Normally I would have the video up above my post because, honestly, most people jump right into watching and forget about the text side of these things. This time, though, I wanted to put a little preface first.
This video was inspired by an incident in a recent class at Red Dragon Karate in Glendora. It struck me a while back that one of our self-defense forms, Grablock, is in a portion of the RDK version of the Konku Sho kata. Feeling pretty cocky, I brought this to Shihan Casamassa’s attention…and he promptly shot me down.
Rather than just sputter out into oblivion, I decided to make a video show the two movements…risking both my marriage (because it was late at night and I had no students to demonstrate with) and extensive ridicule when I went back to class.
What do you think? Is Grablock in Konku Sho? I think it is.
2 quick notes: First, somehow my auto-focus was switched on for this video without my knowing it! Technology is the worst!
Second, the spear/ridgehand in Konku Sho would probably work even better going over the top of the parry-block (or grablock capture) and should have more of a grab in the back. Forgive me, it was after midnight and my brain shut off a bit during the demonstration! Plus, I was trying to be extra delicate with the wife! She terrifies me far more than Shihan Casamassa does!
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