Many years ago, at a university club, an instructor said that some standards group studying the mechanics of shotokan were recommending a change in the augmented block (morote-uke). Instead of placing the knuckle surface of the supporting hand against the inner elbow of the blocking hand, one should place the hammer fist striking surface aginst the inner elbow. I have not seen this anywhere else, but both alternatives seem to help. Was discussion of this a thing at one time, and it just didn't get traction?

  • I'm guessing that the idea didn't fly, and will now try to unlearn decades of using the hammer fist striking surface to support the blocking arm. Was really hoping that more expert practitioners would offer their experienced view on the pro's and/or con's. – user2153235 Nov 15 at 21:10

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