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Old 11-06-2013, 05:56 AM   #29
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Re: How to deal with aggressive, non-compliant attackers? And discussion on atemi.

Jonathan Wong wrote: View Post
I was playing with that too, I really think there has to be a back-and-forth. You don't tenkan or irimi as a response to something uke does. Instead, if you are both in striking range (just for example), each person has to be feeling like the other will strike. Through that interaction, entering may happen but it is in the context of (in the case you described) both people striking or being able to strike. I mean, through your expression of striking, you create irimi. Well, this is hard to verbalize, but I just mean you are expressing yourself through striking when the two of you are striking. Rather than, "when he strikes I will do this big movement, devoid of strikes or the threat of strikes, in response to that." Of course, body movement is critically involved in striking, so that is where you can find the irimi movement.
methink, this video of Ledyard sensei described quite a bit of this. most folks think of tenkan, but not irimi. there is no tenkan! took me awhile to figure that out.

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