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 →

Yamaguchi-sensei Lesson 4: Full technique By Simon Larsen and Emily Jackman This is the full exercise which follows on from the work in the previous 3 lesson videos. Again, if you’ve not practiced the techniques from the earlier lessons it’s advisable to get those under your belt before adding this all together. The full technique consists of the shuugisha... Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi-sensei Lesson 3: Mae tsuki mae By Simon Larsen and Emily Jackman Again, if you haven’t already seen and practiced the exercises from lessons one and two, it’s worth reviewing them before taking on this extension. In this exercise we’re now starting from outside of ma-a which requires an additional step in to reach distance before doing tsuki mae. If... Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi-sensei Lesson 1: Tsuki mae Yamaguchi Sensei had a lesson plan which was interesting and by starting small and adding new steps once the current piece was under control we ended up with a fascinating exercise that covers so many of the fundamentals of Jukendo and then shows how they are applicable in far more advanced waza and... Continue Reading →


Basic strikes Omote [J]: Direct thrust forward at opponents uwadou. In this strike there’s no impediment to the attacker thrusting in a straight line forward to meet the target. When practicing, the motodachi will usually open their left out slightly to clear the path for the attacker. First command to attacker is usually tsuki; onaji... Continue Reading →

Training advanced: Receiving Katotsu

Most of the elements in "Receiving Chokutotsu" apply here: The tiny step and receving of the strike The correct distance Posture while receiving The new things to focus on are how to draw the strike out of the student and how to make the opening correctly. To draw the strike create the opening by raising... Continue Reading →

Training advanced: Receiving Ura

Receiving Dattotsu: Most of the elements in Receiving Chokutotsu apply here: The tiny step and receiving of the strike The correct distance Posture while receiving   For dattotsu the motodachi has two extra tricky bits to focus on as well as all of those points. Firstly the motodachi wants the strike to be straight. The striker... Continue Reading →

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