This DVD uses menus and chapter to allow you to jump directly to the section you want to practice.
Included are detailed breakdowns and
applications of the sequences in each kata.
The kata Gojushiho-Sho, demonstrated by Sensei
Ertl, is one of the longest katas in Shotokan karate.
It features many changes of direction, an unusual form
of spearhand and a useful combination against an attack from the rear.
The kata uses small changes of the wrist
that can be used to control an opponent without the need for
a large space for movement. Gojushiho-Sho is interesting in both the seeming simplicity of the
movements, while at the same time presenting a depth of meaning for
Bassai-Sho, demonstrated by Sensei Bendickson, is an alternate
version of Bassai-Dai. While the two versions have a similiar feel, there
are significant differences. Bassai-Sho features defenses that are
mostly head level and its actions are of a more flowing nature.
Most of the techniques are used as a defense against the bo, although
they are easily modified to defend against an unarmed attack. Bassai-Sho consists
mostly of open hand techniques that can be used as either strikes or grabs.
The leg sweeps and hooking actions with the feet are used to augment the
controlling actions of the arms.