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Re: Kuten
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I can`t tell, if these were really used in actual combat situations, but BBT is not the only japanese martial art teaching those.

And I have seen it performed in armor as well. Of course being able to do this in a given technique (as demonstration) and being able to do it as a sudden reaction are quite different things.

Maybe it's main purpose lies in body conditioning ...

When it comes to cartwheels - they might outside of combat situations be quite useful, since you have less contact with the ground. In a fight I don't know, but most people have this instinct to reach out with the hands when they fall. And I would state, that a cartwheel is not so difficult to learn and to use.

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Re: Takamatsu's successor
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If you want to research, then you'd question your sources and name them. Everybody can tell you that he heard - but on which grounds?

Unless your friend was a witness back then, he must have got his information somewhere. I think as researcher, you should first search out those sources and name them, if you want others to discuss/evaluate them.

You are right that there are no forbidden questions, but it is a lack of respect to carry gossip around the world without a proper survey. Moreover, it's not clarifying at all, since it produces responses of what people think, not what they know.

One fact is, that Hatsumi ownes extensive documentation hand-written by Takamatsu, which are not part of the historical transmission - letters, notebooks, drawings and so on - but contain technical explenations in great detail. So if you think that Takamatsu favoured somebody else, one can safely assume, that this someone else has similar material. Where is it?

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Re: Kihon Happo
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Hi,

a lot has already been mentioned and I want to emphasize one point. Don't try to make the lock work with your upper body. For beginners a rule of thumb is, when you want to do anything, move your feet. And by moving I mean moving in a way, that changes the location of your core geographical. In the beginning strictly synchron. This will lead to training in a dead form style, but it's an very important step to understand distance and angle.

I think one should worry about that first. Later on one can think about timing, but distance and angle comes first. Try to move your body with your feet and not your opponents hand with your arms.

As to ukes role. Unlike stated before my experience is, that especially beginners have a strong tendency to resist and trying to be clever. This is sad for tori, since his opponent has the advantage of knowing what will happen and therefor reacts accordingly. Mostly not suprisingly fast but well before anything happens at all. This is a process. Try to let your uke understand that you two are not fighting, but studying.

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Re: Tanren Uchi
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I used to do it each training session for some 8-10 minutes using a tatami standing against a wall.

For Kenjutsu we use trees, but here we do it really slow. Just slowly moving the bokken against the tree, trying to hold a correct angle. Once at the tree I focus on pushing out of the legs without simply leaning against the tree.

I consider this a very important part of training, several martial arts do not train this - in my surrounding especially Karate-groups - and you can literally see, that they never hit anything else than air.

I think a post with rope is not optimal, this leads easily to ripped skin. Also make sure to stress the importance of the right distance by immovable objects, else you'll put a lot of stress on the joints.

Posted on: 2012/3/25 21:32
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Re: Hanbo-Jutsu
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Thanks, when is the Hanbo and Shikome Zue Video recorded? The description states that these are older recordings now on DVD. I wonder if there are Daimyosai-DVDs in which Hanbo is trained to some extend?

@Toruko-jin is that the same DVD you were talking about?

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Hi,

are there any Daikomyosai or other DVDs where training with Hanbo played a major role?

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Training Theme 2012
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Hi everybody,

has there already been announced a theme for 2012? So far I found only thin hints ...

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Re: Intensive Rolling
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Just as information, I held a small evaluation and it seems, that those staying at training appreciate the toughness of our ukemi training pretty much, since improvements in aerobic capacity and weight loss are quite measureable.

So I conclude that I'm forced to divide training into levels, which I did not want to. I liked the idea of real group training.

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Re: Intensive Rolling
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Hi there,

actually it's quite easy: Problems occur with beginners if they exercise rolling for some repetitions. With 'advanced' I mean mixtures of rolling, breakfalling, jumping, callisthenics and the like.

Kamae to Kamae? No I don't do that much. For that I use just Shizen und mae kaiten. Like stand in Shizen, do a roll, get up to shizen again (in place), roll again and so forth ... This is quite demanding if you do some 10-15 repetitions

I don't exactly use Feldenkrais methods, however I used movement awareness exercises prior to rolling for beginners with strong emphasize on balance. However, lately I skipped those, since they took up a lot of time and are more enlightening for students with basic understanding of kaiten.

So for now I start with gymnastic rolls as a base, knowing that everybody has done at least a few of those in school. From there I work gradually on developing more "our way of doing it". Aiming at reaching a complete zenpo and ushiro kaiten from a squatting position already in the first class. The routine takes about 30-50 minutes, but I explain quite a lot in between.

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Re: Intensive Rolling
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I have to agree, the topic is rather specific and yes breathing is important for ukemi. However, I don't want to discuss how people walk, breath or live in general and what "most martial arts" do in their systems. Nor do I want to discuss any reputation of people I don't even know - I think the soapbox forum is appropriate for this. So please stick to the topic.

Actually, last time I restricted rolling to evasion from techniques. No dizziness nor exhaustion was to be seen. So I'll summarize a few points.

  • Basics of Ukemi must be understood

  • Physical fitness of students must be appropriate

  • Extra-fitness training ist recommended for this, but it can take a while

  • It's maybe best to limit training time spent on ukemi at the beginning

  • Darren recommended a very linear progress with a quite soft start, which I do. However it seems, that I have to lower this a little

  • This trick with the hand before the eyes might be helpful, I have to run it for a while to see how it works in the long run

  • apart from that no specific exercises have been recommended, but we all agree that breathing and relaxation is extremely important (which is no surprise ).

  • That last point might be very important: I've observed often that beginners have troubles with breathing and relaxation, sometimes because of fear (hitting the ground, etc.), but mostly because they can't concentrate and relax. So complex exercises tend to drain heavy on their energy since they have to think a lot. Ukemi are for many beginners very complex, because most haven't done any kind of movement like this before, so they have to think a lot. Moreover you are forced to use the whole body and can't stop in the middle.

    Therefore - and because of the fear of hitting the ground - they are contracting their muscles much more, often and stronger than necessary, wasting a lot of energy adding to a truly full-body movement accelerated by an non-controllable force (gravity), tumbling their orientation senses. Which in turn leads to that breath-holding by which oxygen-supply is shortened. I might have an idea - but I can't grab it right now ...

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