Class began with a review of ukemi from ura gyaku and ganseki nage, looking at moving the body into the throw to allow kaiten to be done correctly. After this we reviewed a basic movement drill for jōdan uke and tsuki, looking at using the various parts of the body in unison to generate force, and conversely how broken structure reduces one’s potential force. From here we moved onto keō, first looking at the correct mechanics of the kick, various ways of releasing the opponent’s grip, before examining moving through a guard with the shutō and setting up the proper distance and position for the final keri. From here we looked at two original henka, using atemi to correctly set up for a nage waza after correctly breaking Aite’s structure and position, while Tori preserves their own.
After a quick break we revise Kiri Sage and its Sayugyaku, looking at correctly recieving Aite’s attack, using angle and structure to get a good position for tsuba zeriai before allowing Aite to drop into the final cut. Similarly we examined the use of structure in the Sayugyaku, using the keri to create distance for an appropriate follow up. Finally we examined the main form of Kasugai Dome, looking at ashi sabaki, ma-ai, kihaku and the connection (鎹 – kasugai), before using the correct sabaki to evade and counter attack.
“It is important to find balance between too much “kime” and too much freedom. If you always stop to break everything down, then you lack spontaneity and fluidity. If you are too fluid, you are all over the place like a samurai movie.” – Hatsumi Sensei