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.
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
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
point here is to challenge the attacker and to close
the gap quickly once the attack is initiated.