the attackers face. This is not the way we are trained. It puts the defender off balance and makes the defender much more vulnerable. In Karate we had a saying, "Mind like the moon, mind like running water." This means be calm and centered like the moon and constantly adjust to changing situations like running water. In this case when the face is replaced with the arm, use the arm. This exercise shows a good way for the attacker to teach the defender to adapt to the changing situation.

Movie of the Shomen Uchi reach around counter.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Shomen Uchi Fig. 3 Intercept Fig. 4 Strike Face

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with Uke on the right and Nage on the left. They are spaced so that their arms do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage striking with a Shomen Uchi strike to Uke's face that properly protects Nage's face. Uke's Kuta Punch is coming in but Uke is not using the Whipping motion to protect Uke's face. Uke is going around Nage's defense rather than turning Nage's defense against Nage.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Nage's right hand coming up Kuta style to Nage's chest. That puts Nage's right hand in a convenient place to intercept Uke's incoming punch.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage's left hand striking Uke in the face while Nage's right hand leads Uke further off balance. Even if Uke's right hand protects Uke's face Uke is in trouble because of the lost balance. This is the end of Nage's 1st Tenkan Step.

5. Fig. 5 shows the end of Nage's 2nd Tenkan Step and Uke is down.
Fig. 5 Uke Down

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