ichimonji no kata

With this kihon movement step off the line (back) and try and create a 45 degree angle in relation to your opponent. This will put you out of danger and have you in a safe place. Your aim is to finish in kamae. It has been said that from the beginning of the movement to the end movement (process/transition included) you are always in kamae and maintaining a state of Zanshin.
Practise the sumo squat (which we did last Thursday) and build the required strength and flexibility for this movement. Lateral leg raises are also helpful in building the hip strength to whip your back thigh back out to allow your body to evade. By accentuating this movement from your hip (or knee if you like) you are making sure that your feet and knee are also on the same angle (45 degrees), in alignment with each other (i.e. knee above toe) and by doing so, are protecting the knee and ankle from any acute or chronic injury.
Remember to move from the lower part of your body (i.e. tanden and feet) and to keep the head in alignment with the spine. Maintain a straight, upright posture.
A fairly basic movement with lots and lots of intricacies. Train this hard and try to do it with out any shuffle or wasteful preparatory steps.


Anonymous said…
Hi Nice Blog .The detailed Knee, for example, of the bronchial tree as seen through the bronchoscope is now of great importance. The introduction of laparoscopic and thoracoscopic instruments to explore and operate in the abdomen and thorax respectively has also opened new vistas as surgeons require to learn their anatomical landmarks through these approaches.
Might you have commented on the wrong blog? I have never considered using a bronchoscope for this kata, but if you have one handy we can give it a try!

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