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  1. #1
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    Default Kata application - turn with “low block”

    I am big on working from and getting out of the clinch.

    Kata teaches us a lot about footwork, but I tend to look at most of the turns as unbalancing/throwing methods.

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  2. #2
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    It’s not just grabbing the other guy. You on have to connect to the opponent, sticky hand stuff. Pull him into you, getting him off his balance.

    It’s not just turning around. You have to “sink”into the support leg, rotating around your center. Imagine how a figure skater pulls her arms to her center to spin faster...it’s much like that except you contract to your center with the other guy attached to you.
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    Makes sense. Getting weight in close to your body allows you to engage your entire torso along with your arms and shoulders versus just your arms and shoulders if the weight is further away.
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