From Sensei Dale
Adamson, San Dan
Mohawk Valley Karate
Club, Little Falls, New York
DO THE TWIST!
Ok, I am not referring to Chubby Checkers, ( for those too young to
he wrote the song the " Do the Twist", early 1960's). For
Shorin ryu Karate,
the twist has a different meaning. As white belts we learn the basics.
Blocking is taught using a blunt movement, ie with children I would
teach the chest
block by having the student reach to opposite side, imagine grabbing
and pulling it to chest level. Head blocks were raising the forearm
As we advance in training, the twist is introduced. For reference,
of the forearm are the ulnar side or the little finger, the side striking
the open hand. The other side is known as the radial side or thumb side.
and radius are the names of the forearm bones. When you make tight fist
forearm muscles tighten, helping to protect the bones- but remember
are approx. 40 times stronger than concrete ( see the red book). We
twist as we punch; head block exposing the ulnar surface, chest block
side or downblock with the ulnar side. The twist of the forearm first
the attacking punch or strike and then moves it away. Whether it is
strike or punch, the deflection is the first defensive step in the block.
first learned this with pre -arranged fighting #1, the 3rd step in the
side we twist or turn the forearm when punch, but it also deflects the
attacking punch. Twisting is seen with punching- Seeger Kyoshi would
punch by throwing his hip with punch just following. All the power of
comes from the hip, the twist. Once learned correctly, most students
even think about deflection or twist, it becomes the natural move. This
5'4" daughter can defend herself against her 6'4" brother-
she just quickly
deflects the attack and counter- attacks.
Practice the "twist" with a partner.
Arigato, Dale Adamson, San dan