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Old 09-08-2000, 11:08 PM   #14
Dojo: Ninpiden Dojo, Ai To Hei Wa
Location: Denver
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 8
Perhaps this is a little naive on my part, but it seems that Tenkan, opening the door to let the jab continue on it's way, is better harmony with the uke "boxer" than taking the punch or blocking. Physics is for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, thus blocking a 100% punch with a 100% block is against physics. Although I am not a boxer, I believe that the jab and attack must still follow a line forward. Tenkan steps off the line and places you in the only position Uke cannot reach: Parallel or "Heiko" and facing the same way hip to hip with Uke, hence 100 % punch is met with 0% resistance. Obviously, there is more to it, but perhaps simpler things prevail best when nage is "surprised".
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