Nicholas Corduan wrote:
That's so different from what we're taught as a general rule... I'm curious what the reason for that approach is?
Am assuming you are responding to Janet's post.
When it comes to kihon waza Ikkyo is a basic technique, nikyo, sankyo, yonkyo, gokyo and even rokkyo are just variations. I always teach ikkyo as the principle technique, once you can do that, everything else will fall into place.
Of course, there is oyo waza (variations) for these techniques, many that perhaps apply the lock at an earlier instance in the movement. These you learn through practice, but for many, the focus often becomes the lock variation and the basic principles of the movement are forgotten or ignored. Ikkyo should still be considered the first step to getting to any of the them. At least in my opinion