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Class Notes – Miscellanous

August 23, 2013

It’s been rather difficult to put up some of the stuff we have done in class, so I haven’t really tried. However, some thoughts have come up.

First, Re-hab.

The junan taiso listed in your student’s handbook are not just class warm-ups. They help rehab our bodies into moving better. We tend to carry a lot of excess tension in our bodies. Sometimes we are injured because we have neglected certain parts of our bodies, and so they are weaker and more prone to getting hurt. The junan taiso help re-align our bodies so that we can better learn correct movement.

What I see is that most people let their spine grow stiff and rigid over the years. That is why I tend to work more on spine mobility in class warm-up. I for one am not that keen on stretching and all that. I’d rather do fitness or train technique. But I know if I neglect all that my body will suffer for it. So I just grit my teeth and stretch. Oww… 🙂

Second, Conditioning

Though not in the junan taiso, I have found hindu push-ups extremely helpful in many ways. Besides keeping the spine limber and building upper body strength, they also help us build the habit of moving our hips first into a movement. Even if you leave out the push-up you will still get a lot of benefit from this exercise. It will help you get strong enough for basic taijutsu.

One reason many people don’t get their kamae correct is because their bodies aren’t ready for it. If a person isn’t already fit and have a certain degree of flexibility it is very hard to get the details down pat. One of the things I strive to do is to gradually build people up to the point they have enough strength to get the kamae right. But you have to do your part of course. If you aren’t that strong, then do make it a point to train your legs a few times a week at least.

(stand in ichimonji no kamae 5 minutes on each side, you’ve have enough strength soon enough!)

Third, Hon Gyaku

This is kinda came out in class. Here are a couple of demos:

This teacher splits the whole thing up into two major movements. I don’t understand why. I might meet him when I go Japan, so I’ll ask him…

This one is done without controlling the elbow. Can it work? Yes, but I just feel safer using a hand to control the elbow.  It cuts down on the possible things the opponent can try, and makes my life simpler.

These guys like to do their techniques hard. Does it work? I am not sure. I think the lock isn’t applied fully, otherwise when you drop down to the ground holding the opponent’s hand and elbow it should just snap straight away. *shrug*


Of course I don’t know everything. So I will continue to refine and add to my understanding of the above topics. But anyway, this is a snapshot of what I know at this point of time. Hope it gives you something to explore in the future!


俊傑 (Shunketsu)


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