This interpretation begins at the second of the series of three jodan uke techniques in Pinan Nidan (Heian Shodan.)
Deflect an incoming high punch with a jodan uke.
Step in and use the next jodan uke to trap the opponent’s punching arm.
Pull your arms across and bring the opponent toward your centerline, by crossing your arms, as the move in the kata shows.
Drop and step 270° into zenkutsu dachi, pulling the opponent over your hip to throw them or dislocate their shoulder.
If they are still on their feet in front of you then there is a tsuki follow up in the kata.
The first of the three jodan uke is not shown in this bunkai.
The first and second jodan uke stop a double punch to the head. The second one is where this interpretation begins.
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