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Old 10-07-2006, 09:21 PM   #1
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Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

I did this move many years ago, in my first dojo, but just can't remember what tori's tai sabaki was.... so I'm hoping somone can enlighten me

The move is still yokomenuchi... but, the starting position for the striking arm is across your face... instead of to the side or directly in front...and when striking, the palm is down instead of up... some might call it a reverse yokomenuchi, others with bokken training might see it as a side cut in the 'other' direction.

I'm thinking that the most natural movement for tori might be a tenkan, so that you can catch the wrist as it swings to the side... but... is that correct?
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:16 AM   #2
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

Reverse yokomen-uchi = Gyaku Yokomen-uchi in Yoshinkan term.

Possible (High Percentage) techniques to counter this action are in jiyu-waza setting:

1) Kotegashi ni (tenkan version)

2) Ikkajo/Ikkyo ichi (irimi version), for this you have to get in fast enough before the swing actually start or before the swing acheive great momentum.

3) Ushiro nage

4) irimi tsuki (shomen ate) - but then irimi tsuki is suitable as a response to anything..... see my signature.

The terms I speak are Yoshinkan, I am unsure what Aikikai call them.

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Old 10-09-2006, 05:39 AM   #3
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

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I did this move many years ago, in my first dojo, but just can't remember what tori's tai sabaki was.... so I'm hoping somone can enlighten me

The move is still yokomenuchi... but, the starting position for the striking arm is across your face... instead of to the side or directly in front...and when striking, the palm is down instead of up... some might call it a reverse yokomenuchi, others with bokken training might see it as a side cut in the 'other' direction.

I'm thinking that the most natural movement for tori might be a tenkan, so that you can catch the wrist as it swings to the side... but... is that correct?
You can go forward to the outside of uke. eg. Make irimi.

Or you can withdraw out of range. Maybe this is the tenkan you mean? However - expect another attack if you do this.

If you turn / tenkan where you are you have done nothing and are still on the line of the attack.

I prefer to go forward, many things are posible from here.

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Old 10-09-2006, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

Boon gave the standard Yoshinkan responses...this is a nice attack to shake up your shite... Especially if a tanto is involved! There is a mawashi response that can lead to any number of throws, basically you block with the close hand and pivot, strike uke's face with the free hand, if they block, juji nage or mawashi (lead their blocking arm around and behind causing them to pivot away from you, nice balance break for kotegaishi or pretty much anything else you want to do.

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Old 10-09-2006, 08:32 AM   #5
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

If you're talking about shuto uchi (knife hand strike), you have to enter from the outside (i.e. the dead side). Wakigatame comes to mind, but anything's possible, except catching the wrist... I would prefer control of the elbow and control of the center.

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Old 10-09-2006, 08:36 AM   #6
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

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Reverse yokomen-uchi = Gyaku Yokomen-uchi in Yoshinkan term.

Possible (High Percentage) techniques to counter this action are in jiyu-waza setting:

1) Kotegashi ni (tenkan version)

2) Ikkajo/Ikkyo ichi (irimi version), for this you have to get in fast enough before the swing actually start or before the swing acheive great momentum.

3) Ushiro nage

4) irimi tsuki (shomen ate) - but then irimi tsuki is suitable as a response to anything..... see my signature.

The terms I speak are Yoshinkan, I am unsure what Aikikai call them.

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Boon,

Thanks for your helpful comments... And I speak Yoshinkan OK... I have Shioda Kancho's books (Dynamic Aikido and Total Aikido) and some Yoshinkan DVDs as well...

However, I am hoping you can translate Ushiro Nage... how would that work?
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:36 AM   #7
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

Behind throw, enter as in iriminage, but continue across uke's back to the other side, and use 45 degree pivot to throw uke behind you. When you get a feeling for kokyu it takes very little power for a very dramatic throw, especially if uke has a lot of forward momentum in their attack.

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Old 10-09-2006, 03:08 PM   #8
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...this is a nice attack to shake up your shite... Especially if a tanto is involved! There is a mawashi response that can lead to any number of throws,
Hmm... Knife versus sumo obi. That image lingers in the brain.

There is a nifty kaitennage ( with a couple of off-ramps).

If uke is attacking with the the right hand, nage/tori's left comes across and meets the outside of the attack as you enter and turn soto. The reversing uchi turn then carries it in a big circle down around across your center with the hip turn (there is a gokyo transition available here), then back up, extending the left hand under the arm as you irimi in, raising the left hand behind the shoulder (There is a koshinage/iriminage available here, where the left arm carries the shoulder and head as you step through or turn underneath)

Continuing the kaitennage you also extend the right hand to catch and cut the back of the neck down with a strong cutting action as you enter deeply, shoulder to shoulder, and turn soto again, cutting the head and extending it down, while extending uke's arm up with nage's left hand rising across his own chest.

Then its a kaitennage throw, but close up. There is also a more immediate drop to suwari, which is very optional -- especially depending on how well you like your partner.

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:43 PM   #9
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

Ushiro nage = ushiro ate in Tomiki term. Click on link to see animation of ushiro nage/ate. The picture show kata version, but many nasty thing can come out of this technique if you follow through with it e.g., hadaka jime, okuri eri jime or kataha jime (all judo choking techs).

I am no good with description of techniques using words, I hope the picture can help me describe it better.

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Old 10-10-2006, 02:48 AM   #10
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If you're talking about shuto uchi (knife hand strike), you have to enter from the outside (i.e. the dead side). Wakigatame comes to mind, but anything's possible, except catching the wrist... I would prefer control of the elbow and control of the center.
Specifically speaking, I am not so partial to waki-gatamae in this scenario. Reasons:

1) If the swing is really coming and fast, trying to catch a waki is a risk as one may miss and get a body shot to the ribs.

2) In a randori setting, putting a waki is really OUCH on uke if it is applied forcefully or snappy. I hate that done to me or my randori'ing partner. Putting a waki-gatamae from ground is better for training as you achieve better control and less injury risk.

3) Personally I tend to fumble trying to position my forearm against the elbow joint; which if my uke is fighting back, I would have lost the initiative.

Overall, waki-gatamae is difficult to apply effectively in sparring without actually hurting uke unless you apply them in newaza setting.

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Old 10-10-2006, 05:01 AM   #11
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Catch!? Perhaps you mean "ride" and "redirect"....?

I think the distinction needs to be made between "technique" (as in a systematic procedure by which a complex task is accomplished) and "technique" (as in the skillful way in which the fundamentals of the art are handled).

Rather than focus on the former, it would be judicious to concentrate on the latter...

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Old 10-10-2006, 10:37 AM   #12
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Ushiro nage = ushiro ate in Tomiki term. Click on link to see animation of ushiro nage/ate. The picture show kata version, but many nasty thing can come out of this technique if you follow through with it e.g., hadaka jime, okuri eri jime or kataha jime (all judo choking techs).

I am no good with description of techniques using words, I hope the picture can help me describe it better.

Boon.
Thanks Ron and Boon for the translation - and the animated gifs

Having said this though, I usually practice [ushiro nage] to counter shomenuchi... I have to try this in the dojo, but I'm thinking... suppose uke strikes with a reverse yokomenuchi using the right hand... then his right hand [tegatana] and arm will travel from left to right and extend outwards to his right... moving behind uke (assuming you enter from uke's right) means you have to be really fast to avoid being hit...

Doing an irimi (as Dazzler pointed out) and then tenkan (or tenkai) would put me to his side, and in a natural position to redirect his attack without having to rush so deeply behind him...
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I move fast, I am gifted. Your milage may vary.

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Old 10-11-2006, 04:27 AM   #14
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Re: Tai sabaki for reverse yokomenuchi

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Doing an irimi (as Dazzler pointed out) and then tenkan (or tenkai) would put me to his side, and in a natural position to redirect his attack without having to rush so deeply behind him...
Thanks SK.

It seems that each style has its own preferred techniques for dealing with gyaku-yokomen and similarly suhei-uchi (excuse spelling) - this is a reverse side strike eg uke has struck with shomen which has been evaded and he follows up with a 2nd strike from the completion position of the first.

To clarify, my use of the word tenkan was not necessarily to describe the turn and step back used commonly throughout aikido but simply to turn back.

Assuming uke has right foot forwards and strikes with the right hand, tori (from ai hanmi posture ) would step forward with the left foot and turn. By opening the hips instead of stepping back room is created for ukes attack to pass its target and dissipate in the space previously occupied by uke.

Some further thoughts.....

My background is primarily aikikai influenced so my training has been more along the lines of studying why this works rather than just doing something that works. For me certain factors are under consideration here.

Most importantly, the depth of entry. Effectively this controls the maai - distance between tori and uke. In the teaching I've received this essential base of aikido will dictate the appropriate techniques and we are taught not to try to impose a technique in a situation which would be illogical.

For instance.....

Tori takes a small step, not quite making up the ground to uke, and this would be ideal position for kotegaeshi for instance. The presence or absence of a weapon could influence the style of the kotegaeshi, eg blade up from a slash can be dealt with in standard fashion (or what seems standard to me across various styles), blade down in stabbing fashion might require a certain adaptation to turn the blade back on uke.

Take a larger step, effectively positioning tori next to ukes side, and as others have said, ikkyo variants or perhaps gokyo against a blade, hijikimeosae (waki gatame?) or even Erics soto kaiten nage can be achieved.

Finally take a full step and irimi nage, the ushiro nage (we would call this ushiro kiri otoshi) are more suitable techniques.

One thing I'll add is that early control of the elbow is essential here, (rather than the wrist since this could expose Tori to a strike with ukes free elbow.

Again, depending on depth of entry it may be preferable to control with the left hand on a shorter entry and the right hand on a deeper entry. Either way it needs to be controlled as Uke positions himself for his countering technique.

This need not be a block since having passed its target the attack will be losing force, but it must be a control to prevent uke rediverting their attack.

Really all of these 'techniques' follow 2 patterns, either a.enter and turn, absorbing ukes attack then redirect it to them, or b. enter and turn, and keep turning absorbing ukes attack in a downward spiral.

Obviously there will be many people who can make the techniques work at any range with the right uke. Fair play to them - I'm not saying you are wrong. All I'm throwing into the pot is the concept of right technique at the right place.

FWIW

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Old 10-12-2006, 09:48 AM   #15
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Ok, Boon... but I'm getting old and prefer less risky techniques
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Old 10-12-2006, 09:58 AM   #16
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Tori takes a small step, not quite making up the ground to uke, and this would be ideal position for kotegaeshi for instance. The presence or absence of a weapon could influence the style of the kotegaeshi, eg blade up from a slash can be dealt with in standard fashion (or what seems standard to me across various styles), blade down in stabbing fashion might require a certain adaptation to turn the blade back on uke.
Thanks for the explanation Daren

This paragraph really caught my eye... actually, I did quite a bit of tanto practice recently... and you are right, the way uke holds the blade has an influence on the technique...

I've noticed the following:

1) For tsuki, people seem to prefer stabbing with the blade facing upwards

2) For yokomenuchi, there appear to be 3 styles:
(i) Stabbing with the thumb on the end... and the cutting edge on the upper side
(ii) Stabbing with the thumb on the end... and the cutting edge on he lower side
(iii) Holding the tanto in a handshake grip and flicking the knife sideways

It would be interesting to hear how other people hold their tanto
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Soon-Kian Phang,

This may not deal directly with your question, however, it may help to give you ideas on what you can do for yourself.

This video comes from the All Japan YOSHINKAN Enbu Taikai and is a standard tanto training drill used by honbu dojo...Hope it helps


http://www.myaa.info/media/TANTO_DORI.wmv


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Old 10-13-2006, 10:17 AM   #19
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Thanks for the interesting clip
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is a standard tanto training drill used by honbu dojo..
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More importantly, what are the tanto drill(s)? I never knew [kata/kumitachi] existed for tanto.

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Soon-Kian Phang,

This may not deal directly with your question, however, it may help to give you ideas on what you can do for yourself.

This video comes from the All Japan YOSHINKAN Enbu Taikai and is a standard tanto training drill used by honbu dojo...Hope it helps


http://www.myaa.info/media/TANTO_DORI.wmv


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Charlie,

Wrt the clips you provided, the first part where they are doing some kind of tanto kata, is this a recent creation? In my dojo, we don't do this.

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Hello all,

The kata form is simply called tanto soho. (FWIW there is a ken soho as well!).

I could not tell you for sure what is the date of its inseption. However, I will ask Parker sensei if he recalls how long it has been used. All I can say for sure is that the senshusei perform this kata every year at the All Japan Enbu. I saw it every year the 5 years that I was there.

In looking at my Yoshinkan publications I find nothing showing tanto soho. However, It is contained in a video tape that the IYAF put out through QUEST video in 1990 that lists the kata as part of the requirements for nidan and sandan.

I do not have the time right now to look through the complete "gijutsu zenshu" video series but I don't recall seeing it on those tapes as well. I could be wrong though and it could have been added to the newer box dvd set (which I don't have...I just have the old tapes)

I believe that it has been around for a while though.

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I don't know the particular tanto kata in question (the video won't load) but I do know that some of the groups that came up under Kushida Sensei originally practice many tanto vs tanto, tanto vs jo, and tanto vs ken kata that are not particularly common outside of the Kushida lineage.

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Hi Ron,

I checked the link to the video that I provided and it seems to be working ok on my end.

This kata form very well may have been something that Kushida sensei had some input in on while he was still with the Yoshinkan Honbu, however, I am definitely not talking about something that was taught/created by him since his coming to the States [and subsequent departure from the Yoshinkan].

This is a kata form practiced and taught at Honbu dojo. I know for a fact that it is taught to the senshusei and demoed every year at the all Japan. Like I said I saw it with me own eyes the almost 5 years that I was in Japan [and guess who usually demos it at the All Japan...the special riot police that are part of the senshusei program].

The fact is [Boon] that there is A LOT that is taught at the Honbu that isn't taught elsewhere [unless your instructor was a part of Honbu!]

Anyway...since I have a copy of the original IYAF video tapes that contain this form, here is a link to an excerpt that contains tanto soho as provided by Honbu [note on the 3rd dan requirements Chida sensei is the demonstrator]. Hope it helps to fill in the blanks.

http://myaa.info/media/TANTO_QUEST_VIDEO.wmv

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Hi Charlie, I didn't mean to imply anything more than Kushida Sensei did a lot of various weapon forms, since some here posted they didn't know they existed. Of course, you would be more familiar with the forms taught at hombu than most of us, and I would always recommend that readers take advantage of your experience there.

My instructor was a deshi at hombu years ago...but I certainly wouldn't expect what he teaches to be in lockstep with what hombu teaches now...he has changed, they have changed, and it's all good in my book. I don't know why I have trouble with that clip...now its taking forever to load, and I'm on a highbandwidth link...

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