Sai & Shotokan Karate Techniques : How to Use a Sai Weapon


Alright now, how to use a Sai. We’re going
to go over, like some combinations of way to put each technique together. And not just
in standing but, our stances, basic karate stances in martial arts. OKay. Alright now,
when we do our punches with the sai, do it the same way, straight through, turn that
hand all the way over. Now we’re going to, the same thing with our strikes, you do it,
out, and back. Alright, now what were you doing, when we do the basic flip out, we’re
doing a strike to either someone’s chest or to another weapon that’s coming at us to block
it. Strike it out, bring it back, punch. Now when we do straight up this is for a block,
so something is coming straight up at us, we’re going to get up, block, grab, move it
out of the way, punch. Or, come up, block, move it out of the way, strike. And right
there we would move it out of the way, strike to the head, or the throat. Use it, the throat,
the solo-plexes, parts of the ribs because it’s small but very strong. This is probably
the strongest weapon there is. You don’t see anything really breaking it too often. Pressure
points in the neck you can get to, pressure points on the ears you can get to, your temple,
your eyes. So it’s a perfect weapon to, it’s strong but small in the areas that we use.
Alright now, I’ll show you a combination, another combination. We’re going to get into
a stance, a core stance, we’re going to block high, we’re going to block low, and now we’re
going to step, slide this low one is going to come around and strike to the neck. Alright,
so block, and when we bring it from here we’re going to bring it up, it’s the same concept
as the one going straight over. We’re just moving our hand around and sideways. Now once
we do that we’re going to come and poke. So block, strike, poke. A little bit more, Psh,
Psh, Psh. Now the Sais, the funny thing about sais is that with a martial arts gate, you
want to make sure that your gate is short when you do the sais. Compared to most weapons,
or you want it longer. So most times you want your, to be all the way through so it doesn’t
get stuck on your uniform. OKay, because that’s one of the big difficulties with the weapon
that comes, that you always put on your arm because it can get stuck and get hard to use.
So either roll it all the way down or roll it all the way up.

57 thoughts on “Sai & Shotokan Karate Techniques : How to Use a Sai Weapon

  1. No offence sir, but you should organize your ideas a bit more to prevent loss of interest, and add a bit more action to your vids. a sparring match or two wouldn't hurt either. 0.0
    Don't be afraid to show off. Show people what a sai wielder can do.
    (I REALLY love the sai)
    Looking forward to your next vid.

  2. good video! The sai is one of my favorite weapons. My primary weapon is the nunchaku, but I like to use a lot of different weapons.

  3. Oh, this just makes me uncomfortable in its vagueness – if you feel like finding a more precise and experienced practitioner, look up YouTube clips I have posted by Shihan Nishiuchi and add in sai (or nunchaku or bo, or a half dozen other weapons).

  4. @Jahleim72Amaya Yha your right. alot of people think these were like daggers, due to media like Electra but sais or Zais (two sias) were artually more like twin pointed battons, used more for defence and trapping weapons then actually full on offense.

  5. @Toxeh I've heard of people deliberately wearing out their belts with sandpaper etc to make it look old, my sensei's sensei has been training longer than this guy (he must be about 60+) and wears his original belt and it doesn't look like that piece of rag!

  6. @Toxeh some people will even leave it out side, or "saw" it against a tree, to get that lok, some people just have really old belts that are speacial to nthem and thats fine but really if your belt looks that trashed buy a new one and hang that one up some where safe.

  7. I'm no sai expert, but the blocking is bothering me. Isn't the shaft supposed to be flush to your forearm so that whatever you block doesn't slap the sai against your flesh?

  8. Isn't he a bit young to have a fully faded belt .. or can you buy them that way now instead of years and years of wearing for it to fade naturally.

  9. You made a high block in one of your combos… And dropped your block. Was the block for show… Or are we just going to forget the 'attacker' was there?

  10. i wanted to know if a cop stops you and you have a pair of sais do they arrest you cuz its not really a dagger its not sharp its dull

  11. Thanks for this video, I was considering buying some Sai and this vid was pretty helpful.

    I'll be taking Karate lessons soon and to know that the Sai are compatible with basic Karate techniques is very tickling.

  12. it looks easy with sai made from chrome metal but it is heavy to spin fast.

    I am an brown belt an learn to spin fast and block an staff attack with one sai and a attack with the other one. I will but videos afterwards

  13. how effective is this weapon?

    if 2 man of equal skills fight, the other one has 2 machete while the other has 2 sai, who would win?

  14. * katanas, bo staff, and nunchucks is incorrect. Katanas, bo, and nunchucku are the singular and plural. You learn either one or two sai or nunchaku, not sais or nunchakus.

    * TKD uses very few non-human body weapons. Joong bong may be added by some people.

    * Karate does mean "emty handed". Te (tay) means hand and kara (kawraw) means empty.The name was invented by Funakoshi Gichen Sensei. The original name was Te, then Okinawate. Shurite and Nahate are styles of Okinawate from Shuri and Naha in Okinawa.

    * Some systems and styles point the toes forward in a horse stance. Korean styles/systems, generally do and have the knees directly above the toes with the back straight.

    * The weapons thought of as karate weapons were not from karate. Shotokan (House of Shoto) was Okinawate taken to Japan and given a Japanese name. Goju Ryu, Wado Ryu, Shurite, Nahate are all Okinawa arts and could/would include all of the above implements. Others include a boat oar, etc. Naginata was a Japanese weapon used by women, usually. It was, at some point, used for disabling horses, too.

    * Japanese and Okinawa languages have many of the same rules and sounds, but, like Mandarin and Cantonese (who can only understand one another with writing because the characters are the same, but the sounds are nothing alike), the spellings were the same but the vocabulary was different. Another point in this video: gi only means clothing/apparel. The correct term he should have used is karategi. Proper karategi and judogi have short pant legs and arms anyway. Uually about 4 inches shorter than Korean doeboek, for instance.

    * Sai don't need special strength exercises because they are not heavy in the least. Just practice manipulating them for speed, endurance, and accuracy.

    * In regards to belt wear. Who knows, on here, how many hours, not years, he has put into training? I have no clue. Yes, many people do actually wear the belt down with scuffing of some kind, but some belts are just made cheaply and the outer layer wears in, say, 3 years or so.

  15. Unfortunatly I' m not a martial artist, though from my stand point I don't see why the sai would have a kata. I mean if I saw a pistoff person with a sai, I would kinda haul ass in the opposite direction. To me I see it as the equivalent of the gun having a kata.

  16. people always get caught up with karate meaning empty hand but that's only been its name since Funakoshi bought it to Japan just like the techniques have only had names for just as long for instance an age uke may mean upper block but what's to stop you from using a similar motion as a hook punch to the temple or an elbow to the neck besides if Kanazawa can make a bo staff kata then why not use some sai's

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