10th May 2022

Started off with rolls. Then it was getting used to moving while striking with the hanbo. The old hand foot and eye combination, never fails to trip someone up. After that we did some simple scenarios, Attempted grab, evasion and drop back into seiganUsing the hanbo to do a wrist control (ura gyaku) from aContinue reading “10th May 2022”

3rd May 2022

Hanbo introGetting a feel for how it moves.Timing with the feet and keeping the shoulders relaxed.Two handed horizontal arc strikes working through the 8 angles, forward, back, sides and 45°s (no jumps or ducking tonight).Led on to working with the large shield to feel the impact (and the bounce back!) of a simulated gut strike.Continue reading “3rd May 2022”

Balance and posture

Had a bit of fun with a game of rolling tag for a warm up. Followed by some light grappling practice to work on posture and balance. After that it was introduction to Osoto Gari, again really focusing on the need for good posture and how to mess with theirs.Kamaes were Ichmonji, Hoko & DokoIntroducedContinue reading “Balance and posture”

Restart…. Again

We will restart on 1st February 🙂 While it’s under the red traffic light we’ll need to keep in as non contact as possible. We will be working through the Ten Chi Jin as the main focus and some sword over the term.

How slow can you go?

Tonight’s exercise, how slow could I do bo staff spins without losing my balance and trying to keep my posture low and fluid, surprisingly hard as I’d find myself automatically speeding up. Then it was picking apart Goho and Ura Goho with the same plan as with the spins, also easier said than done. 2Continue reading “How slow can you go?”

Restarting after lockdown

We are back in this Tuesday! It will be non contact, masks on the whole time and we all need to be fully vaccinated. On the bright side the best way to work on distance is with a 6 foot staff (rokushaku bo) mixed in with sanshin kata working on fluid motion and balance.

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