last night we got to train at the karate dojo where Simon's brother and father teach/train. that meant we finished our techniques more than usual. anyway, key learnings for the evening:-
- morotedori attack, almost nikkyo-like response, but focus on palm-intent through uke, whilst elbow-intent going under uke, i.e. to feet, and then through.
- morotedori attack, kokyu/seoi nage. leave contact point fairly stationary, not retreating nor forward. body and elbow enters, then spiral from qua, before takedown.
- ryokatadori attack, general intent still in/through uke, i.e. using eyes, and lead hand foward--whilst pivoting body inwards, but not completely perpendicular. Slight step in, then pivot back toward uke, spiralling from qua, out through arms and then uke.
- Remember to continuously send intent forward, even when seemingly moving shoulders back during pivot!
- When stepping forward, and sending power through uke, do not go directly against power using upper body--use spiralling power from the qua, but also mostly via elbow directed intent.
- tenchinage from ryotedori. start with pull silk etc etc as usual. when doing initial absorbing of force, don't forget to use the lower arm/elbow to enter too (via intent) while seemingly pivoting backwards. finish by unbowing both arms, not pushing forward.
- aiki-age type feeling for uke; raising their shoulders. don't try to lift them on yourself!
- focus more on sending elbow-intent below uke, rather than lifting them up.
- if stuck, i.e. uke comes on top, then using elbow intent forward and through whilst spiralling, which means it goes different direction rather than typical tenchinage up/down finish.