Pinan Yondan moves 17-20 application one

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A simpler elbow attack than the previous sequence, which must be at 45° to function. The Heian version looks quite different but in reality the application is the same. It's functionally similar to the uchi-uke application in Pinan Shodan / Heian Nidan but attacks the elbow rather than shoulder.


Pinan Yondan 17 -> Pinan yondan 18 -> Pinan yondan 19 -> Pinan yondan 20


  1. Sequence begins with the opponent facing you holding your right hand, wrist or forearm with his left.
  2. Move round to your right, the left of the opponent, about 45° as the kata indicates the angle required.
  3. The uchi-ude-uke grabs and bends the opponent's left elbow then and drags it across to your left. This causes the opponent to rotate clockwise and face away from you.
  4. The "double block" in the Heian version of the kata simply raises the opponent's elbow and wrist, causing him to fold over.
  5. The kick mae-geri is low, to the back of the knee and the step down forces the knee to the ground.
  6. Because the opponent is lowered, he will have to bend over because of the arm position.
  7. The first "punch" oi-tsuki pushes the arm up the back with the hikite forcing him over further. So far this is almost identical to the Pinan shodan application.
  8. The second "punch" gyaku-tsuki in conjunction with the hikite does the opposite, it straightens the arm violently and breaks the elbow.