Training began with basic forward rolls from seiza, hanza and ichimonji no kamae, examining the basic alignment of each and drilling cardinal directions in order to prepare for advanced variations. With this basis we moved onto the taihenjutsu from Ura Gyaku and Ganseki Nage, and relating them back to the fundamentals.
After this we reviewed a selection of different Shoden kata from different ryūha, starting with Yokutō from Kotō Ryū, relating the structure and power generation to kihon tsuki, as well as obscuring one’s own movement and setting up Aite into a poor position for each strike. From her we moved onto Kasumi Dori from Takagi Yoshin Ryū, both from seiza and standing, looking at attacking Aite’s structure at two levels in one attack, before using the body to break the grip and drop Aite into their weeakest direction. We concluded this segment with Seion from Kukishin Ryū Dakentaijutsu, looking at the kacchu kumiuchi version, linking balance breaking as a base, adjusting the direction of the kyūsho, as well as keeping strong and stable throughout.
Following a quick break we moved onto gyaku kesa giri, looking at using the te sabaki to dynamically set up gyaku kesa giri followed by kesa giri, focusing on getting the correct hasuji each time. After this we moved onto quickly switching from offensive to defense when confronting with tsuki, before setting up to counter thrust. Finally we concluded with Jōdan Uke Nagashi, looking at receiving a vertical cut to both sides, before examining a more advanced version against a tentō uchi with a rokushakubō.
“In a real situation, the environment will be different, everything will be different. You must be able to respond to these changes. Only then will you understand.” – Hatsumi Sensei