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Introduction to Karatedo Update

I was feeling a bit burnt out from working on Mabuni and Nakasone’s “An Introduction to Karate-do” and so took most of February and March off from it to work on other projects; mostly Itoman Morinobu’s “Kenbu Zasso” (happily I was able to track down Itoman’s 1959 series of articles on Karate published in the Ryukyu Shinpo thanks to my friend James Hatch and will include them in the updated Itoman translation). That said, I’m happy to report that I have returned to working on ‘An Introduction to Karate-do’ and am making good progress on it. It is essentially finished, and I am currently editing it.

I thought I would share a small section on Pinan Sandan kata from “An Introduction to Karate-do”. There’s nothing ‘earth-shattering’ in it, but I find their ‘advice’ at the end of this section interesting; especially when considering modern Shotokan Karate (please don’t misunderstand, this is not intended as a slight against Shotokan, only to point out how Karate evolves).

Mabuni Pinan Sandan

Movement 13 (figure 104)

This movement focuses on doing a right hiji-uke and uchi-komi to the west.

Description

(a) Keep your left foot in the same spot and advance one step with your right foot to the west into shiko-dachi. Your upper body faces south, and your head is turned to face west with your attention focused in that direction. Swing your right elbow in front of you as if you are knocking away an opponent’s attack and make sure that both elbows remain extended outwards; (b) At the same time as you perform a right hiji-uke, snap your right fist out and back, quickly striking your opponent’s stomach. Keep the top of your right fist facing forward when you strike your opponent. (a) and (b) are done quickly as one continuous movement.

Movement 14 (figure 105)

This movement focuses on doing a left hiji-uke and uchi-komi to the west.

Description

(a) Keep your right foot in the same spot and advance one step to the west with your left foot into shiko-dachi. Keep your attention focused to the west. Perform a left hiji-uke and left uchi-komi. 

Movement 15 (figure 106) 

This movement focuses on doing a right hiji-uke and uchi-komi to the west.

Description

(a) Advance one step with your right foot and perform the same movement as you did in movement 13. 

Advice

As you step in with your foot into shiko-dachi and perform hiji-uke, do not stomp down with your heel.