DVDs

DVD 1

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Two Person Drills Vol 1 – “Tegumi Renzoku-geiko Nyumon”

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Entry-level Kotekitai, Kakie and Muchimi-di

Two Person Drills (Not to be confused with Tegumi / Okinawan Sumo)

The flow drills unique to Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu are now available on digital step-by-step instructional DVD. The first in a series of of instructional presentations by Master Level Instructor Patrick McCarthy, this digital presentation introduces the learner to the art of Tegumi Renzoku-geiko. Brought together by Patrick McCarthy, here are a series of unique drills, which range from checking, trapping, and blocking, to locking joints, twisting bones, seizing cavities & impacting specific pressure points.

Introducing the learner to the first set of 12 exercises, this unique practice is a must for all serious enthusiasts and transcends the boundaries of Styles.

Tegumi links fundamental technique to its corresponding defensive themes and application principles while identifying associated pressure points. One of the fastest growing new/old practices, Tegumi kicks open the door to discovering kata application without adversely effecting the signature characteristics of one’s own style or system.

Approximate running time 90 minutes.


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DVD 2

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Aragaki Seisan Volume 2 – Koryu Uchinadi Aragaki Seisan

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Form and application of are now available on digital step-by-step instructional videotape (running time 105 minutes) The second in a series of instructional videos by Master Level Instructor Patrick McCarthy, this digital presentation introduces the learner to the Koryu Uchinadi interpretation of Aragaki Seisan; form and applications.

This kata is mandatory learning for all students of Koryu Uchinadi and teachers alike.

Approximate running time 90 minutes.


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DVD 3

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Yamane Ryu Bojutsu Vol. 3 – Koryu Uchinadi Yamane Ryu Bojutsu
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume #3 This video on bojutsu introduces the learner to the four ritualized patterns of development employed by Oshiro-ha Yamaneryu kobudo. These fundamental exercises represent the foundation necessary in preparing to study Shuji, Sakugawa, Yonekawa, Shirotaru, Chinen Shikiyanaka & Pechin Kumibo. Viewed from various angles, this tape includes 1. Fundamental postures 2. Blocking, trapping & deflecting 3.Swinging, grip changes, bo manipulation & body movement & 4. Koryu no Kon (representing the principal methods of impact & composite fighting techniques of Oshiro-ha Bojutsu.)

This DVD represents a completely systematized methodology through which fundamental skills can be effectively learned regardless of kobudo/bojutsu style.

In comparing the content of this video with other styles it will become immediately apparent that there is a significant difference between modern kobudo and that of Oshiro-ha Yamaneryu. While an entire dissertation might better illuminate the obscurity surrounding this phenomenon, a simple explanation tells us that such differences came about largely due to kobudo unfolding alongside modern karate. In the same way that old-school Okinawan karate conformed to the powerful forces of Japanese-ness, so too was modern kobudo similarly influenced. Introduced to the mainland of pre-war Japan during an era of radical military escalation, the original practice & purpose of karate & kobudo took on characteristics uniquely Japanese and have, for the most part, remained that way.

Approximate running time 90 minutes.

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DVD 4

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu Volume 4 – Open seminar – Australia’s Central Coast at Tumi Umbi.

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Volume #4 This informal video presentation highlights the September 2001 open seminar on Australia’s Central Coast at Tumi Umbi. This seminar-style presentation kicks off with a 45-minute commentary on technical theories, application practices and the historical premise of kata, by Patrick McCarthy. His popular two-person stretching drills that run for about ten minutes follow the commentary. The main body of the tape is dedicated to a series of unique and hands-on application practices, explanations and demonstrations linked to traditional kata such as Gojushiho, the Pinan kata, Naihanchi, Bassai and Kusanku.

 

The rest of this informal video presentation covers a seven-part two-person flow-drill that links shoving, backhanding, straight punching, hook punching, downward striking, upper-cut punching and elbowing together into a single practice. Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned.

 

Shot with a professional digital camera and easy to follow, this informal seminar-style video presentation is not made with the same quality, as is an in-studio post-produced production. However, its low price also reflects this element, too. It is well valued, and bursting with important learning, especially for application-based karate learners.

 

Running time is about an hour and a half.


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DVD 5

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kata Bunkai I Volume 5 – Open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium Part 1
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume #5 This informal video presentation is the first of three tapes highlighting the December 2000 open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium. This seminar-style presentation kicks off with a 30-minute commentary on technical theories, application practices and the historical premise of kata, by Patrick McCarthy. The main body of the tape is dedicated to learning a two-person close-quarters drill that features the elbows, knees, head-butting, joint-locking, thigh kicking and bumping into a single practice.

The rest of this informal video presentation covers two unique takedowns and follow-up ground control, several applications for the hand-position and bunny-hops of Chinte kata, joint manipulation, a few pressure points and cavity seizing for pain compliance control. Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned.

Shot with a professional digital camera and easy to follow, this informal seminar-style video presentation is not made with the same quality, as is an in-studio post-produced production. However, its low price also reflects this element, too. The informal seminar-style video presentation is well valued, and bursting with important learning.

Running time is about two-hours.

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DVD 6

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kata Bunkai II Volume 6 – Open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium Part 2
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Vol #6 This informal video presentation is the second tape in a series of three videos highlighting the December 2000 open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium. This informal seminar-style presentation continues on with the technical theories and application practices as taught by Patrick McCarthy. The tape begins with attacking the hypoglossal nerve, by locking the neck after bridging a hook punch, and is followed up by a takedown and ground control.

The main body of the tape is dedicated to pain control through hyper-extending joints; it features fingers, wrist and bone manipulation as well as pressure points in the arm. The tape also looks one of the central two-person composites from Chokyu-gata, featuring a counter escape from an arm-bar.

Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned. Shot with a professional digital camera and easy to follow, this informal seminar-style video presentation is not made with the same quality, as is an in-studio post-produced production. However, its low price also reflects this element, too. The informal seminar-style video presentation is well valued, and bursting with important learning.

Running time is about forty-five minutes.

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DVD 7

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kata Bunkai III Volume 7 – Open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium Part 3
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Vol #7 This informal video presentation is the third tape in the series highlighting the December 2000 open seminar in Antwerp, Belgium. This informal seminar-style presentation begins with a twenty-five minute overview of application practices, which reveal the defensive contexts and timeless principles, which makes it all work. The main body of this final tape is dedicated to identifying important pressure points and showing various ways of attacking them using the five principles. The tape also includes important and consecutive joint manipulation and associated practices. Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned. Shot with a professional digital camera and easy to follow, this informal seminar-style video presentation is not made with the same quality, as is an in-studio post-produced production. The informal seminar-style video presentation is well valued, and bursting with important learning. Running time is about ninety-five minutes.

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DVD 8

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kata Bunkai IV Volume 8 – Weekend course held in Hyuvinkaa, Finland
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Vol #8 This video presentation is the fourth tape in our seminar series and highlights the December 2002 weekend course held in Hyuvinkaa, Finland. An informal-style presentation, it begins with the instruction of Heishu waza; a unique solo drill bringing together the close-range percussion-impact tools (fist, elbow, knee, head, foot stomp etc.) commonly used in Koryu Uchinadi and concludes with its two-person practice. Heishu waza is followed by Kaishu waza futari-geiko; a unique two-person drill, which brings together the various open and empty-handed techniques commonly used in Koryu Uchinadi. Both of these drills are central to the fundamental curriculum of Koryu Uchinadi and are considered mandatory learning for students of this tradition. These two complex exercises are followed by a unique two-person escape and counter drill based on joint manipulation, trapping and seizing, which underscore the fundamental use of application principles exampled in kata like Bassai, Kusanku (Kanku dai), Chinte, Niseishi (Nijushiho) & Useishi (Gojushiho).

Following this lesson is a discerning examination of important budo koto waza (martial art proverbs) by McCarthy sensei as he illustrates both the calligraphy and penetrating philosophical meanings of “Bun Bu Ryo Do”; “On Ko Chi Shin”; “Ryu Sui Saki o Kiso Wasu”; & “Do Mu Gen”. The lecture portion concludes with McCarthy sensei providing a pragmatic explanation to the enigmatic contrast between “Do” and “Jutsu.” Following the lecture McCarthy sensei illustrates more brutally functional application practices from Kusanku (Kanku), Chintou (Gankaku), Niseishi (Nijushiho) & Seipai.

This tape concludes with Uke-waza; a three-part complex receiving drill, which links together the six fundamental “blocks” central to Koryu Uchiandi andhighlights the hidden elements of checking, bridging & trapping. Required learning for all students of Koryu Uchinadi the uke-waza futari renzoku-geiko (two-person receiving flow drill) introduces three indispensable perspectives of training that are certain to improve your understanding of kata and its application practices.

Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those yudansha & mudansha who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned. Digitally produced, easy to follow, and bursting with valuable learning.

Running time is about ninety minutes.

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DVD 9

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Nyumon Volume 9 – Koryu Uchinadi Nyumon
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
What is Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu?
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu is a unique collection & functional re-interpretation of old-school tegumi grappling drills & those embryonic Fujian-based quanfa practices once secretly cultivated before the development of the simplified version or modern tradition evolved. Re-systematized into a cohesive & completely application-based study, it was cradled in rediscovering and fusing together the principal teachings from many of this tradition’s most celebrated pioneers.

Format
We have presented many of the drills from several angles to better study each technique. We have also used different yudansha in order to clearly illustrate how varying body types, and the physical demands they have on each of us, affect our range of motion and individual performance. Please remember, we ARE NOT trying to generate carbon copies or produce an army of clones, but rather, emphasize the importance of individuality while mastering common principles.

Contents
1: Reishiki (Etiquette),
2: Junbi/Seri Undo (KU Preparatory & cool down exercises, including ukemi waza, Ne Keri waza, Tachi Keri waza futari-geiko)
3: Kihon-waza Solo drills (a. Tsuki-waza, b. Keri-waza, c. Kamae-waza, d. Kaishu-waza, e. Heishu Waza, f. Uke-waza),
4: Kihon-gata (Taisabaki-gata),
5: Taisabaki Oyo-jutsu (Two-person application practices to the Taisabaki kata),
6. Futari Renzoku-geiko (2-person continuous reenactment drills for all 6 sets of kihon waza)
Running time 3 & 1/2 hours

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DVD 10

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Source of Karate Vol 10 – Seminar in Medowie, NSW [Australia]
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
This is a wonderful seminar-style presentation highlighting the October 2000 Shotokan-based seminar in Medowie, NSW [Australia]. The DVD kicks off with highly informative commentary on technical theories, application practices and the historical premise of kata, by Patrick McCarthy, and focuses on how to effectively negotiate the ominous hook-punch to the face. Sensei McCarthy also includes demonstrations of kata-based application against a bear hug, shoulder seize and lapel grab along with important application hints about several other Shotokan kata. Historical overview of Karate Correct applications of techniques Drills and more.

Packed with educational value, this informal presentation is not a step-by-step “how-to” instructional video, but rather, made for those who participated in the seminar for the purpose of reviewing what they had already learned. Shot with a professional digital camera and easy to follow, this informal seminar-style DVD presentation has been digitally authored complete with a menu. The informal seminar-style DVD presentation is well valued, and bursting with important learning. Running time is eighty-one minutes.

May we just say that these new productions are really excellent and having just recieved Volume 10 we would just like to say that we never tire of hearing great explanations of Kata application principles and historical background. We find ourself nodding our heads in agreement and wishing that we had been privy to this knowledge thirty years ago…never mind, as many say Karate is a lifelong practice and we are just so glad that McCarthy Sensei is sharing his experience with us all.

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DVD 11

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Kansetsu Tuite Volume 11

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Volume 11 is a unique presentation on the principal limb entanglements, joint manipulations, and cavity seizes used in causing intense pain, restraining and or incapacitating an opponent. Developed by myself [Patrick McCarthy] this highly functional two-person drill brings together no fewer than seventy-two individual techniques providing learners of any rank or style with an extraordinary repertoire of kata-based application practices. Joint manipulation Bone displacement Seizing connective tissue Attacking body cavities and more.

Those of us who have previously purchased IRKRS video/DVD productions can attest to the fact that all the IRKRS video/DVD productions complement the user’s existing technical knowledge without infringing upon ones stylistic predilection; they enhance performance effectiveness and present, if one is interested, academic and technical modes of inquiry from which to analyze kata movement. They are without a doubt the most comprehensive video/DVDs on the market and represent the new quality benchmark upon which any martial arts instructional video should/will be measured.

IRKRS DVD volumes 11 & 12 are no exception and are once again important training aids for any serious karateka and other budoka. These two DVDs make available to us a comprehensive resource on joint locking, tuide (grabbing, pinching, pressing and rubbing of nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles), and strangulation and choking techniques though Koryu Uchinadi’s trademark two person drills. The techniques are masterfully demonstrated, shown in many angles and speeds by McCarthy Sensei’s senior students. McCarthy Sensei carefully explains the anatomical structures being attacked and types of levers being used so that the student can learn to exploit the biomechanics and weaknesses of the human anatomy during the execution of a technique. In true McCarthy Sensei form, he relates the techniques shown in the drills to the solo reenactments found in the kata, while continually encouraging the practitioner viewing the DVDs to investigate for themselves during their study of the material. An added bonus for those who like to know the Japanese names of techniques and their English language equivalent, McCarthy Sensei provides the technique names for all shime-waza. I would like to offer my congratulations to McCarthy Sensei on an exceptional job on the new DVDs. Please keep them coming!

For those of you who have not yet purchased an IRKRS video/DVD – I would encourage you to do so – I believe they are by far the best martial arts instructional videos on the market. And whether you are a student of Koryu Uchinadi or any other karate or martial arts tradition, the material found on IRKRS DVD volumes 11 – 12 will enhance your understanding of technique and principles exponentially.

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DVD 12

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Shime/Tuite Volume 12

Patrick McCarthy; IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Shime/Tuite Waza Volume 12
International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume 12 is a unique presentation on the principal chokes and strangles used to cause intense pain, restrain and or incapacitate an opponent. Developed by myself [Patrick McCarthy] this highly functional two-person drill brings together no fewer than thirty-six individual techniques providing learners of any rank or style with an extraordinary repertoire of kata-based application practices. How to choke efficiently Learn the ancient form of grappling Learn pressing nerves & sealing the breath Classical shutdown techniques of impending blood flow and air passage ways and more.

Those of us who have previously purchased IRKRS video/DVD productions can attest to the fact that all the IRKRS video/DVD productions complement the user’s existing technical knowledge without infringing upon ones stylistic predilection; they enhance performance effectiveness and present, if one is interested, academic and technical modes of inquiry from which to analyze kata movement. They are without a doubt the most comprehensive video/DVDs on the market and represent the new quality benchmark upon which any martial arts instructional video should/will be measured.

IRKRS DVD volumes 11 & 12 are no exception and are once again important training aids for any serious karateka and other budoka. These two DVDs make available to us a comprehensive resource on joint locking, tuide (grabbing, pinching, pressing and rubbing of nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles), and strangulation and choking techniques though Koryu Uchinadi’s trademark two person drills. The techniques are masterfully demonstrated, shown in many angles and speeds by McCarthy Sensei’s senior students. McCarthy Sensei carefully explains the anatomical structures being attacked and types of levers being used so that the student can learn to exploit the biomechanics and weaknesses of the human anatomy during the execution of a technique. In true McCarthy Sensei form, he relates the techniques shown in the drills to the solo reenactments found in the kata, while continually encouraging the practitioner viewing the DVDs to investigate for themselves during their study of the material. An added bonus for those who like to know the Japanese names of techniques and their English language equivalent, McCarthy Sensei provides the technique names for all shime-waza. I would like to offer my congratulations to McCarthy Sensei on an exceptional job on the new DVDs. Please keep them coming!

For those of you who have not yet purchased an IRKRS video/DVD – I would encourage you to do so – I believe they are by far the best martial arts instructional videos on the market. And whether you are a student of Koryu Uchinadi or any other karate or martial arts tradition, the material found on IRKRS DVD volumes 11 – 12 will enhance your understanding of technique and principles exponentially.

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DVD 13

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Nage-Waza Volume 13

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
This is a unique presentation on the principal throwing, take-down and techniques of balance displacement. For the very first time ever this highly functional two-person practice has been made public. Developed by myself [Patrick McCarthy] this two-person drill brings together no fewer than fifty-five different ways of displacing an opponent’s balance and should be considered mandatory learning by all. Nage-Waza provides learners of any rank and or style with an extraordinary repertoire of kata-based application practices. Balance displacement Classical Throws Take-downs.

While nage-waza is not the principal source of self-defense used in the art of karate, it is, nonetheless, an indispensable component of effective fighting, and also reflects a forgotten aspect from this art’s early origins. Nage-waza is also something that every student of karate, irrespective of style or politics, should gain some level of proficiency in. As all domestic forms of self-protection can be bridged together by the same habitual acts of physical violence they seek to address, winding up in a clinch is sometimes an inevitable outcome. While almost everything we do in percussive impact-based traditions is to avoid ever getting into a standing clinch, if and when such a thing was to ever happen, taking immediate control of the situation is of the utmost importance, and it is at this point in time that nage-waza reveals its true value. We doubt anyone could dispute the sense it makes to be well prepared and never need nage-waza than to wind up in a standing clinch one day with the safety of your life or well-being left only to chance. Here’s your chance to learn directly from a 5th-generation master of Okinawan Karate.

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DVD 14

IRKRS Koryu Uchinadi Ne-Waza Volume 14

Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Volume 14 is a unique presentation on the principal ground-fighting used to cause intense pain, restrain and or incapacitate an opponent. Developed by Patrick McCarthy, this highly functional two-person drill brings together no fewer than seventy-two individual techniques providing learners of any rank or style with an extraordinary repertoire of application practices. At just $29.95 it is very well valued, and bursting with important learning, especially for those seeking out kata application-based practices. Running time approximately hour.

Ne-Waza is not the principal source of Sels-Defense used in the art of Karat, it is nonetheless, an indespensable component of effective fighting and also reflects a forgotten aspect from this arts early origins found in Tegumi. Ne-waza is also something that every student of Karate from this art’s early origins found in Tegumi. Ne-waza is also something that every student of karate, irrespective of style or politics, should gain some level of proficiency in. As all of self-protection can be bridged together by the same habitual acts of physical violence they seek to address, winding up on the ground is sometimes an inevitable outcome. While almost everything we do in percussive impact-based traditions is to avoid ever going to the ground, if and when such a thing was to ever happen, taking immediate control of the situation is of the utmost importance, and it is at this point in time that ne-waza reveals its true value. I doubt anyone could dispute the sense it makes to be well prepared and never need ne-waza than to wind up on the ground oneday with the safety of your life or well-being left only to chance. Here’s your chance to learn directly from a 5th-generation master of Okinawan Karate.

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DVD 15

Uke-waza Volume 15
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Uke-waza is the skill of protecting yourself against being struck by an opponent and it also represents an integral part of the overall curriculum of old-school karate-jutsu. For those of us who study and teach old-school karate, the Uke-waza practice is commonly referred to as, “The Quadrant Drill.” This is because of the geometrical way with which we look at such a unique set of practices. Punching, kicking, and striking represent the principal kinds of blunt-force-trauma attack scenarios, most frequently experienced in one-on-one empty-handed encounters of physical violence. Because we understand which anatomical targets are most frequently attacked, and what kinds of attacks are most commonly used, this unique practice better prepares us to recognize the angle of entry and protect ourselves accordingly.

The quadrant drill methodically recreates seventeen of the most vicious attacks, where the fists, feet, elbows, knees and head are used as the principal tools of impact, in one-against-one self-defence scenarios. Using about a dozen different ways to protect the seven most vulnerable parts of the body there are a total of twenty-nine strikes in the overall drill.

Once a time-honoured practice in history of this art, the habitual acts of physical violence represented the original contextual premise against which all fundamental fighting skills were tested and established. By methodically recreating those violent attack scenarios, which most threaten our safety, we too are better able to discover, understand and employ the application templates handed down through kata. Ironic as it may seem, however, this catalyst-like component has been largely forgotten in the modern interpretation of karate – and yet, it is this one obvious and indispensable mechanism that makes it all work.

Representing the link between receiving an attack, responding appropriately and controlling the opponent, the quadrant drill is delivered across four individual levels:

Level 1 – Reception
In level 1 of Uke-waza, Tori [the aggressor] attacks Uke [the receiver] with a total of twenty-nine individual strikes. Beyond satisfactorily receiving the strikes, and protecting himself, Uke is not required at this point to follow-up with counter-responses. The entire purpose of Level 1 is simply to become familiar with the various attacks, understand body position, spatial distance and the angle of entry along with providing an adequate defensive reception for each strike.

I’ve broken down the twenty-nine strikes into eight smaller groups of three and four techniques, and presented them several times during the first lesson in order to best learn and remember the order in which they are delivered. Throughout the entire routine, Tori and Uke both use only passive resistance in order to build confidence while at the same time promoting a safe learning environment. As the lesson progresses, I fuse the techniques together into a single drill and present it from several different positions in order to get the best vantage points for learning.

Level 2 – Receive & Respond
Using the same techniques of reception against the twenty-nine strikes, level 2 introduces Uke to a practical set of prescribed counter-responses in an effort to continue building and strengthening the effectiveness of the quadrant drill. Like all other drills in KU, the response practices featured here represent a cross-section of the most practical reactions under these common circumstances. In no way, however, should these prescribed counter-techniques, or any other prescribed KU practices for that matter, be seen as the only responses to such habitual circumstances, but rather accepted as interchangeable concepts strengthening the overall functionality of this practical mechanism.

Level 3 – The Wall
Continuing to explore the variations on this common theme, level 3 helps Uke effectively deal with being seized and shoved up against a wall while being struck by those techniques most frequently exampled in circumstances such as this.

Level 4 – The Ground
Enhancing our ne-waza practices, as exampled in DVD vol 14, level 4 of the quadrant drill features effective ways of receiving various punches and strikes if and when on the ground with an opponent on top of you. A forgotten aspect from this art’s early origins, level 4 represents an indispensable component of KU’s overall self-defence mechanism.

Conclusion
As striking so often represents the principal entry point of physical confrontation, Uke-waza must be recognized as an important first line mechanism in self-defense. As the catalyst-like practice is also a vital component in understanding how all the other old-school application practices work together, it is highly recommended the drill be acknowledged as one part of a larger whole — that of course being the entire old-school curriculum. Bringing it altogether means, “the whole becomes greater than the sum total of its individual parts.”

Uke-waza stands on its own as a highly effective independent set of drills, i.e., the methods of receiving various impact-related attacks, and their prescribed counter responses, can be effective deterrents in self-defence without the need for additional measures. However, a firm believer in preparation, and leaving nothing to chance, “it just makes more sense to have a complete toolbox and never need all the gear than it is to consider the alternative!” As such, the quadrant drill works best when used in conjunction with the rest of karate’s old-school methodology. Simply put, the quadrant-drill is the common thread, which weaves together the comprehensive fabric of old-school karate. I am confident that such thinking is far more in line with the original intent, approach and teachings of the pioneers than is the conformist mentality, which advocates style and form over function.

The opportunities made possible with this web-like network of reception & response practices are simply endless. In addition to the many hours of rewarding training this mechanism is sure to deliver, I am confident many new and exciting doors of discovery will also open before you. The beauty of this kind of training lies not entirely in the obvious testing of oneself, or the physical conditioning it promotes, but also in discovering that what brings all styles together is more important than what separates them.this is the spirit of the art, and this is the soul of karate.

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DVD 16

Gyaku-waza [Escapes & Counter Techniques] Volume 16
Patrick McCarthy – International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

Gyaku-waza is the art of protecting oneself against unprovoked acts of physical violence. The term, Gyaku-waza, literally means reversal-techniques, and describes a group of close-quarter self-defense practices originally developed to be used against being violently seized and controlled by an aggressive opponent. Dating back to a time before the development and propagation of modern styles, these old-school self-defense practices are based entirely upon those original empty-handed and one-against-one domestic acts of physical violence, which habitually plagued the 19th century southern Chinese culture, from where this art evolved.

Gyaku-waza represents the pathway between physical engagement, responding appropriately and controlling or submitting an opponent, without the use of lethal force. Once cloaked in an iron-clad ritual of secrecy these time-honoured, and highly functional prescribed application practices, employ an impressive collection of fighting tactics ranging from percussive impact, joint manipulation, limb entanglement, nerve pressure and cavity seizing, to blood and air deprivation, balance displacement, and controlling an opponent in both a standing clinch and or on the ground. The attack scenarios range from the classical wrist, hair and garment grabs, being seized from various standing positions, the dangerous clinch, headlock, full nelson, and various kinds of bear hugs, to different kinds of chokes, joint-locks and limb manipulations, single/double leg takedown, and defending oneself on the ground, including escaping the mount, passing the guard and dealing with back control, along with being punched and kicked in the face by the attacker while down. From a defensive point of view, Gyaku-waza is a complete method in and of itself without the need for additional measures.

Gyaku-waza is presented at learning speed using passive resistance and from several angles in order to make it easy to identify and master each lesson.

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