One of the basic premises of Zen Goshindo Karate....and many other forms of Budo...is to keep self-defense very simple. In the photo above Mariah stuck her bokken straight to Ross's heart as he attacked with an overhead strike. His bokken is obscured by the speed he was moving and the light coming through the window. If she hadn't stuck him or moved, Ross would have hit her. He was moving fast with a good swift strike. Mariah, keeping it simple used a straightline approach. Nothing flashy but so damn effective. You should have heard the 'aahhs' after her technique. Everyone new she had a kill shot.
I will post more bokken stuff soon and show some of their good movement.
Backing [Yourself] Into A Corner
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