The distinctive motion of this
kata is an upper level attack following which one grasps the opponent and draws him
inward, simultaneously jumping in and attacking again. the movement resembles the up and
down and flipping away flight of a swallow.
Ron Thom, President of Shotokan Karate of America, demonstrates his favorite kata, Empi.
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Unidentified karate-ka performs Empi at Keio University in 1924
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Sadaharu Honda performs Empi in 1976.
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