Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

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Technique of the Week (May 16th, 2006)

From Matt Kaplan, Shihan
Ueshiro Okinawan Karate Family Club
State College, PA

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"Modify Techniques When Necessary"

Occasionally, an injury requires an alternative technique. For example, if a student is training with a splint around a broken finger, it makes sense to use an elbow strike instead of delivering a punch with the injured finger pointed at the opponent. Particularly when training kata with a "real situation" mindset, it is appropriate to explore ways to work around injuries. For example, if an arm has a dislocated shoulder, try a head block using the other arm, or if a big toe is broken, try kicking with different surfaces of the foot.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu,