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Old 08-20-2004, 12:35 AM   #1
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Freestyle Jo work

hi
Im a newbie here, but i was wondering if a lot of people did freestyle Jo work while training with the Jo? I have only done it once or twice in the last year but i was also wondering if anyone has any tips on how to figure out what kind of attack (ie, tsuki, shomen, yokomen etc) your opponent does before they do it, i have noticed i can get a rough idea of what they will attack with or where they are attacking but i was wondering if their is any ways to improve this? can any one please help me?

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Ayla
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Old 08-20-2004, 09:56 AM   #2
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

We train with the jo quite a bit...but I would not feel anywhere near safe doing 'freestyle' with it. And that's after about 8 to 10 years of training. Just wouldn't even consider it in a training environment. I've been whacked enough just doing kata badly.

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Old 08-20-2004, 02:22 PM   #3
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

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We train with the jo quite a bit...but I would not feel anywhere near safe doing 'freestyle' with it. And that's after about 8 to 10 years of training. Just wouldn't even consider it in a training environment. I've been whacked enough just doing kata badly.
What he said!

(Ouch! It hurts just thinking about it.)

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Old 08-20-2004, 02:25 PM   #4
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

Hey Don...

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Old 08-20-2004, 02:36 PM   #5
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

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Hey Don...

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(Apropos of your post on the sore knees, I think of you everytime I have my class do a lap of the dojo in SHIKO. Got this one old hard-line ex-Marine who refuses to sit out the lap despite pain on the side of the knee...Take care.)

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Old 08-20-2004, 07:40 PM   #6
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

We, with my wife, we do some time any attack/any defence practice with jo, but in low speed. Of cource, with adrenaline, often we speed up and it becomes difficult to preseve relatif safety of practice.
Very fun stuff.

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Old 08-20-2004, 09:55 PM   #7
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You have a cool wife, Szczepan.

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Old 08-21-2004, 02:51 AM   #8
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Re: Freestyle Jo work

We dont do it fast we just start off slow and speed up once we get into a rythym, i was just wondering if there was a way to improve your scences so you can see what/where your opponent is going to attack....its really fun... so can someone please help me?
thanks in advance

ayla
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Old 08-21-2004, 03:04 AM   #9
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Yea... train every day...

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Old 08-23-2004, 09:25 PM   #10
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Ayla Falloon wrote:
We dont do it fast we just start off slow and speed up once we get into a rythym, i was just wondering if there was a way to improve your scences so you can see what/where your opponent is going to attack....its really fun... so can someone please help me?
thanks in advance

ayla
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