Top 10 Applications for Nami-Gaeshi (Returning Wave)

In one of the study groups I am a part of, the nami-gaeshi (returning wave) movements from Naihanchi was brought up as one that doesn’t often have applications shown for it. This movement is also present in some versions of Passai, Kusanku, Seisan, and more! How could something so common and distinctive have no practical application? Well, it does have a practical application–more than one, actually–so I set up my camera and recorded the first 10 applications that came to mind.

1. Ko-Soto-Gari (Minor Outer Reap)
2. Ko-Uchi-Gari (Minor Inner Reap)
3. Step-Around Throw Entry
4. Kick/Sweep Avoidance
5. Hagi-Uke (Shin Block/Kick Check)
6. Fumikomi-Geri (Stomping Kick)
7. Kansetsu/Yoko-Geri (Joint/Side Kick)
8. Mae-Geri (Front Kick)
9. Suki-Geri (Shovel Kick)
10. Hiza-Geri (Knee Strike)

There are certainly more applications, but most of the ones I can think of are variations on the list, above. In addition, those variations are quite subtle, and difficult to illustrate in a short video. For now this will at least give you some simple material to incorporate into your training, if you haven’t worked any applications for the nami-gaeshi movement. If you have learned some applications for it, then hopefully this shows you at least one that is new for you.

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About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.