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Old 12-14-2009, 01:30 AM   #17
Carl Thompson
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Re: Gyaku hanmi vs gyakute-dori

Linda Eskin wrote: View Post
So, for the stance/hanmi, gyaku means "the other way" (as opposed to the normal way) rather than the positional/geometric opposite, and for the grab gyaku means "the other side" (cross hand)? That could make sense.
I guess a point of caution is that terminology varies (even in Japan) and some dojos outside of Japan may use the Japanese terms very differently (not that I'm saying or could tell if that is the case here). As Professor Goldsbury advised, it is probably better to check with someone in your own dojo, but hopefully enough light has been shed on these terms here to help you better understand the explanation you get.
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