Training began with a review of the te sabaki of Hane Otoshi, breaking down the movement into progressive versions until working on the full kata. After this we moved onto Mata Gake, again focusing on the alignment of the first and second strike and driving the movements from the tanden. From here we worked on the kihon of gyaku kesa giri, dō giri and tsuki, focusing on correct wrist alignment in each movement, before drawing these elements into the practice of the kata Shihō Giri and sayugyaku, working on the distancing and transition between attacks. From here we moved onto Shishi Geki, examining the use of foot work and angles to set up the kuzushi and final cut.
For the sōjutsu section of the class we first practiced the particular hand work of Uchi Buse, before recapping the uke gata of Aite in Hiryū and correct manipulation of the Yari by Tori to keep the movement nimble. After this we moved onto the Jōjutsu kata Kote Gaeshi, working on the use of the body to drive the strike in the main kata, as well as henka using additional strikes.
“The essence of martial arts and the ways of strategy lies in protecting oneself. Ninjutsu is central to this self-protection. Ninjutsu protects the spirit too. If you perform the martial arts with an incorrect spirit, instead of protecting yourself, you will end up killing yourself” – Takamatsu Sensei, Ninjutsu Hiketsubun
Kukishin Ryū Bikenjutsu, Bujinkan Battōjutsu & Swordwork Fundamentals
September 5th – 7th, Dundrum, Dublin
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