Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

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Technique of the Week (February 13th, 2006)

Sensei Pat Moriarty, Go Dan Co-Shihan
Pine Forest Karate Northampton, MA


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Shuto
Uke (Knife hand Block)

During the recent Dan Level review in Florida, the Shihan had a brief
discussion about the placement of the secondary or follow-up hand in Shuto
Uke (Knife hand Block).

Here is the context of that discussion;

The secondary hand finishes in a position lighty touching the forearm about
three inches above the elbow of the primary striking hand. ( This final
position occurs regardless of blocking chudan or gedan). The secondary hand,
as
well as the primary hand, should always be considered a sword where the
forearm
to finger tips is perfectly straight & hard as a metal sword. Neither hands
nor
wrists should bend while performing the Shuto Uke. The secondary hand
should
also end in a horizontal position where a tea cup can be balanced, the hand
does not act as the cup but rather the plate the cup sits upon.

Domo Arigato Hanshi
Pat Moriarty
Go Dan
Co-Shihan
Pine Forest Karate
Northampton, MA