Pinan Godan teaches quick dynamic changes

pinan godan is the end of pinan

The fifth and final Pinan Gata has some characteristics of its own, but is mostly the completion of the other Pinan. Even though it is generally accepted that Pinan Gata are derived from Kushanku, you can see Chinto’s influence clearly.

ISHIKAWA SENSEI

This demonstration was held in Rotterdam for the Budogala in 1984.

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there are two ways to move forward but don't pick the wrong one...

In the beginning, direction, stance and technique are important. At least, that's what I tell kids and beginners. The key however is NOT in either of those three. The transition is what creates those three and that's what you should focus on once you get the hang of it.

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pinan godan kata applications

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Kata practise and application are two different things. One meaning of this is that techniques transform. Watch how Sakagami Sensei apply Wado principles to the basic movements.

sakagami sensei juji uke ohyo

In Kata, Juji Uke is performed with both hands at the same time. When it comes to application, generally one arm is used to do one thing - while the other arm does something else. In this video you'll learn several different ways of how to do that.

2009: juji uke sequence with kaisetsu

It's good training.

manji uke

The movement or posture is called Manji uke in Shotokan. Wadoryu hardly uses these kinds of names for techniques, but in Shotokan they do. Wado simply calls this Morote uke (using both hands) or Jodan and Gedan Uke or Kamae or something like that. They are more regarded as two hands doing something at the same time as opposed to being one form (do not mistake this for one movement).

Anyway, I thought to share this information with you as I am sure that some of you reading this might take interest in this kind of knowledge. The name Manji uke comes from the Kanji which resembles the posture.

Manji is written like this: 卍字.

Of course, the resemblance has to do with the first character, which you most probably recognise. Do not confuse this with the Nazi symbol, which is the other way around and tilted to a 45 degree angle. They might have copied it from this Kanji though, as this symbol is around in Buddhism since before the birth of Christ.

You can execute these movements by either withdrawing the left foot and keeping your arms in place before you move to the next one, or turn your body into the next direction as you withdraw your left foot and bring your arms together (as pictured). Have a look at the video, where I show both ways and explain the benefits of each way.

from soto uke to soto uke

The key to move from one posture to the other is the same key to create quick effecient movement. Although I explain about expansion briefly in this video, main emphasis is on how to use that key.

keep your arms open or bring them inside?

If you've been around long enough you know that originally we were all taught to keep the arms relatively in the same position when withdrawing to Musubi Dachi. Today JKF closes the arms and rotates the body as you withdraw. 

Both have pro's and cons that I explain in this video.

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