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Henshuho Pointers
 

 

For purposes of the following, the attacker can use either right gyaku-zuki or oizuki (reverse or lunge punch). However, as your practice of Henshuho advances, you should be able to deal with any kind of attack, from either side of the body.

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1. Defender starts from right hangetsu-dachi (half-moon – the Ryusei front stance). As the attacker punches, the defender moves right foot forward and drops below the attacker’s punch, at the same time executing a jodan-uke/uchi (high block or punch), striking the attacker in the armpit. Using his right leg, the defender locks the inside of the attacker’s right leg, unbalancing him. The defender grabs the attacker’s shoulder area with his right hand and his front leg sweeps the attacker. The main point here is to challenge the attacker and to close the gap quickly once the attack is initiated.

2. The defender starts in left hangetsu-dachi. As the attacker punches, the defender uses an osae-uke (pressing block) and turns into kosa-dachi (cross-legged stance), striking the attacker with a right uraken-uchi (backfist strike) to the nose. The attacker executes a weak left punch, which can be deflected by the defender as he steps through and behind the right side of the attacker, who is thrown to the ground and finished. The main point is the proper execution of the kosa-dachi, entering into the attack and leading into the throw.

3. The defender starts in right hangetsu-dachi. As the attacker punches, the defender uses teisho-uke (palm-heel block) to deflect the punch to his rear hand, grabbing it at the same time he applies a right yoko-empi (side elbow) to the attacker’s ribs. The defender applies an empi-uke (elbow block) against the attacker’s second punch. Turning quickly, the defender finishes the attacker with a hip throw to the ground. The main point here is to enter the attack and continue smoothly to the throw.

4. The defender may adopt either a right or left hangetsu-dachi. However tai-sabaki  (turning evasion) is key to making this technique work. As the attacker punches, the defender does a hanten (half-turning evasion) quickly to the left. Then, as the attacker's punch goes by, he does a fumi-komi (stomping kick) to the leg, and shuto-uchi (knife-hand strike) to the base of the skull.  The main point here is to be calm and, when you feel the strike coming, perform tai-sabaki to enter it and defeat the attacker.

5. The defender adopts a left hangetsu-dachi. As the attacker punches, the defender uses a left haishu-uke (backhand block) to deflect it as he steps half forward, to the right, applying a shuto-uchi to the attacker's shoulder or neck (all this is done at the same time). The defender then uses right shuto gedan-barai to deflect the next punch and kicks swiftly to the groin. (A throw done here is optional.) The main point here is to master the footwork to enter the attack and to use empty-hand techniques to disable the attacker.

6. The defender starts in left hangetsu-dachi. As the attacker punches, the defender moves his left foot back to the right. At the same time, he grabs the attacker’s punch with his left hand and uses his right hand to turn in the attacker’s shoulder. He then quickly executes a right yoko-geri to attack the hip, snapping the attacker’s leg out from under him. The main point here is the quick leg change and following through with the yoko-geri to drop the attacker.

7. The defender starts in left hangetsu-dachi. As the attacker punches, the defender shifts forward slightly, doing a left haishu-uke, and then executes in quick succession a left shuto-uchi (knife-hand strike) to the base of the neck and a right nukite (spear-hand strike) to the solar plexus after the attacker is stunned. The main point is not too take too long with the block, because you risk losing the surprise of the shuto strike to the neck.







No. 1: The main point here is to challenge the attacker and to close the gap quickly once the attack is initiated.

 

 

 


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