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Class Notes – Commitment

July 14, 2011

One thing about how we do our basics, especially the sanshin no kata, is that we are very committed in our movements.

For example, we use Shoshin no kamae (or similiar kamae, such as ichimonji or seigan), and that is a committed kamae. Our weight is on one leg, and that limits our mobility. That cuts down the number of options we have. Which means it’s harder for us to recover if things go wrong.

Commitment in our taijutsu is fine when we respond to committed attacks, such as the lunge punch. But if we are facing uncommitted attacks, such as boxing jabs, using committed taijutsu is a mistake. We need to match our level of commitment to that of our opponent’s attacks.

And that is what we worked on this lesson. An uncommitted ichimonji to a boxing jab doesn’t kuzushi the opponent at all, but it keeps us safe and allows to deal with his next, more committed attack, such as a straight cross or hook.

Just as in our previous lessons, we made sure we did not step forward until the opponent had been properly kuzushi-ed. The movement was still like a sui no kata, block followed by an omote shuto type of movement, but because we were dealing with uncommitted attacks this lesson, we practiced being uncommitted until after successful kuzushi.

It’s not really basic, beginner’s stuff, but the students who turned up this week were already 7th kyu or above. So that’s why I taught the usual sui no kata from this angle instead.

Anyway, I deliberately left out details and specifics from this post. Those who were there would be able to remember what we did. And if you are a teacher and your students have a decent grasp of the kihon, you might want to try this concept yourself in your lessons. Let me know how it goes, OK?

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