Part 2 – Sensei Roger Vickerman’s 50th Wado Ryu Karate Anniversary – with Sensei A Meek

Part 2 – Sensei Roger Vickerman’s 50th Wado Ryu Karate Anniversary – with Sensei A Meek


Sensei said also, he doesn’t like to turn too much In fact For many years he started to punch straight So then we can use other ways of body movement So in Kushanku We have that action So, for this move, the punch is coming and the punch is returned I don’t turn my body too much, I draw back Then punch… This way Then I can come forward Then punch So I am not moving back If you have ever done competition fighting sometimes you are waiting for that Ippon (Scoring attack) You want that point You don’t want to move back. You want to make sure you defend and attack at the same time. So you move your weight forward Maybe I will edge back Then punch comes in… So, defence and attack at the same time My feet come together Practise slowly Drop Drop *your weight* Not… Turn. That is Go No Sen This is Sen No Sen In Karate this is what we want We want that instant attack where you can collect that attack coming in I just sense his attack move back, move back A very basic movement, but not easy to do Practice please, do it safely please. One, two. In your practise you are trying to enhance that body movement As much as possible by using ayumi ashi which is an old Japanese term for walking or stepping but that other answer was also correct for example if he has a weapon I will have to move so if he strikes possibly he doesn’t think I can punch from that distance using junzuki (lunge punch), even further soft knees I can attack easily which he doesn’t expect so don’t always practise junzuki just because it is part of the basics and you want to pass your next grade Think how you use this action which we did. Drop your weight and step so you have the upmost power, from a distance he doesn’t expect so with a partner practice He does it again, maybe he has a weapon Side, drop your weight. Then stay down. Don’t come up Just as we did practised junzuki Soft knee Move your body through Punch OK, Practice Move to your side, sideways but don’t just think side and turn think drop Drop. One side, then the other. It is different to just turning and stepping make a bit of space From here, Jigotai (open leg stance) Jigotai is this position. just drop. So for example cover your face, but drop this way feet together, go! then back up Then this way, go! and back So most techniques, 99.9% Before you move, you drop your weight In kata, you always drop your weight So, as you don’t do “one” “Two” It should be… the same time… Drop Side, Go! Cover your face, and back. Now we do punch as you side step and back So as you move you cover your face side step and punch hand up still, and cover. Go! Try to keep good form, for example in The kata Basai and Kushanku we keep the feet flat Try to still maintain that form but it is the way you do the movement is more intricate than just turning and bending the knee Hook coming I don’t just move to the side As the hook comes in, drop your weight my leg is already to the side then… Or. Punch I drop my weight like a balloon then expand to the sides I drop my body weight so my leg moves to the side I can punch or hook for example when you do for those higher grades Kukanku that’s only arms but you should think now about how you drop and how you move you don’t have to block just move to avoid turn, and when you do shuto uke (knife hand defence)… turn. when you do this move, not just step across and then drop. but, drop your weight, kick and down and come up again, shift your weight shift, kick and down Block… and draw back One, and, turn…. Draw back Kick, and… and so on. Done from the centre This is too basic You should try to use some other movement from the centre and do it in a relax way, like you are fighting like you did it just now one, two feel the movement from the kata in the fight turn, kick and down for example, from this stance, suddenly I drop my wieght turn, kick and down so you have all those elements of movement going down and up not just this… for appearance If you know Kushanku then practise not the whole kata, just how you can move In the first 15 moves If you d a more basic kata, it’s the same practise Pinan Nidan Down Then move in like you did just now. Junnzuki (punch) Step back, then come up. Then come in and… Turn the body. OK, practise. Practise, here and punch Then afterwards maybe we can turn, or punching straight So we are going into the elements of movement dropping as well as side stepping So from Jigotai, easier to think about your step punch comes in, drop then punch! For Wado Ryu people, think, gyakuzuki no tsukkomi think turn, then turn back again other side turn, and punch, turn and punch again Left foot moves first but my body is down then I turn and turn again. OK

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