Class Record: 1st class of 2008 – tehodoki + keri waza + tanto

January 4, 2008

Hatsu Geiko / Kagami biraki – first training of the year.
 Cnoc Bhréannain, Dingle penninsula, chirtsmas day 2007

Class: Thursday 3rd Jan

Some of the Togakure Ryu Taijutsu involves escaping from grabs so we did some basics of this – tehodoki. We looked at angling, timing, and dis-engagment. As usual our footwork becomes very important here with an emphasis on small steps.

Various ways of kicking came into effect as well. Shidoshi Alan Butler had some ideas on balanced kicking  – essentialy maintaining zanshin through movement in order to counter and be adaptable. I find that kicking is very like throwing –  best done when the opponent is already off balance, which is achieveable in many ways through our footwork, strikes, angling, timing etc. Our kicks should aslo be like our punches.. not necessarily about pain or percussion but effecting structure. In that way we can see that powerful kicks to punchbags and the liek probably aren’t as worth doing as tactical, drills through movement and positioning.

After tea we had a look at coping with sudden knife attacks and how to control the space uke needs to wield the weapon. It’s understood that cut’s are extremely likely to occur so our techniques need to be quick and decisive with minimal “sparring” and a hightened degree of awareness of the consequences of using the knife.

This was the first training of the year so we were all asked to resolve ourselves to dedicated training this year. There were a few senior students  graded last night and recently so congratulations to them too. A great start to the year!

– Ali Martinez


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