We trained at St Peter's today. It felt strange, having been at the Scout Hut for many years. However it's a much larger hall and there are no worries about ceiling height! We worked on the Jo tsuburi movements for an hour, then practiced shiho nage, working from IBF standard into variations, such as the Abbe version shown below. We also practiced taking an 'over the top' ukemi from shiho nage. I was pleased to see that everyone was confident enough to have a go.
Due to problems with parking at the Scout Hut we have now moved from Babbacombe and are training one more night at All Saints Church Hall and also at St Peter's Centre.
Working with Jo and Bokken today. First the 20 Jo Tsuburi which are the fundamental movements within the jo kata. Working on each movement helps to refine one's technique and will improve kata performance. Bokken disarms are a good discipline; first you must step in, avoiding the strike; next you must unbalance uke and control the bokken, who has a firm grip on the bokken, before executing the technique. Practicing jo and bokken can reveal aspect that can help your tai jutsu too.
Congratulations to Shane & Simon P, who have both recently been awarded the IBF Certificate of Competence for their 31 Count Jo Kata, joining John and Chris, who were the first to qualify. An IBF Certificate of Competence is awarded in an area that is additional to our syllabus and is based purely on merit and not on a members existing grade. We intend to introduce more certificates of competence to reflect the wider range of skills that members are learning. To see the 31 Count Kata, please see the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QTMENrk3G4
Students sometimes wonder about the relevance of studying traditional weapons techniques such as bokken (wooden sword) and jo (stick). Today we looked at how someone might attack with an ordinary garden tool, such as a spade. The similarity of a spade thrusting attack to a Jo tsuki, or a spade downward blow to a bokken yokumen uchi seemed obvious. It then becomes clear how we can adapt jo or bokken disarming techniques to attacks with implements such as spades.
Our self defence class looked at the application of strangles and chokes to control an aggressor. Students learned how to evade an opponent's strike, apply their own strike as a distraction, move behind an opponent, unbalance them and apply a choke/strangle.