Last week we continued with our aruki drills. Though we will be honing these skills for years to come, we will be starting to explore full step with body turning through two simple kata from the basic level in Koto ryu.
Video tutorial of basic stepping forward while punching with the aruki step
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
Nir Lin (Niradin, facebook), one of the foremost authorities of Chi gong and Yoga, shows how not to turn into the modern version of Lot’s wife using the mechanism of the intermediate level of Niradin chigong. Special emphasys is on smooth breathing cycle on times of distress.
To misquote my teacher, Nir: “Always Look back, but exhale the past”.