Class began with Torite Kihon Gohō, working on Tori’s form, then Aite’s ukemi and then undoing Aite’s ability to take effective ukemi. From here we moved onto the striking forms of Hajutsu Kyūhō, working verious iterations of keri kudaki and ken kudaki, before tying this information into Kokū.
While looking at Kokū we looked at proper attacking form for Aite, as well as the positioning and distancing of Tori, structure of each strike and timing of each movement to effectively demolish Aite.
For the kenjutsu segment we worked on the basic footwork of Happō Giri and Sayugyaku, before applying the third Sayugyaku pre-emptively to Aite, chasing down the opponent with each subsequent cut.
“When doing practice, fully appreciate the true meaning of the names of the techniques in the course of studying them deeply.This is not limited to Gyokko Ryū, it extends to all the Ryūha.” – Hatsumi Sensei