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How Many Elbow Strikes?

In the Naihanchi Shodan kata, how many elbow strikes are present by the time you execute the first kaku zuku?

Close your eyes and think about it.

The answer is 6 or 7.

1. When you execute the first open handed strike with your right hand, your left hand pulls back. This is an elbow strike (to the rear).

2. The left elbow strike is obvious.

3. When you bring your hands back together on your right side, this is a right elbow strike (to the rear).

4. When you execute the left gedan barai, your right arm pulls back to your side. This is an elbow strike (to the rear).

5. When you execute the right kaku zuki, the right arm also executes an elbow strike/forearm smash (to the front).

6. When you execute the right kaku zuki, your left arm pull back. This is an elbow strike (to the rear).

7. The possible seventh elbow strike was when you executed the left gedan barai. On the way down, the left elbow could be used as a strike.

8. In the same way, the elbow could be used during the very first strike.

Just about any block or strike contains a potential elbow strike.

It is important to realize how many elbow strikes are present in the kata. Elbow strikes are the strongest arm technique and can also be used as blocks and defenses against grabs.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin