Class began with a review of the first five named kata and sayugyaku of Kukishin Ryū Happōbiken, working on the inital positioning, use of kamae, use of hyōshi and kihaku, metsuke and targetting. Following this we moved onto the 9 kata of the Kukishin Ryū Happōbiken hanbō shoden, looking at the striking forms, locks, timing and tai sabaki used in these forms.
Lastly we moved onto a complete review of the main kata of Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu Jōryaku No Maki, looking at the connection between the Jōryaku No Maki and the key concepts from the Kihon Happō. We also worked on using the principle of tenchi inyō to drive the movement.
“..I think it is the foundation: the power to show forbearance, the strength to restrain oneself. This is essential in training. For example, people come to a martial arts dōjō and may undergo some pain in practice, right? They are in the role of receiving attacks more and more, and then, as their taijutsu improves, their training comes to involve dealing with attacks at a psychological level, too. A person who can endure this patiently and with perseverance without losing their equilbrium will achieve a great deal.” – Hatsumi Sensei