tfw ur instructor has ur class spar and u face two guys back to back who punch u directly in the boob like cmon guys we're train to aim for the center of the body not the right tit
I’m so sorry if this message has been sitting in the inbox forever; I’ve been running this blog from mobile and it doesn’t give notifications.
But yes, THIS. I think every female martial artist with boobs has had this happen at least once. Even other girls are guilty of this, too, because let’s face it, when it comes to combat these “things” get in the way. Sports bras can bind and hold them down, but that doesn’t make breasts any less sensitive. Unfortunately a lot of people think chest = solar plexus, and us women are on the losing end of that one.
In my art when we spar we don’t wear any protection over the chest, so it’s open season during matches, ugh.
The Neko-te were usually used by the kunoichi (female ninja).
The weapon is strong iron fingernails that were fastened into leather bands fitted on the fingers, and resembled claws (not like that of of the shuko, ashiko) and were also dipped in poisons. The eyes were a favorite spot for slashing.
The Kakute were rings that the kunoichi wore that were dipped in poison. The rings could be made out of metals, and tempered wood.
The ninja would quietly strangle enemies with the ring stuck in their neck. It was far less messy then using a sword, and left very little evidence on how the victim died.
Monday night means practice with our grandmaster! The crowd is much bigger than at my regular dojo, with many high-ranking dans on the mats, as many sensei from other dojos of our school attend that class. It also means the mood is more formal and has less of this “family” vibe I like so much at my regular place.
Among the techniques we went through, I got a second serving of morote dori – this time we did irimi nage. We also practiced gokyo on yokomen uchi, and it was maybe the third time total I ever did it. I find it much easier than sankyo or yonkyo and I don’t know why we barely practice it.
Speaking of yonkyo, we spent a good amount of time doing it in sitting mode, with uke and nage facing each other like for kokyu ho suwari waza (I’m pretty sure there’s a name for that form, but couldn’t catch it). Our GM loves that one.
Nage grabs one or both wrists. The challenge is first to relax your shoulder and elbow; it should be only your wrist doing that small upward move, *not* your elbow (ahem). Your thumb, little and ring fingers should firmly grip uke’s wrist and the pad at the root of your index should press the famous yonkyo point, the nerve running along the bone of their wrist – sending fire/electricity throughout their arm in a way that makes grownup men cry. The same move has for result that their arm is now in full extension. Then you push/twist it towards their center, taking their balance, and they fall backwards.
My two French sempai nagged me to sign up for my 2nd kyu test in June (did they get a call from my sensei or what?). I’m grateful for the vote of confidence, but I had to remind them of the rule regarding 50 days of practice…. and no, I can’t squeeze in two more practice sessions every week to reach that goal, sorry guys, not everybody is single, with no kids to manage, and a flexible work/family schedule to match! It’s not that I don’t want to, but if I could avoid being served divorce papers, that would be awesome. On top of that, I want to feel good with those techniques, absorb them properly, and not have the impression I learned them in a rush. September it will be!
This is a 1.5-hour workshop on swordsmanship mechanics, using lightsabers or straight sticks with no crossguard.* I taught this for the Bangkok Brotherhood of Historical Fencing, a HEMA group based in Thailand. To jump straight to the class, go to 6:54. This is part 1 of 2 workshops, the second is coming soon!
For those wishing to take part remotely in the workshop, I’ve included the whole session, unedited (except for free sparring at the end). A full transcript is attached below.
*The choice to use lightsabers to teach medieval swordsmanship was due to weapon-carry restrictions for the fighters getting to and from the workshop using public transport in Bangkok, so we used lightsabers and incorporated that into the class content.
I do address lightsaber-specific mechanics, but the majority of what I teach in the class is useful for general swordsmanship.
Tonight’s practice was very welcome after a 10-days hiatus for our dojo due to our embukai and a national holiday (thankfully I could go on Monday to my second dojo).
It began with a bang when sensei asked me straight away if I was going for my 2nd kyu in June… errrr NOOOO! As my constitutional lawyer heart replied straight away (gosh I hate how nerdish I can be), “les conditions formelles et matérielles ne sont pas remplies” – sorry US/UK people, you can’t understand this because our constitutional systems differ too much. It just means that there’s NO WAY I can present myself at the June session – I have neither the minimal amount of days of practice NOR the technical knowledge for that. But thank you, sensei, for thinking that if pigs could fly and hell froze over, I’d have a chance.
Practice was all about morote dori tonight - my least favorite style of attack, so it meant extra efforts and sweating (good practice I guess). As usual, whenever I barely get a waza, it was impossible to reproduce spontaneously on the right side what had worked so-so on the left. The key is of course HIP MOVE and proper arm angle when you raise it in front of you. Oh, and those legs. Yeah, they’re not supposed to just stay there, rigid and unmoving. When will I learn…
Anyway, that 2nd kyu remark got me in the right mindset. I used free practice time and post practice open mat time to go through the first set of new techniques I must deliver (in SEPTEMBER). Ikkyo to yonkyo on katadori (tachi for now, although suwari is also requested) was on the menu tonight.
On yonkyo ura, sensei reminded me that the move is not so much circular, but more similar to a sword cutting a bamboo - once your hands are in the right position, you cut downward in a diagonal line. Deadly effective, if the body jerking and strangled noises of my sempai were any indication. @blue-kiko I immediately thought of iaido :)
(Oh, I missed a friend’s birthday party to go practice tonight. I feel like an awful friend, but at the same time, I *needed* to go back on the mats… but of course I came up with another excuse, because she’s not a martial artist. At the same time, I’m at a stage in my life where I find more pleasure and reward in aikido practice than in drinking a few beers and socialize (the horror) around a BBQ. I’m getting old, right?)