Sai & Shotokan Karate Techniques : How to Hold a Sai

All right, here we have the sai. The sai started
and came from Okinawa. Years ago the Japanese invaded Okinawa, and they took all their weapons,
their swords and different things to defend themselves. So, they had to use farm tools.
The sai was originally a farm tool that they used, and they ended up using it to block
their sword. They use this whole area, here, to block the sword and to strike the armor
of the Samurai. First off, we’re going to show you how to hold the sai. So, when we
have the sai just in a down position, just in a regular position, it’s straight. You
always want it straight, all the way down your arm. So, your pointer finger is going
to be pointing up on the handle. Your bottom…your thumb, it’s going to be under the first curve,
rung, right there. And the other three fingers folded over the top. Now, you want it straight
down to guard your arm, all right? That bone. And turn to look there. You always want it
straight, you don’t want it out like this, ’cause you want it to guard that bone. So
when you block, blocks that whole arm right there. When you punch, it’s straight. If it’s
out, it’s going to come back and hit you. You want it straight. All right, now I’ll
show you how to hold…when we use…when we flip it out to strike. All right. Your
fingers are going to be folded over, all four. Grab the handle, pop it out, and your thumbs
going to move to the middle of the sai. You want to make sure that your fingers are not
in the middle, anywhere near it, ’cause they’ll get cut off. ‘Cause that is used to block.
So you want it away from there. And then we come back the same way. Over, and back. And
again, you want it straight. Straight through. All right, now I’m going to show you how to
hold the sai when you do a different strike. We’re going to go over top, straight over.
So our fingers come over again, but instead of going this way, we’re going to go straight
down. Okay. And what happened there, I move my thumb out of the way, slide it down below,
so all your hand is just at the handle. Right there. And you bring it back, right over.
Just a straight, fast, over-top strike, and back. Show the other hand. Be sure you want
to do it straight over. Hold that all the way, tight. And that’s how we hold the sai
on all of our blocks and basic strikes.

38 Replies to “Sai & Shotokan Karate Techniques : How to Hold a Sai

  1. Oh thank god this video was uploaded. I've been carrying around those 2 swords with me for months now with now idea how to defend myself with'em. But now I know how. Thanks expertvillage!

  2. You can't juge him watching this… 😐 And besides i find this pretty usful it suppose to be BASIC thaaaa. That's why it sems easy. He's a black belt…you think he got it by being avreage? :|Trust me… i know what he's doing πŸ˜‰

  3. It depends on the person.If the boxer would be alot faster than the martial artist he would win.
    The diffrence is in training.Most martial arts train certain parts of body that are used the most in the martial art.All the martial arts are equal including box, karate, tae kwon do, kung fu …It depends on the person who uses it.
    Also please next time before you post please think about what you are posting on.

  4. Hey the Sai aren't sharpened. And actually aren't made for impaling like most people think. The main attacks come from the butt end of the weapon, and the long center does swing strikes to the arms, neck, knees, collar bone etc.

  5. Its is amazing some of the morons that are making comments about this training video. This man is a world champion and he is also my sons sensei. I gaurantee not many would want to face against him, but, there are ignorant people in this world who know nothing about martial arts. So if you dont know keep your mouth shut!!!

  6. the Electra Sai's were actually flat and sharpened along all three length's. if struck with a sword or heavy bow they would most likely have broken, they are the perfect example of hollywood making things look cooler without taking into consideration if the changes they made would work in real life.

  7. Thats a good comment. Martial Arts other than boxing concentrate on various attack modes like feet knees and elbows. Boxers perfect their fist strikes and angles to attack, plus their fist strikes are alot harder than anyone else who practices martial arts because thats all they use. It would be alot closer of a match than people think. Depends on who lands the first hard hit really.

  8. no. if you want good sais they are going to be pricing. SHUREIDO sais are very good. my instructor bought a pair in the 70s and they are still in workable shape. i say that because over the years of hitting things it will wear.

  9. @SatanIncarnate369
    That is untrue. When any martial arts belt is used worn often. The edges and sides begin to wear down, thus turning the belt white. I have seen it many times before

  10. Well, doing some research I've read a story about the sai coming from a chinese spear-like weapon, that was shrinked so it could be used as a hidden weapon. The farm tool theory doesn't seem too legit to me.

  11. Just had a random thought. If you're a samurai; how do you explain getting your ass handed to you by a farmer and their tool…

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