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Kyoto Kenshusei Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 03-11-2013 01:41 AM
京都 研修生

...blogging the 2013-14 class of the Yoshinkan kenshusei course in Kyoto, Japan...
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In General what is shakko ho? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #3 New 04-07-2013 03:30 AM
Reader "Belt_up" asks in a comment what shakko ho is. I was going to post a hyperlink for him to follow, but when I Googled "Yoshinkan shakko ho," I discovered there is almost no reference to this practice on the Internet. Neither can I find photos or video to explain.

So you know I'm not making something up, you can see "shakko ho" listed in the syllabus of this Yoshinkan dojo under the kihon.

what shakko ho is

Shakko ho is practice moving in a standing position in Yoshinkan aikido. (Shakko ho is opposed to shikko ho, which is moving in a seated position. Now, I know there are other styles of aikido doing shikko.) I am informed by a reliable source that the literal translation of shakko ho is "diagonal-go-method". However, when I look in the Jim Breen dictionary, I don't see anything like that. If the search results in Jim Breen have anything to do with the aikido technique, it means something more like "distance-skill-method".

Shakko ho is performed by starting in the Yoshinkan kamae stance and stepping forward with the front foot. As the foot goes forward, the hips make an S shape. The movement ends with the back leg straight and the front leg bent, and with the hips low to the ground and facing slightly off the center line. Then, without raising the hips, step forward with the back leg, hips make an S shape, and hips end facing slightly off center toward the opposite side.

You can walk like this across the floor, and we do. The S shape of the hip ...More Read More
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