Mawashi Uke

Excerpted from Kyusho-Kali head attacks video - Click Here


There are so many ways to use any action in an old Kata, in this particular presentation we will look at what is called the Mawashi-Uke (Circular Block). This is seen in so many Kata from Sanchin to Tensho to Suparempi, as well as many others.

Well as a block it is fine for the Dojo or training hall practice, but blocking in real altercations are not a great tactical approach. That is in part due to the time it takes to block one attack,leave you vulnerable for another. It also places you in a defensive mindset rather than a more pro-active get the job done mode.

So hear we take a look at more of a striking application, utilizing the neuro structures and physiology for a more proactive use. In this use the nerves of the Kidney as well as the Supraorbital nerve cluster on the forehead will be targeted to measure the affects.

The demonstration is for a specific demonstration and not really applicable for real fighting or protective use case, however it is easily adaptable as one.

As we strike the body in a frontal and rear area combined with a left side, right side approach, we gain more affect than using the same side or both frontal or rear attack formations. This has to do with the right brain connection to the left side body and the left side brain connection to the right side body. The stimulus with staggered timing causes temporary brain imbalance, confusion and therefore lack of control of body stability and control.

Once the stimulation of the nerve targets is applied, we can see the body weaken, shake (brain tries to regain muscular control) and fall without it's support. The brain had undergone a sensory overload which in turn limits motor function (muscle control,balance and strength). We can also see that the conscious state of the recipient has also been affected... again due to sensory overload.


You will also see an odd restorative action of a slap to the back side of the neck. Without getting too technical, it is to re-balance the brain. If the nerves are attacked on the left side of the head as example, the restorative shock must be on the right side of the neck.

The head attacks in restoration need, take precedence over arm, leg or body attacks. So in this example we restored the head attack more than the body attack. We can also determine what was more greatly affected by the flash of light or fade to black that the recipient experienced. A white flash would signify the nerve attack (White Crane) and the fade to black, the blood attack (Black Tiger).

We can also see if the person appears to have been electrocuted, it would be a more prominent nerve attack...the fainting would signify the blood.

Your Interpretations

As you receive a Kata, it is then yours... you may practice as it is, refine it or research it (and of course all of the above). Do not be locked in to any one reason, explore many keep few... but again, never stop researching.


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