Thursday, April 29, 2010
Funakoshi Throwing Technique - Komanage
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Here's a demonstration of a new technique that we've started practicing in class called Komange. We attempted to slow the technique down so that you pick it up which made it look a little choppy in the video, but try to perform it more smoothly and let it flow.
Komanage or spinning top is from Funakoshi's Master Text, Karate-do Kyohan in the Throwing Technique or Nage Waza section. Most modern karate practitioners don't realize that throwing techniques were part of the old karate curriculum.
Komanage is an effective self-defense technique that can also handle a number of other self-defense situation like single hand lapel grab, cross wrist grab, overhead knife attack, overhead club attack, and a single or double hand push. With practice, these applications will become obvious.
Because of it's effectiveness in handling so many different acts of violence, Komanage is a extremely important technique to learn and understand for ever karate student.
Komanage is also an effective counter move for an attacker struggling against Tsubamegaeshi or V-turning Swallow.