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Taïkyoku Nidan: The root cause strickes back

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Taïkyoku Nidan: The root cause strickes back

The title of the article probably evokes the second part of the Star Wars Trilogy.

Do not see a cause-and-effect link, it's just a bit of humour from me

We could, however, make some comparisons because even though we often consider karate do as the way of the empty hand in the sense of "empty of all bad intentions", and even if Master Funakoshi taught that there is no offensive action in karate do (" Karate-do ni feel nashi "), We must not forget that Karate is originally a war art.

Indeed, even if a martial art is often perceived as a way of life and a method of defense among others, do not forget that the term "martial" is derived from the Latin name "Mars" which means "the brave And who designates the god of war of Roman mythology.

« Star Wars", Meaning star wars (or rather" wars of the star ", for purists!), It does not take long for my mind sometimes tortuous (yes, if: D !!!) to make the link between karate do and the fighting (often beautiful for that matter!) of our favorite Jedi.

If we search Wikipedia a little bit, we also learn that the word " Jedi Would come from Japanese "jidaigeki" which refers to a film whose action takes place in the medieval Japanese era, which would make a new point in common with our martial art.

And when I look at the photo of Yoda master above, I can not help but think of the mental connection that Sensei Gence taught us

Okay, I'm igniting, but still ...

Go ahead I'll stop and I'll talk to you about Taïkyoku Nidan:

We have seen previously the first of the series, Taïkyoku Shodan.
We will now study Taikyoku Nidan, which was also created by Master Funakoshi (father or son, we do not know too much!) For a purpose without doubt educational.

Taïkyoku Nidan looks a lot like Taïkyoku Shodan because the embusen and the techniques are identical.
Only the height of the Oi-zuki is different and is at the Jodan level (high), otherwise the kata is identical.

The Tsuki being at the Jodan level, the placement of the shoulder is much more delicate than for Tsuki Chudan. So, even if your fist is pointing upward, you'll be careful to keep your shoulder well locked down during your Tsuki by contraction of the muscles under the armpits.

This is very important, because if your shoulder lifts, the return energy of the impact will not be able to circulate correctly between the fist and the ground and will be scattered at the level of the shoulder, rendering much less effective your technique and risk of causing more or less serious injuries in the shoulder joint. It's about keeping a good body or body connection.

Here, I let you now discover the video I prepared for you from Taikyoku Nidan. We will see again the connection of the shoulder during Tsuki Jodan.

Of course, I advise you to warm up thanks to the advice that I give you in my book, the ABC of warm-ups, which you can download for free.

>>> Download the video

Leave me a comment below and give me your opinion on this second part of the saga Taikyoku, it interests me!

See you soon (... for the return of the Jedi ;-))

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17 comments

  1. Hello Bruno, you have not responded to my comment. I'll address it again below, tell me your opinion.

    I am also a teacher, 3ième Dan and 20 years of karate behind me.
    Throughout my career, I realize that many teachers teach only the three 1er taikyoku. I am President of a department and member of the board of the biggest league of France, league Rhône / Alps with 22000 licensed. All this to tell you that I am fighting to preserve the values ​​of traditional karate. Sensei Gichin Funakoshi created 6 taikyokus. It is a pity not to make known the 1er kata created just before taikyoku shodan and taikyoku yodan, godan and rokudan. it will be nice if you put them on your site

    • Good evening Alain,

      Yes indeed your question is very interesting and I expected to answer it. In fact to my knowledge, Gichin Funakoshi Sensei only created 3 Taikyoku (but maybe I'm wrong) and it's Henry Plée Sensei who created 3 others (Yodan, Godan and Rokudan)
      I never put them because what I learned does not correspond to what I see on the internet. As you say, we find them very little, but in addition it is never the same depending on the site. So I was always afraid to put errors.

      If you have an official version of these 3 katas, I want you to talk about it here and I will make videos later. (Or if you want to make videos and even an article, it would be even better.)

      Sincerely,
      Bruno

  2. Hello Bruno,

    I am also a teacher, 3ième Dan and 20 years of karate behind me.
    Throughout my career, I realize that many teachers teach only the three 1er taikyoku. I am President of a department and member of the board of the biggest league of France, league Rhône / Alps with 22000 licensed. All this to tell you that I am fighting to preserve the values ​​of traditional karate. Sensei Gichin Funakoshi created 6 taikyokus. It is a pity not to make known the 1er kata created just before taikyoku shodan and taikyoku yodan, godan and rokudan. it will be nice if you put them on your site

  3. Posted by Bruno BandelierQuestion concerning the first part of the article:

    Is karate a war art ???

    In my opinion, karate is an art from a war art.
    Ancestral karate was really a weapon (hence its past ban) but currently the trend is more focused on playfulness and some even doubt the "effectiveness" of this discipline against an aggressor.

    But again, everything depends on the practitioner. Someone who goes to his karate court with the same approach he has for yoga will probably not be a great fighter. Conversely, soldiers who learn karate techniques for melee combat will be less "potentially drunk".

    It is not art that makes us weapons but what we do with this art that makes us weapons. (It's worthy of a sensei that lol)

  4. Bonjour.
    Thank you for the explanations.
    For the kata Taikyoku Nidan our master tells us that the zuki on the sides are at the shodan level, while I saw your video and all zuki are at the level jodan.
    What explains that?
    Best regards.

  5. @yoann,
    In Shotokan, yes, power is needed. It overcomes too often the release, but what do you want, we are tigers, we need to scratch a little
    Thank you for the compliments. I do not know if I am a good teacher, but I do my best.
    A+
    Bruno

  6. Hello Bruno,
    Good question, I leave room to start the other members of your blog, I would like to know.
    Friendships to all.
    @ + Marc

  7. "A hint of humor never hurts. "
    You're right about the elbow.
    In kihon, it is the biceps that must stop the forearm and not the elbow. The arm should finish taut but without exaggeration to protect the elbow joint.
    A+
    Bruno

  8. Hello Bruno,

    Nice introduction, humor can be a didactic support, "Sensei Yoda" inspired you to read :-).

    About the second Taikyoku:
    The "Tsuki Jodan" is actually more traumatic for the scapular belt, for my part in the majesty of "Tsuki" I also try not to let the forearm go to stop with the articulation of the elbow, because station to inflammation of the epicondyle.

    Good luck, friendships @ +.

    Marc

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