In last night’s practice, we spent the entire time on the standing Musoshindenryu kata, Tachi-Uchi no Kurai. We managed to “see” and get the basic movements for the first three in the set. They include De-ai, Keikomi, and Ukenagashi. Thanks to an introduction I received from Kim Taylor at the Thunder Bay seminar last fall, his detailed instruction video, and some reading materials, we were able to piece together these kata in a somewhat coherent manner.
It was difficult to get some of the movements and timing down, but awesome nonetheless.
Kelly, Joey, and I each took turns in both the Uchidachi and Shidachi roles, two together, one modelling. It worked well, because we got a chance to practice the timing, seme, and maii with the teki across from us, and then we could also work on the technique and specifics as we modeled on the side.
We discovered how just small details like the position of a foot when performing some of the grappling and controlling movements in Keikomi were enough to make the action work or not. It’s in the details!
We also had a pretty good introduction to Ukenagashi. Wow. That’s a hard kata to perform with the timing, distancing, and still trying to maintain seme with the teki.
Oh, and not getting whacked by the Uchidachi is a challenge too.
We found that if performed improperly, it’s quite easy to get inadvertently whacked or speared by the Uchidachi’s bokuto. Again, the details makes it work or not. I think we could spend months on just that kata to get it somewhat correct!
I thoroughly enjoyed this new aspect to our koryu training, and can’t wait to work on it again.
Now, I have to get back to making my notes on these kata. There’s so much to remember! (That’s a pretty obvious hint Kelly and Joey – TAKE NOTES!)
Have a good week.
This one is of a very unique style – Yagyu Shinkage ryu. Kenjutsu, unlike iaido, starts with the sword (or in this case bokuto) out of the saya. The techniques are usually done in pairs, and involve strikes and counter-strikes at full speed and intensity.