Class began with junan taisō, followed by oten, and working on forward and backward rolls with obstacles. After this we reviewed two versions of Hōraku, working on slipping and positioning for the keri kaeshi, before working on smoothly transitioning between gyaku waza. After this we returned to Hōraku, working on the mechanics of the take ori, kuzushi and final nage.
After a quick break we worked on Tsukigake Sayugyaku, transitioning through kamae to create an opening before counter attacking, as well as working with the correct ma-ai, hyōshi and kihaku.
“As is generally accepted, the kosshi (essence) of martial arts is posture. It is essential one understands that what governs the kamae is the spirit.” – Hatsumi Sensei
Dublin seminar with Luke Molitor on Gyokko Ryū Hiden (Sword, etc.) & Bujinkan Ryūha Newaza 31st July – 2nd August.