Van Canna wrote:
I might have seen Evan's application during his many seminars I attended but I don't recall exactly as he produced a number of KOs using Uechi techniques.
Can you describe it in detail?
I'd be happy to, Van.
First... I am not a fan of the "fingers of death" attitude with this crane strike. Bless his heart... I have met Shinjo Kiyohide and worked out in a class where he was the guest at a seminar. (Thank you, Marty Dow.) We all know The son of the great Shinjo Seiyu is the real deal, whether it be as sparring champion, karate superman, or today's representative of "authentic" Ryuyu fighting arts. But I have seen him try to break boards using the crane beak. He eventually pulls it off, but sometimes after several tries. And when you think about how prone the distal joints of the fingers are to osteoarthritis... and when you see Kiyohide san's fingers mangled (most probably from years of competition), my sniff test says no way.
So either he doesn't have the right idea, or maybe the masters are hiding a special technique from the gaijin. I'm going with the second one because I really respect the Shinjo family and I know Kiyohide is a very, very smart and adaptable fighter. I also know he's quite the show man. Another time...
When I saw Evan's interpretation, it was just one of those things that immediately made sense to me. All the planets are aligned. With proper mechanics, even an older master can do this with ease. (Inexperienced karateka not so much.)FIRST AND FOREMOST...
The crane "striking" motion is not the technique. It is the set-up in the way that the Seisan groin strikes are merely set-up techniques. The KO technique follows logically from the human body response to that original technique.
In the case of the Seisan groin strikes, it makes a normal male bend over. What you do after the body bends over and forward like that depends upon which foot is forward. Both situations are set up in Seisan, and the appropriate coup de gras
is suggested (but not explicitly done) in the subsequent motion.
The Sanseiryu crane beak is the exact same scenario.
Behind the collar bone resides the brachial plexus. It's a bit of a nerve intersection where 5 nerves coming off the spinal chord convert into the 5 nerves going down the arm. The collar bone is there partially to create a triangular structure for the shoulder, and partially to protect that plexus.
The actual first technique IMO shouldn't be a "strike" from the North Star to Hades. Rather in a grappling situation one can calmly reach forward from your right to their right (or your left to their left), find the collar bone with the palm/fingers, and then start digging in and attempting to press one or more nerves within the plexus against the back of the collar bone. The natural reaction of the body is to tilt the head and jaw towards the owie.
Look at classic pictures of the finishing position of that crane beak. But don't look at the fingers; look at the end bones of the wrist. When you do that curl-around-the-collar-bone thingie with the fingers, the end of the ulnar bone in the wrist starts to protrude.
As the person presents a stone-solid jaw to you - all while tilting the head towards that wrist - you are set up to do the coup de gras
. Basically what you do is snap the end of that ulnar bone against the magic button on the side of the jaw. This sets up a lateral jaw hit which causes contre coup, or the brain smacking up against the back of the skull.
The only way to make this work is to do a whole-body-wave motion the way Nakamatsu is trying to show his students in that video. Just what is he doing with his core, and why is that necessary with a finger strike? Well the former has to be learned over time, and the latter is all about creating a lateral smack upside the jaw. The rotational forces on the skull do the rest.
Hope that makes sense.