Empi

what is empi

猿 En = Monkey
臂 Pi = Elbow

猿臂 = Enpi = Elbow strike

Enpi is a nickname for elbow strike.

Other names used are Hiji ate and Hiji uchi. You can use your elbow to deliver a lot of impact on short range, but also to stab during a struggle or to create space when someone tries to take hold of you.

Below you will find an enumeration of different kinds of Enpi.

  • Mae enpi (forward)
  • Mawashi enpi (circular)
  • Age enpi (upward)
  • Otoshi (Tate) enpi (downward)
  • Yoko enpi (sideways)
  • Ushiro enpi (backward)
  • Otoshi mawashi enpi (diagonally downward)
  • Naname age enpi (schuin omhoog)

how to practise many types of empi in one method

As you can see in the video, there are several different kinds of Enpi. For example, there is Age enpi, Ushiro enpi, Mawashi enpi and Yoko enpi, which I show in the video and also in that sequence. The method shown is excellent to practise Enpi and also to practise different kinds of body movement and stances. 

ohyo kumite 4 finalises with empi

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empi in kata

Although many variations exist, in Wado Kata the amount of variations are quite limited.

empi in niseishi

Niseishi Mae Empi

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empi in niseishi

Niseishi Age Empi

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empi in pinan yondan and kushanku

Pinan Yondan Empi

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empi in chinto

Chinto Empi

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use empi to attack

Empi in Kata and Empi in application are two different things. 

Empi is extremely versatile and effective in short range combat: after you get close to the opponent. Or when you find yourself in an unfortunate place when the opponent got close to you.

Yoko Empi

Empi can be used for devastating blows as well as short stabs which functions as Atemi instead of the main blow.

Osae Empi

learn how to use empi as a counterattack with this ippon kumite

Otoshi Empi