Kyoshi's Technique of the Week


Technique of the Week (November 15th, 2009)

Sensei Emiliano Mazlen, Shihan,

Boston Chinatown Ueshiro Shorin-ryu Karate Club
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Simultaneously attacking and defending with both hands

Master Motobu’s karate-do inspired Master Nagamine to develop the yakusoku kumite that we practice. We can see in our yakusoku kumite principles derived by Master Nagamine from his study with Master Motobu. One of these principles is that “One should strive to use both hands simultaneously in a defensive and offensive manner.” One example of this principle in action in the yakusoku kumite is the defender’s second move in yakusoku sho, which combines a palm heel strike with a low block. Another example is the defender’s final move in yakusoku san, which combines a low block with a high punch.


Domo arigato gozaimasu to all,

Emiliano Mazlen