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Class Notes – Holiday Hanbo!

June 5, 2013

For this session, we took the footwork and movements we worked on the last time (1st May session) and now applied them to Koshi Ori and Tsuki Iri.

Here is a video of Koshi Ori

And here is a video of Tsuki Iri.

As none of you have attended previous hanbo training before, I’d like you to notice that these two techniques are essentially the same: move offline (while striking the lower ribs), grab the punching wrist while doing an inward scoop with the hand/arm holding the hanbo, push-pull simultaneously to put the lock on, step offline the other way to bring opponent down.

These two are essentially the stick versions of Omote Gyaku and Ura Gyaku, two techniques from the Kihon Happo (page 19 of your notes). When done with the stick, we get leverage and distance (reach), so instead of doing triangular stepping, we can step following a V-shape. That, by the way, is not shown in the two above video examples, so you are going to have to make sure you remember how we did things in class!

So if we just stop and think for a moment, here are the possibilities –

1) Opponent punches with the right arm – we move offline to our right, Koshi Ori
2) Opponent punches with the right arm – we move offline to our left, Tsuki Iri
3) Opponent punches with the left arm – we move offline to our right, Tsuki Iri on the other side
4) Opponent punches with the left arm – we move offline to our left, Koshi Ori on the other side

If we want to get proficient at all these, that is a lot to practice!


This gradually dawned on me over the past couple of lessons – a weapon is a commitment. It shows a commitment to damage an opponent severely (hopefully for good reasons), and should therefore be wielded with commitment. For example, if you are not fully committed when using the kusari fundo, you can end up injuring yourself even during solo practice. So if you are doing figure-8s with it, for example, be definite. Either swing it clearly to one side of your body or the other. If you waver half-way you can hit yourself, which can injure AND embarrass you severely.

Likewise with the hanbo. In the videos, after the technique the wielder draws the stick back totally, poised and ready to strike. In class we also tried getting some ground control, trapping the receiver on the ground. Both are safer for your training partner than if you were to waver halfway, unsure of which to do. Are you going to pull back or capture & control? For the sake of safety, don’t hesitate. Do one or the other!

Ok, that is about it for this post. Remember, we are trying out a new location this couple of weeks. Contact me if you need directions. See you at class!


俊傑 (Shunketsu)

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