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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 reminds you of the second part of the Star Wars Trilogy.

Above all, do not see a cause and effect link, it's just a bit of humour from me 😉 but ...

We could however make some connections there because even if 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 an art of living and a method of defense among others, let us not forget that the term "martial" is derived from the Latin name "Mars" which means "the brave. ”And which designates the god of war of Roman mythology.

"Star Wars“, Meaning star wars (or rather“ star wars ”, for purists!), It doesn't take long for my sometimes tortuous mind (yes, yes: D !!!) to make the connection between Karate do and the fights (often magnificent indeed!) of our favorite Jedi.

If we dig a little into Wikipedia, we also learn that the word " Jedi Would come from Japanese "jidaigeki" which designates a film whose action takes place in medieval Japanese times, 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 on fire, 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 upwards, you will be careful to keep a well locked shoulder down during your Tsuki by contracting the muscles under the armpits.

This is very important, because if your shoulder lifts up, the return energy of the impact will not be able to flow properly between the fist and the ground and will be scattered around the shoulder, making your technique much less effective and risking more or less serious injuries in the shoulder joint. It is about maintaining a good body or body connection.

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

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 Taïkyoku saga, that interests me !!!

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

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17 comments

  1. Hello Bruno, you did not follow up on my comment. I address it to you once 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 intended to answer it. In fact to my knowledge, Gichin Funakoshi Sensei only created 3 Taikyoku (but maybe I'm wrong) and it is Henry Plée Sensei who created 3 others (Yodan, Godan and Rokudan)
      I never put them on because what I learned does not match what I see on the internet. As you say, we find them very little, but in addition it is never the same thing depending on the site. So I've always been afraid of making mistakes.

      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 resulting from an art of war.
    Ancestral karate was really a weapon (hence its past ban) but currently the trend is more on the playful aspect and some even doubt the “effectiveness” of this discipline against an aggressor.

    But again, it all depends on the practitioner. Someone who goes to their karate class with the same approach they take to yoga is unlikely to be a great fighter. Conversely, military personnel who learn karate techniques for hand-to-hand combat will be less “potentially painful”.

    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 Taikyoku Nidan kata our master tells us that the zuki on the sides are done at the shodan level, while you have seen your video and all the zuki are at the jodan level.
    What explains this?
    Best regards.

  5. @yoann,
    In Shotokan, yes, power is needed. It too often surpasses relaxation, 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 touch 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 end straight but without exaggeration to protect the elbow joint.
    A+
    Bruno

  8. Hello Bruno,

    Nice this introduction, humor can be a teaching aid, “Sensei Yoda” inspired you to what I read :-).

    About the second Taikyoku:
    The “Tsuki Jodan” is actually more traumatic for the shoulder girdle, for my part in the majority of “Tsuki” I also try not to let the forearm go into abutment with the elbow joint, because beware of inflammation of the epicondyle.

    Good luck, friendships @ +.

    Marc

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