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Class Record: Ukemi Waza + Syllabus Ryuha Gata + Kenjutsu Kihon

September 23, 2008

Class: Monday 22nd Sept

As a warmup we looked at Kihon Happo but added counters using ukemi. All along the strategy of using three points of contact allowed us to control uke easier. We also saw the use of various finger strikes.

We then continued looking at the syllabus with a practice of the ryuha kata that can be found in the syllabus in 4th and 3rd kyu. These are various Koto and Shinden Fudo Ryu Kata that give us movement strategies against strikes. We used Soke’s new book as a guide as well as our collective knowledge from training. The Koto Ryu kata had some interesting timing and angling aspects while the Shinden Fudo Ryu Kata set up some nifty gyaku waza.

To warm down we did Reiko no Kata form Togakure Ryu Bikenjutsu. This is found in the syllabus and was thought to a few of us in Japan in the past.

Thought provoker: Is it useful to train in sword kihon with left over right hand grip?

 – Ali Martinez

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