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Hanbo, hanbo and more hanbo

September 1, 2011

By now I’ve taught three sessions of hanbo.

And other than a few variations here and there we stayed mainly on the hanbo versions of

  1. Omote Gyaku
  2. Ura Gyaku
  3. Onikudaki
  4. Ganseki Nage

I actually enjoyed that, just giving people time to really let the technique sink into their minds. “Keep your arm up”, “put your foot there”, “step only after you’ve taken the balance”, little reminders during the session help people get the hang of the movements sooner rather than later.

And as for me, I was doing them correctly even though Justyn hasn’t taught me hanbo for years. It’s all supposed to be the same, right? The Bujinkan is supposed to be a systems-based art, so working on one part of the system is supposed to help you get better at the rest.

Of course, there’s a huge difference knowing you’re supposed to be able to do it, and discovering to your own pleasant surprise that you CAN do it!

How long will I teach hanbo? Maybe for as long as it takes for the techniques to become second nature. Knowing what I know now, I realize how much of the gyaku waza details carry over to hanbo immediately. Very little adjustment necessary. And that is why I still stick to Justyn’s version of the basics even though I have been exposed to other versions by now. I know from experience his version is more universal, and carry over to weapons work much more easily!


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