Ouji Waza and traps: As Jukendo has so few targets there are many trapping techniques where you lead the opponent into perform an attack of your choosing and then perform ouji waza (counter techniques) to deliver your own attack.
Omote harai omote.
Take centre by pushing on the right side of the opponents mokuju this makes the opponent believe they can strike your Omote side by dropping under your mokuju and striking. As they strike perform harai and counter strike them.
Important aspects to Note:
The harai is not performed using the front hand up and down; the rear hand goes forward and back
The harai strikes Simon’s mokuju very close to his front hand
The sound of the harai is clear and sharp using the point of the blade, not with the side of the barrel
After the harai Sato sensei is in kamae, his mokuju is not pointing away from Simons kata
The footwork being used by Sato sensei to open Simon’s striking area is slightly to his left side
Ura harai ura.
The reverse of the first. In this case encourage the opponent to attack your Ura side, harai and strike their Ura side.
Important aspects to Note:
All of the above points but also that the harai is performed with the shinogiji (back point of the mokuju)
Nodo harai Nodo
Take center by pushing down and to your left on the opponents mokuju. This will open your nodo. As the opponent strikes harai their mokuju up and to the right then strike their nodo or shita.
Important aspects to note:
All of the above points
Particularly for this technique the attacking partner must perform at a suitable speed to ensure safety for nodo strikes
Sato sensei then performs a version of kakarigeiko where the basic strikes are demonstrated and then the trapping and counter attacking techniques are performed. This is to practice the timing of the feints to the left and right and then the harai response. This kakarigeiko is slightly different to, for example naginata or kendo kakarigeiko, as there is a set series of strikes Sato sensei wishes to make however if an opening is present after the intended technique (such as at 1:45) Sato sensei takes the opportunity and then moves on to the next of the techniques in the list. Note also that hiki nuki zanshin is performed after every successful strike.
Hikinuki Tanken Zanshin for men.
Hikinuki zanshin for men is not lifting up and pointing the tanken at the sky. Zanshin is performed pulling the tanken down through the centre line of the opponent as you retreat. This is a common mistake and must be avoided.
As seen Ogawa sensei performs zanshin for the men in two different ways. Hikinuki as described above or by holding the tanken at the height of the strike and running through.
Kakarigeiko is of course also good for building up match fitness and recovery time and so Sato sensei kindly allows Ogawa sensei to perform it twice.
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