kensei wrote:I half agree with John here. First off their are situations that Oi-zuki can be used effectivly, and most are using tsukomi kinds of attacks. However, the use of Oi-zuki training also provides more "fundamental" training that many lack. You watch a fight with brown belts (free kumite) and how weak some tsukomi style attacks are.
I dont neglect teaching any techniques that are present in the traditional shotokan curriculum because even those that are deamed unusable in self defense have a possitive affect on ones training. Oi-zuki is one that some may say is not useable in combat situations, but the training in this punch can greatly increase body connection and also improve ones drive from the back leg....if you can not see the benefit in this then I dont know what to say.
Allan Shepherd wrote:Has anyone ever trained with Dave Hooper? His Oi Tsuki is awesome, don't see it coming!!
Train with him or Ken Hassell or even Kawasoe and you will have a totally different perspective of closing the distance.
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