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Sunday, 22 March 2015
Private lesson for Higo Tyler San
Tyler San visited Aso-shi and had a private lesson. Higo San is a
student of Nakamura Shihan at the Shototakuhirokan (which operates as the
central branch of JKA in Kumamoto City). The following notes are primarily for
him as reference to the points we covered.
Generic focus of the private lesson: The focus of
the training was `division of energy in the fundamental techniques’ in order
“…to transcend speed and power plateaus and increase elasticity of movement”.
To do this, I focused on techniques and sequences from the two kata Higo San is
working on: namely, Jion and movements 1-25 of Kanku Dai. We also briefly went
over a non-syllabus kata focusing on the points applied in Jion and the first
25 movements of Kanku Dai: this was simply to reinforce the correct use (and
division of) chikara no kyojaku. In sum, the critical point was `junansei’.
In particular, the following
techniques/sequences were covered:
17 of Jion (chudan oi-zuki (chudan jun-zuki) and hip work with jodan age-uke
and chudan gyaku-zuki leading up to it: movements 12-16.
18-21 in Jion (migi sokumen jodan uchi-uke doji ni hidari sokumen gedan-barai
turning 270 degrees into migi kokutsu-dachi followed by migi chudan
kagi-zuki—via a rightward yori-ashi into kiba-dachi; then hidari sokumen jodan
uchi-uke doji migi sokumen gedan-barai—turning into hidari
kokutsu-dachi—followed by hidari chudan kagi-zuki coordinated with a leftward
yori-ashi to move into kiba-dachi). ·Movements
22 and 42 in Jion (hidari gedan-barai transitioning into hidari zenkutsu-dachi
26-29 in Jion (migi sokumen jodan uchi-uke doji ni hidari sokumen gedan-barai
turning 270 degrees into migi kokutsu-dachi followed by hidari sokumen jodan
morote-uke—while moving the right foot to the left and forming heisoku-dachi;
then hidari sokumen jodan uchi-uke doji migi sokumen gedan-barai—turning into
hidari kokutsu-dachi—followed by migi sokumen jodan morote-uke bring the left
foot to the right and, once again, forming heisoku-dachi).
mentioned before, the opening of Kanku-Dai up to movement 25 (saken gedan, uken
migi koshi pulling back the lead leg from hidari-ashi-zenkutsu into
emphasis on movements 16 and 21 of Kanku Dai (in particular, the first two migi
shuto jodan sotomawashi-uchi doji ni sasho jodan-uke moving into
hidari-ashi-zenkutsu with gyaku-hanmi).
also emphasized fundamental turning in relation to the winding up of ukewaza.
Again, this was related back to the utilisation of natural energy and,
ultimately, the fine tuning of te-ashi onaji.
Needless to say, other techniques and applications were covered (and ‘physically clarified’ in depth); nevertheless, these are for
Higo San for having the spirit to come and train. Higo San, thank you for your friendship through Karate-Do. I wish you—and your
lovely family—the utmost best in the future! Of course, you are always most welcome at my private dojo again in the future. Osu, Andre.