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Old 01-30-2014, 10:14 AM   #7
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Re: Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi en Adem Training in Daito-ryu

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
Hmmm. "Ya", "To", and "Ei" are fairly common kiai shapes...I wonder what the distinctions in Kogen Itto ryu are.

Re-reading this article today, I see some commentary I did not notice before on the idea that there is no vocalization in Daito ryu. Mainline Daito ryu certainly has that today, you can plainly see/hear it on any of the Kondo Sensei videos, and I think I saw a video of a Takumakai embu recently where they use "To!" when executing the finishing blow.
When I Was training with Kondo there was some basic vocalization at the end of things, but nothing very sophisticated or pervasive.



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