Ian started the class tonight drilling kaiten, and moved quickly onto some basic balance breaking movements to topple uke with correct positioning and minimal effort, the foundation of soke's art.
When Alex took over we continued our study of the Jou Ryaku no Maki (上略之巻) from Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu, practicing Ketsumyaku 締脈 (squeeze the pulse), revisiting a couple of Jime Waza (chokes) before we started.
We moved on from there with some henka modifying the hoshi/omote gyaku grip and footwork for the Seoi Nage part of the waza.
Congratulations to Judan Stiofán O'Conlon on his move to open a new Bujinkan Dojo in west Co. Dublin.
Photo copyright Argosy Magazine 1961.
Monday 23 October, 2017 - Class record
Yesterday we had a very busy day in the dojo. It was the last training of our beginners group and in the main class we had grading for Kyu graded students. Everyone who graded last night has passed. Big congratulations to everyone, your grades are well deserved and your effort does not go unnoticed.
Tonight we came to the last kata in the Torite Kihon Gata 捕手基本型 (hand capture foundation forms) section of the Kihon Happo: Ganseki Nage 巌石投, or Boulder Throw.
Some discussion was had referencing Muso Dori 武双捕 both warrior capture, which is sometimes used in the Kihon Happo depending on who is teaching it. This may stem from the fact that the descriptions of each of these waza is almost identical in the Shidoshi manual: Ten Chi Jin Ryaku no Maki. So we looked also at Muso Dori and let it evolve, from a more dynamic setup with a punch.
After the break the Kyusha studied their individual grading syllabi for the upcoming tests (October 23rd), while the dan grades helped out.