Yamaguchi-sensei Lesson 2: Tsuki mae tsuki / Kaeshi tsuki

By Simon Larsen and Emily Jackman

If you’ve not seen the first lesson video, tsuki mae, then we definitely suggest reviewing and practicing the exercise from there before using the refinements and advancements in this second lesson.

This starts with the same basic exercise as lesson one, the tsuki mae where the shuugisha makes an omote strike quickly followed with a step forward into the opponent, thereby forcing them to retreat with a similar step backward in order to receive the thrust correctly.

In this lesson, we see the continuation where the receiver is carefully guiding the omote thrust into position so that they can then force the shuugisha’s mokuju out of the way to return with an omote thrust of their own.

In order to make this happen, the receiver creates a path using their kote as the strike is coming in. If you watch from 13 seconds into the video you can see Yamaguchi-sensei raising his front forearm up to catch the attacking mokuju on the kote and his own mokuju so he can guide it into position as he absorbs the strike. Now that he has both mokuju where he needs them to be he extends the front arm down through the centre line forcing an opening. He can then step off side to make a return omote strike.

It’s important that when guiding in the first attack that the receiver both raises the front arm and brings it in toward their body in order to create a strong, clean movement as they force the attacking mokuju out of position. If the arm is too far out in front it’s harder to create an accurate path to guide the mokuju into place and makes it more difficult to extend the forearm to move it out of position.

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  1. Hi Simon and Emily,

    First of all, thank you for posting this continuation to the previous Lesson 1.

    I recently watched a Jukendo Demonstration video on the Seido youtube channel, and am having trouble identifying two sets of exercises being demonstrated.

    Can you help me identify these two exercises so that I may look for more information on them?

    This video was recorded during the 2019 Kagamibiraki & Budo Hajime at the Nippon Budokan, and can be found here:

    I was able to recognize the Dai Ichi Geiko, which starts at 4:08 in the video, and ends at 4:17.

    However, immediately following that exercise, there seems to be a different exercise, starting at 4:19 and ending at 4:32. It includes several Harai techniques, and I haven’t seen it mentioned on this website. Is this variant on the Dai Ichi Geiko?

    In addition, there is a very fast and vigorous exercise that begins at 4:35. Does this exercise have a name, and are there posts about this exercise somewhere on this website?

    Thank you for the work you have put into promoting this budo. Have a great week, and I look forward to your response.

    – Peter

  2. The second and third exercises are just a kind of faster and varied version of Dai Ichi as far as I am aware. I have asked what people call it but no one has had an answer that I think could be considered definitive.

    The most basic variation we do and have done at other dojos as well is omote, ura, shita forwards, then backwards, then forwards. Then the motodachi does omote, ura, shita and shugisha blocks them with a harai like motion. As motodachi loses momentum after the 3 strikes shugisha does omote (or in your video kata).

    Hope that helps.

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