Monday, 16 May 2016

Oita Prefecture Seminar with Hashiguchi Yuji Sensei

On the weekend I attended Hachiuchi Yuji Sensei’s Seminar—hosted by the JKA Hiji branch—here in Oita Prefecture. The seminar, like Hashiguchi’s classes, was packed with technical details; furthermore, kata applications were also methodically covered.
Photo courtesy of Nishi Fuyuhiko - Kuro Obi World: https://www.facebook.com/kuroobiworld/
Kihon included that required for the first few JKA exams, where Sonoba-Kihon is tested. From there, we moved on to correct koshi-no-kaiten practice with partners, followed by the Ido-Kihon for the current Shodan and Nidan examinations. Key points for each renzokuwaza were, as always, expertly explained and demonstrated by Hachiguchi Sensei; furthermore, Hashiguchi Sensei invited questions throughout the course, which really helped everyone. Special focus was placed on ukewaza; in particular, shuto chudan uke, jodan age-uke, and the wind ups for chudan soto-uke and chudan uchi-uke: ukewaza was a theme that continued across the five hours of  practice.



Kata covered in depth included Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan and Kanku Dai.



Kumite included ukewaza directly from jiyu kamae utilising hip action, and defensive techniques from Kanku Dai. As mentioned above, kata applications were very well covered. These included movements 4 and 7 of Heian Shodan; movements 1-3/4-6 in Heian Nidan; movements 1-3/3-6, 9, 10-12 and 19/20 in Heian Sandan; movements 3, 5-7, 11 and 25 of Heian Yondan; mizu nagare no kamae, movements 9-12, 15/16, and 21-23 of Heian Godan; movements 5-8, and nami-gaeshi of Tekki Shodan; and movements 3/4, 44 and 60/61 of Kanku Dai.



I also had the great pleasure of meeting Nishi Fuyuhiko San, the creator of Kuro-Obi World, who came to the Seminar. Nevertheless, rather than write about this here, I’ll do so in a separate post following this one.

Photo courtesy of Nishi Fuyuhiko - Kuro Obi World: https://www.facebook.com/kuroobiworld/

Overall, to wrap up about the seminar, it was a great day of learning and camaraderie with JKA Oita Prefecture Instructors and members. A special thanks to Hashiguchi Yuji Sensei for his excellent training, Mori Sensei (Chief Instructor of Oita), Maeda Sensei for her great organisation, the hosts Watanabe Hirohide Sensei and Kaori Watanabe Sensei (JKA Hiji Branch). どうもありがとうございました,   アンドレ.



© André Bertel. Oita, Japan (2016).

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