In "ViewPoint" http://uechi-ryu.com/viewpoint
I posted a couple clips on Konshiwa Bankai, showing parts of a multiple attack senario I've been teaching for many years. Tony posted a question on the "SoundOff" http://www.uechi-ryu.com/viewpoint/soundoff.htm
asking the proper
way to perform the kick. . . with a step forward or back after blocking punch.
To follow-up Van's point of "real world" encounters, I'd like to offer that we can do a lot in class to provide our students with a more meaningful training environment, by varying the tools we use, to reflect:
1. The rush experienced in a real fight.
2. The uncertainty of real attacks. Following a strictly rehearsed script is fine for new students, but not for seniors.
3. The test of one's skills under as realistic conditions possible.
4. The wide range of applications available within the Uechi system that are more reflex than technique, but comes from the practice of kata.
I like the Konshiwa bankai for this training, since the attacks can be set-up using the kata as a template, but varied in direction and intensity. The most important mind-set to break, is the idea that attacks, defense and counterattacks take place in a nice, orderly and predictable manner. Instead of reinforcing the idea that one must move in any prearranged manner, students should learn to "act" instead of "react". . . jamming attacks when possible, instead of always reacting with a move to the rear, then counterattack model. . . which most teachers stress in class.
Sparring is a valuable tool in our Uechi training, but cannot replace the realism possible in multiple attack bankai, practiced in a creative manner.
[This message has been edited by gmattson (edited 01-18-99).]