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Class Notes

June 30, 2011

This Tuesday’s class was quite different.

You see, I mentally classify my students into three levels, ten, chi and jin, according to ability. Those who are just starting do what’s in the Ten Ryaku No Maki, those who know their way around do Chi Ryaku and the good ones do Jin Ryaku. On Tuesday, the ten ryaku students didn’t turn up at all, so we just explored chi and jin level stuff.

1) Sakketsu

We started off with Ganseki Nage, and once we had refreshed the concept again with both the basic form and a scaffolding exercise (I’ll explain scaffolding as a teaching method some other time), we applied it to Sakketsu (殺締) (a Jin Ryaku technique from Gyokko Ryu). Why start with this one? Because it’s a response to a rear bear-hug attack, and no one really likes doing this one later when everyone is all sweaty!

Sakketsu also gives us the ability/habit of moving into a Ganseki Nage when we contact an opponent’s arm. It also trains us in moving to the right position for the throw from wherever we are.

2) Hibari

We then did Hibari (雲雀) (a Jin Ryaku technique from Shinden Fudo Ryu). Hibari involves dropping below an opponent’s attack and then coming up for an ura shuto and ganseki nage. Unusual movement is a common characteristic of lower-level Shinden Fudo Ryu techniques.

The key point we looked at for this one was how the downward movement created distance/safety. If we go down and back, we are unable to both move back in/up comfortably and safely to hit/throw the opponent. We also give the opponent enough time and distance to soccer-kick us away to the next postal district.

Not a smart idea…

3) Kōyoku

Finally we did Kōyoku (抗抒) (from Koto Ryu). In the notes I received from my sensei, this is applied against two punches. The key point for this, I believe, is not about the exact number of punches but when does the opponent move into the correct range. We can either block and then move into the correct distance for whatever technique we want to try next, or we can let the opponent close the distance for us and use ganseki nage only when the distance is right.

Offhand, I think moving into the correct range is harder because we have to kuzushi the opponent enough first before we can move in. So for this we let the opponent come in, use a fudo ken/shikan ken as the kuzushi, and then throw.

Final Point:

Ganseki Nage requires us to control and straighten or turn the opponent’s elbow upwards in order to work. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, (his elbow was down already or you messed up somehow) abandon ganseki nage and do osoto gake (a throw from the Chi Ryaku No Maki) instead.

The core movement of osoto gake is turning the opponent’s shoulders till he is facing nearly 90 degrees away from you, then gake the leg. It can be a big, dramatic movement that sends your opponent to the ground with you falling on top of him, or a firm foot stomp to the ground that drives his leg away, or even a sneaky knee nudge.

As long as you get these core movements in, you would have performed a Bujinkan style osoto gake. And that’s a pretty cool throw in my book! 🙂

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