Juji-Uke Gedan – Bunkai No. 2
Now to apply the 2nd part of Juji-uke - thrusting with both arms, crossed at the wrists.
Imagine that you’ve blindside the enemy. You’re in a good position to punch, but they’re heavier than you, balanced, stable and strong. It may be that punching them in the torso may bend your wrist, doing you more damage than them. I’ve certainly been in this position. Here’s where juji can help.
Punch with one fist, in the standard Okinawan ¾ orientation. Use the other fist to brace it, by placing your hammerfist on top. The muscle on the little finger side of the hand of your hammerfist should press on to the metacarpals (the bones in the back of the hand) of the index and middle finger of your punching hand. This prevents the wrist from flexing (by far the most likely way that the wrist can buckle). Don’t punch from the hip, instead punch along your centreline. As you’re using both hands turning the hip would be counterproductive. So how do you generate power? By driving the centre forwards and by a slight flexing of the spine (which curves back as you begin to drive forwards then curves forward at impact). In this particular instance I’ve focussed on striking with the 2 main knuckles of the bottom hand, but I could equally well let the knuckles of the other hand join in too – more targets to hit but less pressure applied at each knuckle.
Why wait til I’ve blindsided the enemy before using this strike? Well as it uses both my hands working together I’m momentarily not a position to block or control either of their arms. So I want to have a free shot, to not worry for a moment about what their hands are doing. At those times this is just the tool for the job. ….. #karate#karatelife#karatejutsu#karatedo#okinawankarate#selfdefence#selfdefense#shorinryu#leeds#headingley#headingleykarate#martialarts#shotokan#kirkstall#shotokankarate#loveleeds#leedslife#discoverleeds#hydeparkleeds#iloveleeds#leedsuni#gkrkarate#leedsmet#shukokai#dojang#shitoryu#wadoryu#meanwood#bradford#bunkai