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Class Notes – Hanbo Onikudaki

June 16, 2012

How many lessons have we had on hanbo by now? Quite a few, according to my records.

To sum it up, I have been working with my current group of students on

1. Ganseki Otoshi (parallel to the unarmed Ganseki Nage)

2. Onikudaki

3. Koshi Ori (parallel to the unarmed Omote Gyaku)

4. Tsuki Iri (parallel to the unarmed Ura Gyaku)

It looks quite slow, but I am glad at how the people have adapted to doing taijutsu with a stick. I’ve been holding extra lessons on Thursdays these few weeks, as the usual Thursday class isn’t on. On the most recent Thursday lesson, I had a 9th kyu student execute Ganseki Otoshi quite well straight away, without any need for trail runs or prompting along the way.

Proud sensei moment, right?

Here is what the onikudaki looks like with the stick. In my class, we do it without that final leg kick/sweep that is shown in this video.

During the days when Justyn was teaching me, we never spent so much time on hanbo before. It’s been 6 weeks of stick lessons and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end yet. I have become pretty much a hanbo addict, working out not only the techniques themselves but also ways to teach them such that the Uke gets to benefit more as well.

Usually, all the Uke gets to practice is the standard lunge punch. But sometimes, a faster way to improve in the lunge punch is to work on even bigger movements than that. I had the Ukes attack not with the usual punch but with the hanbo chi no kata strike or with the tsuki. The using of the stick magnifies their mistakes more, so they can notice and refine them (and hopefully eliminate them totally).

Anyway, the more I teach hanbo, the more I realize the depth and beauty of Hatsumi Soke’s hanbo syllabus. I have heard of people who attain kyu grades in hanbo-jutsu in the Genbukan (a rival organization). I used to think that was just being nitpicking and fussy, until I realized how much material there is (50 techniques in the syllabus, that’s about an entire ryu-ha’s worth) and how much detail there is to monitor in each technique.

So count me as a hanbo-fan then!

Junjie
俊傑 (Shunketsu)
Singapore

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