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Old 02-03-2001, 05:26 PM   #5
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 82
It seems common for a guy on his first classes to have a tense and often STRAIGHT arm while doing a shomen strike.

Last time that happened, I made something between omote and ura (ikkyo) but my technique was wrong.

Now I think I figured out how senior students make newcomer's elbows bend - by keeping arms straight and turning the hips... therefore you kind of pull the outside of uke's arm towards yourself and push his elbow outward at the same time with another arm.

This transfers energy directly from the hip rotation into the elbow.

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