July 21st, 2013
Chasing an Opponent to Intercept an Attack Against Another
For this week's Technique/Thought For The Week (TFTW), I recall recently one of my deshi (Green Belt Boaz Goldenberg) who asked me during class a question that I was not asked before.
The question was if we have to step first to deliver an effective attack, then how do we deliver an attack while running; for example to chase an opponent who is running away from us to intercept his potential attack against another (e.g., our family member).
My initial answer was to run and as we near the opponent to launch into flying kick as in Kata Chinto.
I also told my deshi that I would consult with Hanshi for more options, and so I did.
Hanshi's answer is to "...kick, punch or strike him (elbow smash etc etc) asap even if you are moving (running). Another reaction would be to step onto his heels thereby tripping him up and then immediately strike him to further neutralize him." Domo Arigato Hanshi for continuing to teach us.
As I thought about and visualized Hanshi's answer, it became apparent that certain moves/techniques in our kata can lend themselves very well to an attack at the end of a running chase. These attacks include, but are not limited to (there are many others):
punch from Jigotai-dachi as in Kata[s] Fukyugata Sandan
Try practicing these from a running start towards a target and practice how to stabilize yourself with your stepping. Ending the forward momentum into Zenkutsu-dachi may be the most stable, but one can achieve stability with the other stances mentioned above including Neko-ashi-dachi and Kotsa-dachi with sufficient practice and timing of the strike. Also consider striking the opponent such that when he falls back/down he does not fall on your family member; hence attack them from an angle NOT in-line with your family member on the other side.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu
Shorin-Ryu Karate USA