Training drill: Relaxing shoulder By Simon Larsen and Emily Jackman It’s important not to be tense when training - this drill can help to release tension from the shoulders before and during strikes. Note that this drill is deliberately doing some things wrong in order to build up to a more correct strike. In normal kihon do not... Continue Reading →

Training drill (Advanced) – Circles By Emily Jackman and Simon Larsen This more advanced shiai exercise is another one from Yamaguchi-sensei; it’s not complicated but it does require good timing and footwork to do successfully. The shuugisha takes the initiative to enter from tomaai using suriashi - as they cross ma-ai the motodachi, who does not move in, attempts... Continue Reading →

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