How Tai Sabaki Works in Karate Moves (Part 1)

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In this exclusive karate-moves video, shotokan karate instructor Joe Mirza delves into a concept found in the heian shodan — the concept of tai sabaki.

"Tai sabaki literally means body movement," karate-moves expert Joe Mirza explains. "What we have in tai sabaki is the understanding that when someone attacks you, they're attacking your centerline."

"When someone attacks you," Joe Mirza explains, "they're not going to punch you in the biceps. They're going to punch you in the heart. When they punch you, they don't want to punch you in the hip; they want to punch you in the kidney.

"[Understanding] the concept of tai sabaki is very simple. [The] attack is coming to you; there's two ways to avoid it. The first way is if the attack comes, you move the attack out of your way."

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That was deflection, not Tai sabaki, , Tai Sabaki is Movement of the body to the side, back at whatever angle! at 45%, , , slight shift etc, , and also to shift to the rear of the attack, it goes on and on !moving off the attackers oncoming  direction enabling for a counter in whatever scenario you take, , also a lot of shift is done at the very last instance of the attack, thus their weight is going forward which needs no more explanation, ,

Author — John Farenden

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boxing is all about this stuff, and boxing training makes you great in tai sabaki.

Author — TheAlexmercer360

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Cool. Like a "matador" move - getting out of the way of the bull.

Author — Padraic O'Gawain

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HE STEPS WITH KATA PUNCH.... THEN HE BLOCKS....STOPS....THROWS S KATA 1-2 THEN TRIPS SUPER MOVES FOR A REAL LIFE SITUATION 🥱

Author — KEVIN RMAN

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Tai Sabaki is NOT a technique. It is the inner life of all movement. It is the feeling of joining with opponent, a sort of merging where you are totally 'feeling' nuances of weight shifts, balance, off balance, and principles of working with gravity. When you have led your opponent to just past his center of gravity, done right, he won't feel it; then accelerate the end of the moment it can't be stopped.

Tai Sabaki should be practiced with a partner, competitively, but softly, even delicately. I know what some say about slow training. Do the research. The mind cannot tell real from imagination, or fast from slow. Training slow (properly done) trains the firing of your muscle synopsis; in the order of how you trained it without your having to think. Tai Sabaki allows you to Feel nuances you would not ever find only training hard or fast. It is a tool, NOT a technique.

When you train in this manner, you will move more correctly, smoother with greater speed. The mind will remember the correct synapsis controlling your muscle movement. You and partner are competing, but using profound sensitivity, and the grip can be with a mere two fingers. This is not a competition to win. This is a method of internal training. When you are understanding the practice, then when you speed up, your body is prepared. Faster muscle response and less thinking. Feeling is what many never get.. I have trained many using slow practice. Not in place of, but as a adjunct to the rest. It is a METHOD, not a technique. We all have heard of 'internal' training. This is one of the ways we train internal aspects. Most of the responses talk of technique. This is different. In a combat situation, the moment will most likely morph to something different. Slow gentle training is misunderstood. Done properly, your speed and accuracy will increase greatly. Also, to extend the practice, if an entry is blocked, continue to the next then next etc. People get stuck in picture perfect technique. This is about flow, from one to the next and so on.

Author — JoeyJoelBand

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Nice way to enter sweep but definitely not Tai Sabaki.

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ayumi waza explanation is right but tai sabaki is concerned with moving the body out of the way, away from the centre line not just deflecting an attack.

Author — Mario Bonetta

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it is not even kihon for TAI SABAKI SENSEI....

Author — Dishyum Dishyum

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great bunkai illustrated here for heian shodan, but sorry that is not what tai sabaki is. Utter nonsense.

Author — Global Fugitive