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Class Notes – Fu No Kata

August 4, 2011

Kata of the day: fu no kata from the sanshin no kata

1) basic form: I do it against a low tsuki, and do a low boshiken in response. That’s how I was taught it. 🙂

2) kuzushi – if the opponent is not properly kuzushi-ed by the gedan uke, he can punch you in the face as you move in for the low boshiken. So if you see your opponent still stable, enter with a high boshiken instead. You’ll fill the space and have him reacting to your movement, instead of you reacting to his.

Yes, he might be able to block your boshiken. But that’s fine. If you are stepping in, you can use your knee to push/nudge his knee to bring him down. If you shuffle in instead of stepping in, it brings you to the right distance to boshiken his hip/upper thigh with the same hand you used for the gedan uke earlier.

3) Hosoku – from Koto Ryu. The opponent comes in with two jodan tsuki. Block them with the usual offline-stepping, and after the second one rock forward to boshiken into the hip/upper thigh.

Done correctly, this will jam the third punch. The opponent may drop to the ground from this, but if heh doesn’t, his upper body will usually move forward. Meet his forward movement with a kikaku ken, as instructed in the waza.

4) Opponent does a low punch then steps in with a high punch. Gedan uke the first (with offline step, of course) then rock forward at the second while taking a hoko no kamae type of arm position.

Then you can either muso dori or o gyaku the first arm. This depends on his momentum for the second punch, if the opponent is more controlled a muso dori is better, if there is more momentum use o gyaku instead. Flow with what the opponent is doing.

5) High jab followed by a low punch – again we match the level of commitment and make a slight shift to evade. Because we still have room to move, we rock our weight to the back leg even more to allow the second punch to slip past. As we do that we push to the hip or back to send the opponent to the ground.

Personal Thoughts:

Again the class covered chi ryaku no maki type of material. Not really basic. But once again the ten ryaku students didn’t turn up, so I could just concentrate on the more intermediate level material.

Anyway, my class is small but good. I enjoy working through slightly more challenging material with the people who turn up. Next week I’ll be taking a break from taijutsu kihon and teaching kenjutsu instead. Let’s see how that goes!

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