meotode is advanced karate skill
Using two hands together is called Meotode.
夫 means husband and 婦 means wife. Together, they (夫婦) also mean pair or couple. A husband and wife should live in harmony and coexist with each other, not leading separate lives. Well, they could but in that case you may wonder why they got together in the first place?
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?
- Meotode is using both hands continuously, one after the other.
- Meotode is using the left and right hand at the same time.
- Meotode is using one hand to control the other to strike.
To understand these three applications better, I recorded a video series for you.
the mini series
the meotode crash course
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.
meotode seminar footage
I have a SD card with my 2017 seminar on it - but it wont read the card... You can watch footage from my 2013 and 2014 seminars though. If you know how to fix a memory card that doesnt work anymore due to short circuit issues, mail me at email@example.com please.
typical wado meotode
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".
soto uke with meotode
use meotode to attack
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.