How to Do the Open Hand Block | Karate Lessons


There are many hand blocks but the most basic
one in Shotokan Karate is the knife hand block or the sword hand block is the literal transaction
of sto, stoket. This is opposition; it is very different from
the other techniques because obviously your hands are open but also we use more of the
back stance plus the returning hand doesn’t come all the way back to your waist. It’s latent and forward. So, there are many things that are different
about this technique but not just the positioning but also your emphasis. Because your fist is not closed, there is
not the hardness that you get with the other blocks. There is a lightness of touch and so it is
more about timing and positioning. But also you know the shape is going to be
that curve coming through here. When you prep, the possibility to block with
this hand. So, you are parrying constantly. You may be parrying here. You may be parrying something coming around
here. So, there is many more things going on so
that is why your hands are open. Here is the basic technique. Some people will start from here but again
your building some straight lines which is not so in nature. You want to sink this down. This has a possibility to block and not just
making a position at the end. Here you are going to miss almost everything
to get this. Here you can cover with your lead hand. You are also building the possibility to block
all the way through the technique. So, keeping this elbow down is very important. And lifting it into a position and going out
of position is exactly that you are just making positions. What we want to do is have a living technique
throughout, throughout the movement. This way stow, stow okay. Stow che which is the strike version and can
be almost exactly the same. The open hand block of Shotokan Karate.

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