Some notes on Bassai Dai (抜塞大)

I provide the names of techniques as well as their numbers according to the book of Nakayama Masatoshi "Best Karate. Vol. 6. Bassai, Kankû". Kodansha International, 1979. If some other names are used, then the source is provided.

yoi [heisoku dachi]

1. migi chûdan uchi uke, hidari shô migi tekubi yoko ni soeru [migi ashi mae kôsa dachi] [hanmi] - don't jump high, but move forward and thrust the hips forward. The covered distance is about one and a half step. The hips are in hanmi. Migi chûdan uchi uke is done, not uraken tate mawashi uchi, thus the arm moves outward, not downward.

2. hidari chûdan uchi uke [hidari zenkutsu dachi] [hanmi] - powerfully turn the hips to the left together with thrusting them forward. While turning do not rise, keep the hips on the same level. The preparation move for the block must be done so that it protects the middle level during the turn, don't turn with the open torso.

3. migi chûdan uchi uke [hidari zenkutsu dachi] [gyaku hanmi] - the preparation move for the block should be of a full amplitude. Turn the hips into gyaku hanmi together with the block, not with the preparation move.

4. hidari chûdan soto uke [migi zenkutsu dachi] [gyaku hanmi] - powerfully turn the hips to the right. While turning do not rise, keep the hips on the same level. The preparation move for the block must be done so that it protects the middle level during the turn, don't turn with the open torso.

To be continued..