Class began with Kotō Ryū Hekitō Gata, examining the eight main forms. Kotsu (structure), kurai dori (positioning), and kihaku (spirit) were examined in each, as well as the specific atemi and ashi sabaki used in each.
The second half of the class was spent examining some of the Daishō Sabaki Gata from Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu. For Tsuka Kudaki and Hiki Dori we looked at the angle of entry and use of atemi, for Iri Dori we examined the structure of the initial and final strike, and use of shirabe in the kata, for Rangaku we focused on the timing of the ashi sabaki and blending it with the te sabaki correctly, and finally for Sukui Dori we reviewed the initial evasion, use of strikes to preoccupy Aite, and various effects of Aite’s timing of their draw on the kata.
“This is the feeling or state of mind of mutō dori. All the movements express mutō dori.” – Hatsumi Sensei