Our friend, Aidos Underbayev from Kazakhstan, has sent us an excellent Makiwara Monday video. It displays the importance of hip rotation. As you can see, Aidos places a lot of emphasis on an initiating hip rotation. The hip gives the impulse to move the upper body and then the arm. More technically speaking: Big mass, the upper body, moves the small mass, the arm and the fist. The rythm of hip, upper body, and arm (or leg) is the foundation of Shotokan. Good job, Aidos!
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