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Class Notes – Onikudaki

December 10, 2011

We did onikudaki for this week and last week’s Tuesday session.

Sometimes it takes more time for a technique to sink in. I went through my usual onikudaki syllabus last week, but it didn’t seem to work as well as usual. We isolated the

  • footwork
  • hand movement
  • body movement

… but sometimes it’s hard for the body to grasp the idea of doing it all the same way.  So I went through it all again this week.  Last week we looked at onikudaki with a few variations; from seiza no kamae, with the wall, against  omote shuto/knife slash to throat and all that. This week we worked on the different elements (mentioned above) as well as practiced it against a cross punch.

One important thing to note (which I cannot remember if I mentioned during the lesson) is that people don’t punch or grab and then leave their arms out straight. They don’t lock their elbows out there forever either. Sooner or later they will pull the arm back so that they can punch with the other arm. That pulling back action (with the elbow bending in) is the opening we can use for onikudaki, in fact it is the most realistic situation.

Of course that doesn’t mean that we just stand there with our arms down in the onikudaki position, waiting for the opponent to bend his arm. In the meantime all kinds of nasty things can be happening to us. It does mean, however, that we don’t have to force the onikudaki to work. During lessons, the henka (variations) teach our bodies to recognise the most appropriate techniques for the exact moment. And if the moment isn’t right, we need to move on to other options.

Going to post more notes soon…

Junjie
俊傑 (Shunketsu)
Singapore

 

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