Class began with junan taisō, followed by oten, and taihenjutsu. After examining some key points about ashi sabaki we worked on correct mechanics of daken uke, before working on a formal henka to Shunsoku, evading, using the body to prevent the draw, and then taking a final gyaku. Following this we continued onto Ichigeki, working on the timing of the entry, correct grip and gyaku uchi and zenpō keri form.
After a quick break we looked at the three sayugyaku of kiri age, looking at the use of senpō, positioning, and targeting. Finally we concluded with Raikō no Ken from Togakure Ryū Biken, examining the six cuts, and the kata’s use as a training drill and applications.
“A dōjō is like a pool. You start with getting people who can’t swim to swim.” – Hatsumi Sensei