Today in Jerusalem dojo, controlling distance in traditional kata - 4.3.2012

Over the last year I have been dismantling the Tai sabaki from the Takamatzu den katas in order to teach it more clearly. This process went hand in hand with training with the other elements of the kata. Now, when some ideas are not only clearer but were integrated into our randori, it's time to rework the kata and reap the benefits of better technique and timing. We are starting with Koto ryu because it is a linear and, at the lower levels, easier to learn. Two kata from last week: Katamaki and Kako are going to be the focus of today's session.

Video of a basic backward tai sabaki using a cross step

Jerusalem Ninjutsu - AKBAN