2011 – summary

30Jan11 – Kihon Happō – Long Eaton

Last training Sunday at the dojo in Long Eaton.

We studied Bujinkan Kihon Happō – all eight in their basic forms.
Using examples of waza from several of the bujinkan schools we saw how these basic forms are embedded into the waza and the different ways the same basic principle from a kihon happō technique is applied or adapted.

06Aug11 – Jūtaijutsu & Kodachi Workshop – Bridgwater

This was a workshop as opposed to a seminar – the purpose being to study and practices ome specific ideas and movements to be able to take these away and practice further.

We looked at techniques of Jūtaijutsu and Kodachi.
• Beginning with an introductory look at the kodachi/wakizashi/shotō and its development through history.
• Wearing and drawing methods of the kodachi.
• Kihon happō using the kodachi.
• Kukishin ryū Kodachijutsu kamae.
• Kukishin ryū kodachijutsu kata – omote and ura waza – against katana and kodachi.
• Shinden fudō ryū jūtaijutsu – initial techniques of the shoden gata

21Aug11 – Richmond Park – SFR Jūtaijutsu

A fortunately sunny day to train hidden away in Richmond Park, under the trees with soft dirt and leaf litter to land on – and act as impromptu metsubishi.

Firstly we looked at various nage waza, throwing techniques, part of the Chi ryaku no maki, and variations on these. An important part of the nage waza is the set up of uke’s posture and tori’s to allow the throw to be performed, and understanding these techniques and their subtle variations as both parties are in motion:

• Seoi nage – shoulder throw
• Koshi nage – hip throw
• Gansaki nage – big rock throw
• Gyaku zeoi nage – reverse shoulder throw
• Ōsoto gake – big outside hook/trap
• Ōsoto gari – big outsie reap/sweep

Following this we studied the basic forms of the chūden gata, the middle level, of the Shinden fudō ryū jūtaijutsu (as opposed to the dakentaijutsu school which Hatsumi is Soke). The middle level has 11 techniques to deal with a grappling situation – we looked at the basic forms:

• Fūsetsu – snow storm
• Tama Otoshi – spirit drop
• Ugo – after the rain
• Midari Dori – obscene capture
• Tsuki no Wa – full moon
• Kochō Dori – butterfly capture
• Kasa Harai – bamboo hat sweep
• Kaku Sei – crane voice
• Kasumi Gake – mist hook
• Ryō Yoku – both wings
• Utsushi Dori – mimic a bird

16Nov11 – Central London Dojo – Kukishin Dakentaijutsu Chūden Gata

Duncan Olby kindly asked me to take this class while he is off on his travels.

The plan was to look at dakentaijutsu techniques from the Kukishin Ryū, with the second session building on the ideas from the first.

A few interesting points can be realised through the practice of these techniques. Firstly by practicing the full form (tsuki, tsuki, keri, keri, tsuki etc…) we can see how uke is being steadily broken down and unbalanced through the various ways tori receives the attacks thereby allowing the final part of the technique to be applied more naturally. Tori is also helping to direct uke’s attacks by creating his/her own openings and manipulating the available options for uke. Before reaching the final part of the sequence we can see how a change from receiving/guiding the attacking limb to a solid striking block can finish the form early. Finally we can see how several of the forms have a ‘partner’ giving an omote and ura. Within a single form there are the opportunities to alter between the omote and ura application.

The Chūden Gata techniques studied:
Uranami – inlet waves
Tenchi – heaven-earth
Katanami – directional wave
Shio Kaze – salt wind
Yama Arashi – mountain storm
Yanagi Kaze (Ryu Fu) – willow wind
Tatsunami – dragon wave
Ko-o (Tora-o) – tiger tail

23Nov11 – Central London Dojo – Kukishin Dakentaijutsu Sabaki Gata

Part 2

The Sabaki Gata techniques studied:
Arakoma – wild horse
Kasoku – deer leg
Chikusei – bamboo voice
Yume Makura – dream pillow
Suso Sabaki – dealing with the hem
Iso Gaeshi – beach return
Kaze Harai – wind sweep
Kuruma Dori – wheel capture

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