Thread: 2nd Kyu
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #24
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Re: 2nd Kyu

Basia Halliop wrote: View Post
I'm not positive, but I have always assumed it's partly because the emphasis is supposed to be less on the shear number of different techniques, but more on how well you use the basic principles, ways of moving, posture, etc, in all your techniques. I'm not sure you need to see 50 different techniques to see what level someone's at -- after all, many of the techniques tested at 5th kyu may be ones you use in randori or in the jiuwaza in more advanced levels, but the quality of the technique would be different.
The principles and components of a good technique don't change based on the number of techniques you're expected to know and be able to demonstrate competently. When you're trained around focusing on those principles and improving through them, the number of techniques really become little more than ways to demonstrate those principles from a variety of situations, which improves and strengthens everything.
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