Shirindo Jujutsu: Tonight’s Jujutsu class involved the usual Ukemi-Waza and warm up with some helpful additions of incorporating Koshinage and Osotogari, done 20 times each on the Uke, stopping just as the technique reaches the pivotal moment and resetting. This was a good drill for warming up, and also practising the primary mechanics of the techniques, I found it particularly useful as an exercise to pay attention to the smaller details of the techniques, rather than going straight in to the throw itself.

For tonight striking drills Sensei ‘Bert’ Parker had the class practising low turning kicks, starting with aiming for the outer thigh, where the sciatic nerve is located. It should be noted that we were using a kick shield. This strike was done from the rear leg (right side for me), and was not too different from the sort of kicks which are within my comfort zone. Next we moved on to kicking from the lead leg, aiming for the inside of the Uke’s lead thigh; I don’t think I’ve mentioned in previous training log updates that for a few months I have been whining about a minor injury on the dorsal of my left foot which has caused me to ‘pull’ a lot of kicks thrown from my lead leg. I think a lot of this has been psychological because it has effected me for much longer than it should; it was therefore very pleasing on Tuesday when I found myself not bothered by it in any way!

The Newaza element of tonight’s class went by rather quick, looking specifically at the Tori attacking with an arm-bar, and transitioning to an omoplata as the Uke attempts to defend. I like the omoplata, as a technique I often stumble upon during randori I am always happy to drill it and look for nuances.

For the main point of the lesson, Sensei Bert had in mind techniques that would demonstrate the various ways in which an opponents momentum could be responded to; this is a key lesson and principle behind the name of Shirindo Jujutsu. Paired up as Tori and Uke, we were then directed to drill Kotegaeshi, obtained from the Uke coming towards the Tori, in a way that simulates a shove; although, it was easy to see that the same principle could have been applied to a double lapel grab, clinch, etc. The Tori could either re-distribute the Uke by attacking his elbow and stepping back with the momentum, securing Kotegaeshi in the process; or, disrupt the Uke by meeting force with force when attacking the elbow, then actively chasing the Uke and securing Kotegaeshi as they came in for a second attack. Although Kotegaeshi is a technique to be demonstrated in the first grading, it appears to be one that requires a level of accuracy to be obtained before I can consider myself proficient with it.

Moving on to the last section of the class, Sensei Bert split the class in to groups of three, where the focus was on securing techniques, usually executed between a Tori and Uke, upon an Uke who was engaged in an attack with a third party. The attack from the Uke upon the third party was analogous to that done in the previous drill; however, this time the Tori approached the Uke from a blind angle to execute techniques that can be utilised for control and restraint scenarios, such as the hammer lock. It was at this late stage in the lesson that ‘The Urban Sumo’ decided to show himself, not realising that the Tuesday class had started at 1800hrs, as opposed to the Thursday time of 1930hrs! Better late then never I suppose, giving just enough time to put him in to some uncomfortable positions for 10 minutes.

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