This is the one. The most important of all Kumite Gata.
Like Kihon Kumite 1, it is the most fundamental one of the series. It does not necessarily contains all techniques or principles on the surface but the message is clear. This is how Kumite Gata works.
The technique that we demonstrate is a variation of Kumite gata 1. Instead of moving back to the inside, I move to the outside of the opponent and pin his opponent (Roeland sensei) by body positioning using my shin to apply Kuzushi. In the video, I talk about the body position so for this variation I would like to check the different kind of technique used to apply Kuzushi. Let's compare how the lower body is used for the end movement of the official Kumite gata 1 and the variation.
Note that the alignment and positioning is key.
The body part used to contact and control the opponent depends on circumstance. Of course, length of limbs and height are a big factor.
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Any technique has variations.
Formal series such as Kumite Gata should be seen as a template. The groundwork layed out for you to work with. Of course you shouldn't start doing variations just for the fun of it since you risk enormous devation from the principle. Henka Waza should not be practised or taught too early, but not too late neither.
Henka Waza has it's place to study and understand the techniques in more depth.