Class Record: Ukemi + Gyokko Ryu Kosshi Jutsu + Hon Gyaku

June 13, 2008

Class: Thursday 12th

Our ukemi practice involved scrutinising our hip flexibility with variations of forward rolling. I was asked to show a tecnique so picked “gyakuryu” from the shoden level of Gyokko Ryu Koshi Jutsu. We found that this technique worked best with dynamic footwork rather than by a step-by-step run  through of the technique. Variations involved short sword and a close look at hon gyaku for the rest of the class. This is often confused with “ura gyaku” and over the years the difference has been more fully explained from various authoritive sources in Japan.

Thought provoker: Do you train with all levels in the dojo? Do you train with the same uke’s all the time? Why?

– Ali Martinez


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