As far as defending against bo? Soke Hausel claims there is no evidence for this. Anyone attempting to block a full-force strike of a bo with closed fist blocks like those in Passai dai would spend a lot of time in the ER. Bunkai demos of Japanese Shotokan practitioners emphasize blocking bo, but Soke doesn't believe anyone in their right mind would try this with a closed fist block against a bo swung with power. This is because the force of the strike of a bo in flight, would be greatly increased by blocking with an arm producing an additive force of a head-on-collision between the bo and the arm. Visualize blocking a baseball bat swung at full force with your arm - your baseball career would be over. For those unfamiliar with Shotokan - Shotokan is variety of Shorin-Ryu karate introduced to mainland Japan by Funakoshi in 1922.
|One of dozens of bunkai found in Passai.|
|Karate ka practice Passai sho kata at the Arizona Hombu dojo. This |
technique can be interpreted as a defensive posture for taking bo from
another's hand - it can also be used to grab and take a rifle from another
|Extracting rifle using bunkai from Passai sho kata|
|Soke Hausel explains to clinic attendees, the use of bunkai|
from Passai kata.
Watching some variations of this kata on videos just to see the differences employed by different karate schools. It is important to look at every variation because we can sometimes gain important insight into the bunkai.
For the various kata bunkai, the initial stance in the kata can relate to a simple self-defense technique against a wrist grab. Other wrist grab self-defense applications are found throughout the kata and include single wrist grabs, cross-wrist grabs, double wrist grabs, as are defenses against kicks, punches, arm bar defenses, sucker punches, chokes, etc.
|Training in Passai kata at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, Arizona|
|The covered fist - a very nice beginning|
to a powerful kata. Sensei Paula Borea
demonstrates Passai kata at the Arizona