This is the second of three Sai drills that we practice in the kobudo program I run at The Academy of Traditional Karate. This set of basic sai strikes is a good place to start working with the sai after the basic set of sai blocks.
Sai Uchi Freeze-Frame Step-by-Step Breakdown
Sai Uchi is a kobudo Sai Kihon drill which focuses on four simple sets of basic Sai strikes including Reverse Front Strikes, Reverse Open Down Strikes, Double Strikes and Double Swinging Strikes.
Each strike is done four times, alternating Right and Left hands, returning to Yoi position between each strike. The stances alternate between stepping left and right into Zenkutsu-dachi (front leaning stance). The Sai strikes are practiced on both the right and left sides with four repetitions of each strike. Only the first strike with the Right hand (stepping forward Left into Zenkutsu-dachi) is shown in the below freeze frames for reference, but all four repetitions of each strike are shown in the practice video.[Note: The photos below are freeze frames from the live action practice video, so they are not as perfect as if they were specifically posed photos for each move.]
Reverse Front Strikes
Reverse Open Down Strikes
Double Swinging Strikes
Sai Uchi (Strikes) PDF Reference Sheet
The following PDF reference sheet is a distillation of all the moves in the drill to use as reference while learning and practicing the Sai drill. It is useful to help you remember what all the moves are until they are committed to muscle memory or for review to remember them after returning to the drill if it hasn’t been practiced in a while. I had created this reference sheet when I was first learning the drill myself. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.Sai-Uchi-Strikes-10-25-22
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