Using two hands together is called Meotode.
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The foundation of Meotode lies in controlling the centre line with both hands, not just one hand.
Most of the time when taking Kamae, the front hand is considered to control with the back hand ready to strike. This kind of Kamae is fine for beginners, but when you are becoming a more seasoned Karateka, your Kamae should have Meotode.
It is like Ohtsuka sensei said: "Meotode Ni Kamaeru".
This can be roughly translated into Take Kamae with Meotode or Kamae should have Meotode. It is a waste of potential, if you only use one hand when you have two.
So what is Meotode?
To understand these three applications better, I recorded a video series for you.
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You can't go wrong with these methods to develop Meotode.
These are the methods that I used myself to develop my skill. In fact, I still use them to get sharper. Faster. More effecient.
Over the years, Kazumasa Yokoyama Kancho taught us various methods and applications of Meotode. Next to what he taught in public, there's the more detailed stuff that he taught privatly to his closest students only.
I compressed his step by step methods and applications in this brand new videoseries.
The first part is on how to build Meotode from the ground up. The second his famous Meotode Drill - using Naihanchi as a guideline.
Ready for the almost 50 minutes of footage?
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Yokoyama Kancho and myself have had many in depth Karate conversations. Before watching the videos bear in mind that he stressed: "Meotode is not the techniques".
As with any movement, it should not be for one purpose only. And remember Kancho said Meotode is not the techniques. It's the principle.