Class began with a review of the Torite Kihon Gohō of Kihon Happō, working through Omote Gyaku, Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki, Ura Gyaku, Musha Dori and Ganseki Nage. In particular the alignment of each gyaku and its effect on Aite’s spine was looked at, as well as the use of tai sabaki to create sufficient force and the correct use of metsuke and kotsu by Tori.
After a quick break we moved onto kenjutsu performing uke from Seigan No Kamae and Ichi No Kamae in response to the varying hyōshi of Aite’s tachi tsuki.
“I want people to come to understand for themselves. I am not actually teaching, you know. It doesn’t matter if students become good or bad because of the teacher. It’s up to every student’s perseverance, this determines whether they succeed or not.” – Hatsumi Sensei