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Class Record: Kukishin Gyaku Waza + Striking

September 25, 2007

Class: Monday 24th Sept

Starting off with dive rolls and cartwheels got the blood going on a chilly evening, paying special attention to striking particular points to effect balance and open opportunities to take joint twists, body throws, and locks. As always I tried to get people to be able to kick freely. Our work on the Kukishin ryu throughout the year so far emerged out of us naturally – things like drawing uke out, setting up throws through balance breaking, footwork etc.

We also played with the idea of taking wrist locks and adding extra gyaku action half-way through to prevent uke’s smooth escape by either throwing away the wrist or jerking it inwards at the right time. For fun we did some ukemi against strikes from behind!

– Ali Martinez

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