Class began with teppan nage and shurikenjutsu, before drilling keri waza, atemi no tanren, and a review of Uke Nagashi. After this we moved onto tenkai and zenpō kaiten, before reviewing the set up and structure of Ganseki Nage.
Following on from here we moved onto the main forms and henka of Sokuboku and Bokuhen from the Kotō Ryū Hekitō Gata, looking at the initial evasion, importance of kotsu and placement of strikes to specific targets.
After this we reviewed some basic battōjutsu, looking at the various stages in the draw and te sabaki of each, before reviewing uke gata with the sword.
“Everything is different, but everything is the same. Please try to find this commonality in all the movements of our art. This technique could be applied equally effectively with a gun, shuriken, sword…whatever. It’s all the same.” – Hatsumi Sensei