In this the Third part of this series I want to share one Application that has been an "open Secret" within the Shotokan comunity, and a Shotokan Karate student was the first to show it to me. It is also documented in Karate Do Kyohan by Gichin Funakoshi which explains why it is such an "open Secret" in Shotokan Karate.
First Things first though: Here is a look at the technique we are looking at:
Below is the most typical Application of high section Block demonstrated first and it is demonstrated by a Shotokan 8th Dan. He says that moving backward is a Block and then he demonstrated Gichin Funakoshi`s Application as his number 2 and says that moving forward (as we often do in Poomsae while doing the "Block") is not a conventional "Block" but an attack instead.
I am not the most fond fan of this particular Application but I felt that it did deserve its Place in the series both to show a different aspect of the technique and it might be to someone elses liking, and I felt the need to show it so that those who say Gichin Funakoshi did not know "alternative Applications" and if he did know them he did not teach them to see that he did know them and he did teach them:-)
In Part 4 I show a more "old School" defensive Application to the high section Block:-) Click here to go directly to part 4
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