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Grey shifu

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Can anyone give me the correct pronunciation and translation for the downward block....gedan barai in Japanese shotokan karate?
 

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下段払い, gedan barai
下段, gedan means low level/downward
払い, barai in this case means to sweep or clear away. By itself it is the root of the verb harau, but in this case the H changes to a B.

Yusuke Nagano is a Shotokan teacher in Tokyo, you can hear how he pronounces it in this video:


One application he neglects to mention is the use of this "block" to literally sweep, as part of a throw.
 
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