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Old 06-02-2007, 07:25 AM   #1
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Shomenuchi (Empty Hand)

Does your empty hand shomenuchi attack resemble the traditional sword strike motion (as you would with a bokken), or does it more resemble an empty hand knife-edge strike to the front of the head (directly forward)?

Just in case I'm ever attacked by an aikidoist, I'll know how to defend myself.
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:55 AM   #2
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Re: Shomenuchi (Empty Hand)

We do both versions. The sword like one as uke attacking, the direct one as tori initiating the technique.
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Old 06-03-2007, 04:14 PM   #3
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Re: Shomenuchi (Empty Hand)

Both...We also make sure not to 'telegraph" the strike.

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Old 06-03-2007, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: Shomenuchi (Empty Hand)

Wood Sensei,

Not to hijack your thread, but I'm interested in how things turned out at Silver Lake and the thread disappeared for all the right reasons. If you've a mind to do so, please send me a PM at your convenience.

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Old 06-05-2007, 01:48 AM   #5
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Re: Shomenuchi (Empty Hand)

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Does your empty hand shomenuchi attack resemble the traditional sword strike motion (as you would with a bokken), or does it more resemble an empty hand knife-edge strike to the front of the head (directly forward)?

Just in case I'm ever attacked by an aikidoist, I'll know how to defend myself.
Mine is more towards resembling an empty hand knife-edge strike to the front of the head. I always imagine myself holding an empty wine bottle.

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