Doing the Pinan Five jump backwards? Am I crazy?
Well, don’t answer that.
I did a blog, you see, on the Matrix Martial Arts blogsite, about the value of doing your forms backwards. Not just listing the techniques backwards, but reversing motion. Now, the one technique that drove me to distraction, was trying to do the jump midway through the kata. How do you jump backwards? To jump forwards you get extra height by swinging one leg. But to do it backwards from the X stance you land in…how do you swing backwards? It turns into a brute force of a technique, and I never did get the reverse swing to the starting position figured out.
But I did figure out that swinging the leg doesn’t work if somebody is swinging a pole at your legs. Ouch! So there is a part of the technique that aids the physical education of the thing, but there is a part of the technique where you shouldn’t swing the leg, but just brute force launch yourself over the swinging pole.
Go ahead. Try it. It’ll tweak your art, and your bunkai.
Take a look at Temple Karate, it has Pinan Five in it, but it is a little different. After all, I’ve had over forty years to tweak the sucker.
Make sure you pick up the free book on Matrixing while you’re there.