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waza and kata to do by myself?
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Hi all,
I was wondering if any of you had any ideas of waza or kata that I could do on my own?
I am still a beginner, I have trouble with correct footwork and the whole small movements. I also wanted to know if anyone has read Gyokko Ryu Densho by Carlsten Kuhn and whether it is a good resource I am thinking of buying it?

The books that I have are hard to read at the moment because I need to understand the basics more and the books that I have include Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai and Way of the Ninja.
Also wondered if you know any websites that show waza or kata movements in pictures and explain each kamae?

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To begin with Gogyô no kata (Sanshin no kata) and the Daken part of Kihon Happô (Kosshi Kihon Sanpô; Ichimonji, Hichô and Jûmonji).

I feel there's no need to feel a rush to learn. Take it easy with the teacher you are studying, the teacher will help you learn as you need.

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Just find a good teacher

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Dear Joshua,

There is indeed plenty of things you can practise at home. However, ask your teacher first to show you these moves and to give some advice. No use repeating moves in your backyard if you do them wrong. My advice to you is to do stretching and other flexibility exercises as well as stregthening exercises at home. Add to that ukemi, basic strikes and blocks. This should be sufficient for awhile. To improve your overall body movement. Get a bokken and ask your teacher to show you basic cuts and basic draws (incuding footwork). You will find them to be remarkably like the strikes and blocks done emty handed

Gambatte! / Skuggvarg

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I totally agree with Skuggvarg. Add in basic Bo to it, and you have all you need, it also good for helping you train both sides.
In fact these are the most important things you can train in.

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The wonderful thing about this art is that you will spend as much time 'un-learning' as you spend 'learning' (and this will still be the case in 10 or 20 years), so whatever you do, as long as it is as close as possible to what you are learning in actual lessons as you are able to reproduce, should help to keep you going.

Also, unless you are already a tough cookie/biscuit, you may want to think about what else may need to be supplemented to instill some measured confidence (in dealing with difficult real life situations) and regular reality checks so that you can use what you learn when you need it without going to jelly, because these aspects will not necessarily form part of your normal classes.

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I'd like to re-emphasize ukemi, ukemi, ukemi.

Your ukemi can never be good enough.

I have been doing various forms of ukemi since 1995 and I still feel like I am not good enough at it.

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I would agree with all of the above posts.

Finding a good teacher is extremely important. There are so many subtleties in this art that you will never get from a video or a book.

In leu of that, practice the sanshin, koshi sanpo, and ukemi. I've been practicing these movements for over 20 years and I can not begin to emphasize how much I still get out of them every time I practice.

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Find a reputable teacher...

But if that is impossible, study any version of the first 2 kata from Gyokko'-Ryu', (1) Koku and (2) Renyo'... Master them as best you can, and you will be ahead of most of us that study the multitude of techniques that exist... then add a weapon and repeat!!!

Good luck and Keep Going (with it)!!!

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Good idea!Good luck and Keep Going!!!

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