Playing off the fencer’s lunge, we have moved back to jodan tsuki with the emphasis on the role of the attacker – using the straight blast effectively. An explosive attack is a pre-requisite to honest training. Repetition – correct form repeated until the attack is both accurate and powerful is our homework. Most […]Read more "JODAN TSUKI to USHIRO RYOTEDORI"
Saturday we were able to do a private seminar on the use of the point with Master Foiler Vincent Camillo at Northwest Fencing Center. The use of the point – the straight thrust is a critical skill to add to one’s arsenal and foil is a great introduction. The limitation of the torso as a […]Read more "FOIL – THE USE OF THE POINT"
We have been exploring ryotedori as an indexing concept – using examples from the repertoire of techniques to extract principles As an additional concept I related nage’s use of shyuto to the 5 basic knife retention methods. Linking the two concepts: remember that the first knife retention technique shows the grasped knife hand rolling at […]Read more "RYOTEDORI 4"
Indexing. Conceptually indexing is a way to quickly act based on a limited amount of tactile information. In the ryotedori series it is easier to understand – the indexing almost can be seen as a logic-gate: if this, then that game. A broader tool to keep in your conceptual tool chest are prayer hands. By […]Read more "PRAYER ENTRY"
More ryotedori. First some tricks. If uke should try to exert a strong control by locking down on your wrists, remember to simply clap your hands quickly – then execute your technique. Remember – the closer your hands to your center the more power you have. Another trick is to recall that the weakest […]Read more "RYOTEDORI 3"
The real target always was, has been, and will be on the mind of the opponent. And so now we get to the crux of the matter – how do we control the mind of another? Leading the spirit, capturing ki, are just poor descriptors for what is now better labeled psychological operations (psyops)* or […]Read more "MENTAL COMBAT"
In ryotedori we explored the double hand grab as an indexing lesson. Ryotedori tenshinage is a double-inside hand positioning with nage remaining on the inside line – facing the opponent in front. The other body relationship is to zone out – which can be done with either a half or a full tenkan. This is […]Read more "RYOTEDORI 2"