Karate is a martial art but it is above all a art of defense. Master Funakoshi liked to remind these students of this principle: " Karate-do ni feel nashi "(There is no offensive action in karate do).
I must therefore start my articles with a defense technique: the 1ère that we will learn will be a blocking technique: Gedan Bars.
Gedan meaning socks and Barai meaning Balayage, Gedan Barai is a swept blocking down.
Gedan Barai is a blockage very powerful which allows to deflect any attack of foot or fist arriving at the belt level.
Someone knocked :
- with the outer part of the forearm,
- with the hammer of hand (Tetsui),
Decomposition of Gedan Barai:
Cross arms in front of you, one of the arms is stretched (palm turned towards the ground), the other is brought above the shoulder of the first arm (palm turned towards the ear). Warning, only the arms movedo not raise your shoulders or hips. The arms are crossed, but the rest of the body remains dénddu during this preparatory phase.
Now, we will uncross our arms by an opposite movement of our arms. The describing arm Gedan Bars just "slip" on the other which at the same time returns to the hip in Ikité.
Be careful, it's not the arms that initiate this phase: in fact, the strength of the movement starts from a reverse rotation of the hips and a rapid contraction of the back muscles (The shoulder blades are getting closer.) Which carry the arms. The body thus passes slightly in profile (Hanmi). We end the blockage with a kime, with a strong abdominal contraction, stretching out his arm. We contract the forearm and the fist at impact with a wrist rotation.
Be careful not to go too far in scanning with your arm to avoid discovering its vital parts. As soon as the arm is above the knee (on the same side), the opponent's attack is deflected. There is no point in going beyond.
That's it, I hope this article 1er you more and that you will still be with me for the next techniques.
I invite you now to practice doing and remaking Gedan-Barai. Watch this video, I explain everything Gedan Barai in detail.
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(Do not forget to warm up before, thanks to the advice I give you in the ABCs of warming up , my book to download for free ;-))
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