JODAN TSUKI to USHIRO RYOTEDORI

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 […]

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FOIL – THE USE OF THE POINT

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 […]

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RYOTEDORI 4

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 […]

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PRAYER ENTRY

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 […]

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RYOTEDORI 3

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 […]

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MENTAL COMBAT

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 […]

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RYOTEDORI 2

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 […]

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