Dori and Gatame are not part of the grading criteria at Stafford Shotokan Karate, but are excellent self-defence tools. We teach you how to defend against single or double handed grabs to the wrists, arm, shoulders, neck, head and throat, as well as multiple attackers holding various places.
We also teach defences against bear hugs from the front and back, headlocks, full and half nelson holds and more. As well as learning these holds, we also teach you how to apply some of these holds so that you can immobilise an opponent if need be. The more advanced holds are coved in Shime/Jime. (strangles and chokes)