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Published on 22 Jun 2008
Taking the initiative later or Go no sen is not just countering the opponent. It is pressuring them to attack, then responding with a kime waza. The basic tai sabaki technique I use in this footage won Asai Sensei many matches in the early 1960's, and as a result became a standard technique within the Japan Karate Association. Sensei told me that back in those days this technique was very uncommon as competition matches were more like 'unsophisticated brawls'. Therefore Shotokan people were mostly 'line fighters'. Asai Sensei changed this when he won the 1961 JKA All Japan Championships using a variety of ducking, dodging and rotational techniques.
If you wish to read some of my articles on Shotokan karate, and about the karate of my late teacher Asai Tetsuhiko, please check out my blog: http://andrebertel.blogspot.com