We share the last work done at the training seminar held on May 20 and 21 at the Yamato Dojo.
We understand budo as a whole, in the understanding that we have to learn from all martial arts, that is why our un-soku work has much in common with Aikido and Kendo (watch videos).
The seminar was based on Ko-go Kumite.
To do this, we study its definition and present a way of understanding and training these concepts.
Ko-go Kumite Definition:
Ko-go Kumite is a specific form of Kumite competition where competitors are designated as «Attacker» and «Defender» prior to the start of each match.
For a better understanding of Ko-go Kumite, we must study and understand the basic principles for a correct execution of this specific form of Kumite. To get to Jiyu-Kumite (Free Combat) it is necessary to first learn the form and then tactics and strategy in this way we will be giving our students all the necessary elements for a correct compression and better execution.
In the previous section, we talk about Renzoku-waza (chains of techniques), for this, we must practice and study Kata (from the most basic to the most advanced). There are all the combinations that we can use, from the simplest to the most complex.
Once we understand the term and form of Renzoku-waza, we return to the principles of training (posture, breathing, un-soku, etc.) and begin to study and train Go-no-sen and Sen-no-sen.
Un-soku: The work of un-soku (fluid slip of the feet) is the main basis of the techniques in Karate-do. If our movements are adequate and performed in a timely and correct way, we will achieve the fundamental objective of achieving the perfect blow, executed with our whole body and not only with the segment (arm or leg) as sometimes happens. For this, we have to know what are the movements of un-soku.
Shiho ashi sabaki
One of the most important concepts here is: Shiho ashi sabaki, whose translation is: game or foot movement in different directions: Mae: forward; Ato: back; Hidari: left; Migi: right; Naname Hidari – Migi: forward diagonal left – right; Naname Hidari Ato – Migi Ato: back diagonal left – right. The term «naname» means diagonal.
The movement consists of using body contraction – expansion using the soil. With the koshi (ball of the foot) of the delayed leg exerting pressure towards the ground and forward, the foot of the forward leg will advance at the same time maintaining the distance between both. At the moment of impact the feet always have to be in total contact with the ground.
Here the movement consists of repeating the same concept as for yori ashi, the difference lies in that we have to advance first with the foot of the most backward leg to where the foot of the forward leg is in a short and rapid movement from there Reuse the contraction and the floor to go forward. It is important that when we impact the soles of the feet, again they are in total contact with the floor, repeating in concept of yori ashi.
Naname Hidari – Migi:
The goal here is to execute yori ashi (*) or okuri ashi (*) in such a way that we have to be behind our attacker’s back. The movement must be «enveloping» so that we can «win the back» of our attacker using his energy to our advantage, so that our attack to the attack is strong and to achieve «todome – waza».
Naname Hidari Ato – Migi Ato:
The same concepts are fulfilled here as in the previous item. With the only difference that the movement runs diagonally backwards, to the left or right. We should always look for the possibility of being behind our attacker, which is one of the basic principles of self-defense. The option is to run yori ashi (*) or okuri ashi (*).
«It is very important in all previous concepts to avoid dragging the feet, I hope you understand the difference between sliding and dragging.»
Go-no-sen: it is the subsequent take of the initiative, which is not the same as counter-coupling. It is the most difficult training since the spontaneous reaction to an attack is to retreat and cover or block. It is important to develop «Enzan no metsuke» («to look at the mountain far away or see the mountain point as the green of the valley»), in this way we can see and intuit the attack to react accordingly. To achieve this, the attacker must execute different techniques in a slow way, to train the eye and the reaction in a suitable way, so that the attacker can improve his response, to react better and avoid the sensation of «guessing» which It will be the attack.
Sen-no-sen: it is to anticipate the attack of the opponent and to enter at the right moment to achieve the appropriate impact in the moment that my enemy is in the beginning of its attack. Also important here is the concept of «Enzan no metsuke», as expressed above, considering the timing as very important, as both contenders are being attacked almost at the same time.
In both points (go no sen and sen no sen), in addition to studying, training and understanding the points mentioned above, we must add the correct understanding and correct application of the different kiai:
Fuente: Kendo Basics : Kendo Footwork (Ashi Sabaki)
Fuente: Tai sabaki
5th Dan TKI