Class began with a review of the taihenjutsu mutōdori gata from Gyokko Ryū, working through the angling and rolling of the initial versions of Hira Ni Kamae, Ichimonji No Kamae and Jūmonji, before looking at another version of these kata along with yoko nagare, both with bokutō and mogitō.
From here we moved onto Gogyō No Kata, working through the key points of the basic forms, before adapting concepts from the kihon into other applications, in particular the angles, footwork, striking and te sabaki.
After a quick break we reviewed the first two named kata and sayugyaku of Kukishin Kenpō, Tsukekomi and Tsukigake. For Tsukekomi we examined the positioning and angle of suwari tsuki, and for the sayugyaku we reviewed the uke gata, follow up cuts and their targets. For Tsukigake we examined the initial foot positioning for the tsuki, as well as transitioning to the cut, before looking at the metsuke, kihaku and targeting of the sayugyaku.
“…but just because you train with me, do not assume that you have actually learned anything. Too many people around the world have made that mistake or continue to do so.” – Hatsumi Sensei