Karate Self Defense Moves are the Ki to the Art!
The karate self defense moves from the old forms are sometimes odd. By this I mean they are hard to understand, and sometimes to work. The problem of course, is that they are unique situations having to do with combat, and not arranged in any particular sequence or order.
When one learned the ancient karate forms methods, the sequence of forms themselves was out of order. That martial arts arrangement of kata was taught for the longest time before the forms were finally put in the right order. In particular, I am talking about the switching of Pinan one and Pinan Two.
That point made, this article is about the first move from the next form, pinan three. This karate kata opens up with basic movements that should be, perhaps taught earlier. The problem is that the self defense application is hard to apply.
In that martial arts form the footwork pattern opens up with a simple basic back stance. Then, however, you have a set of double blocks done with the feet married. To say that the feet are married is to mean that they are placed next to each other.
To make this form application work one should mix the back stance–or perhaps, if one is feeling particularly aggressive, a front stance–with the double blocks. This gives one the option of moving the whole body into the attack. This aggressive behavior tends to push the attacker back.
So the attacker steps forward with a right punch, and the defender can move in and jam the attacker. A simultaneous outward block and punch to the groin will duplicate the moves of the karate kata. Being aggressive in this manner one should be aware of the knee, and how to shove the attacker’s knee in or out.
One could also take advantage of the other arm position in this Martial Arts pattern. In this secondary self defense movement the attacker would again step in with a punch, but perhaps angled a little lower. The defender would again step in aggressively, but this time do a downward block (or parry) and an uppercut to the chin.
In closing, these ancient forms are the gold, they have all manner of techniques stored within. It is up the student to be quick and astute, and to study those forms so that every single possible self defense movement can be gleaned, understood, and made to work. These old forms should be studied, analyzed, dissected, and gloried, for the Karate self defense moves within them are the heart of the art.