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Andre Bertel (Shotokan karate): Mawashi geri - jodan zuki

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Published on 22 Jun 2008

Here I use a comprehensive right jodan mawashi geri followed by right jodan punch. The roundhouse kick made the gap for an immediate straight punch to land on my opponents face.

When attacking in competition I always thought ahead. Once launching an attack, I'd forget about it, and focus on my opponents potential response. I never bothered much with feints... A combination to me was hitting with each technique, not just the intial, middle or final attack. It goes without saying that 'committed attacks' always draw the opponents defence more than feinting. Although not such an impressive clip, I hope this establishes that "the best way to create gaps is not by feinting, but rather, by firing real attacks every time". If you can do this with your thought on your opponents reaction, you'll create a 'win-win situation' for yourself. Never think 'wazari', only think 'ippon'!

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

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