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Stepping/sliding & using the hips in KU
By Patrick McCarthy, KU 9th Dan
Stepping and sliding is all about footwork, leading control and balance displacement; Did you ever notice how abrupt stances are in much of modern karate? In old-school karate, the moving posture concept pre-supposes three possibilities: #1. That the effectiveness of striking can be enhanced with movement [F = M x A], #2. That evasive movement can be enhanced, and #3. In the event that the defender is being seized [*a lot of emphasis on this concept] that an opponent's balance can be more easily displaced; i.e., with an opponent seizing onto you, or your garment, the close proximity makes it easy to create a distraction [spit in the eyes, finger flick to, or seizing of, the testicles, etc.] and spin in/out or under the opponents arms and use the principles of leading control in a certain direction; hence making it easier to impact them [make them weak] before displacing their balance and finishing/or submitting them.
The vibrant hip torquing exampled in KU is about constantly training the core with macro-motion; in conjunction with posture movement, it also helps strengthen the overall ability to better generate explosive force.
Okinawan and Japanese Budo
James M. Hatch
International Educator who happens to be passionate about Chito Ryu Karate. Born in Ireland, educated in Canada, matured in Japan