This is how we practice shuto uchi in our dojo. We use woodboards as fokus pads. :) Usually folks practice shuto on boxing bag, but bag is too soft for shuto. Shuto is meant to break a bones and bones are not soft. We are using left overs from temashiwari for practice but any wood is good. Please dont practice on your doors because you will destroy it. :) If you try this go slow and dont push it – it is easy to get hurt.
This movement can be seen in many martial arts movies because it looks mysterious, but dont be fooled it is very effective. You can find this technique in many karate katas and it is mentioned in Bubishi. Name Tora Guchi means “Tigers Jaws”. This is defence against hair grab or throat grab by grabbing simultaneously his throat and testicles and there is another variation of poking attacker eyes and grabbing testicles.
Naihanchi (Tekki) kata bunkai. This is about first sequence haito – empi uchi. Main point here is to use elbow to escape from grab and counter at the same time. Keep in mind that execute empi uchi in way that it is also escaping technique.
This is Oyadomari Passai kata. That is Tomari version of Passai kata and it is generaly oldest version that survived today. This kata is modified in Shotokan and is also known as Bassai dai. Version that we practice is similar to one that is passed down through Matsubayashi school. There is saying that Passai means “Lion dance” and I think that it is highly possible because there are many paw and claw techniques that are similar to cat movements. Our dojo has lion as an amblem and Passai is our signature kata.