Class Record: Kubi Wa No Kata

April 24, 2007

Monday April 23rd

This was an in-depth look at this kata from Kukishin Ryu Dakentaijutsu. Attention was paid to using the attackers momentum as a chance to enter in and break the kamae. Various strikes gave us a chance to also use the attackers natural reactions to create further ways of upsetting their posture with different gyaku waza that appeared. Alex talked about this idea of everyone having kamae all the time, from shop-keepers to martial-artists and how we should be aware of this in our training. We stuck with these ideas through most of the class utilising various kicks and strikes.

I was asked to show something and I applied a Tachi Nagare standing flowing drop to an attacker who’s kamae was broken in another way, but also from the Shoden Gata of Kukishin Ryu. I was able to use their falling momentum to ride up on them keeping control of their structure via pressure of various limbs along the way.

– by Ali Martinez


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