Enso Dojo, Sensie Bruce Webb and Sensei Chris Simonson
Below are the sessions where Sensei Chris Simonson shared some of their unique perspective on Aikido techniques. I love practicing with these gentlemen as I feel they are always challenging the approach to conflict with their experience from the military, wrestling, and life in general.
This week we are taking more of what we learned about the various types of two handed grabs, ryo-kata-tori, and our one hand grab and then strike, kata-tori men-uchi. When we think about a single opponent these attacks have a defined defense and counter into an art. With multiple attackers you are not just thinking about the first opponent that is attacking you but the next and then the one after that.
We have been working on lines to help us work through multiple attackers and focus on blocking each attackers potential attack. This week we are going to add to that in that we want to position our next attacker so that it is in our favor. On Saturday we talked that we want to maintain the multiple attackers into a manageable group so that we are seeing them as one large entity versus individual attackers. If we push one too hard and they are able to "break away from the pack", they become more of an unknown and they can either rejoin the group or attack on their own.
Instead we want to keep the group moving together until we decide who we want to start picking off those we want or help arrives. I relate this a lot to how sardines are managed by predators, we want to become the predators and our attackers sardines.
So I am a little behind this week, I was reminded how old I was after participating at the Valentines Fellowship Seminar hosted by Aikido Omaha. It was a great time practicing with those I haven't seen in a while and to gain new perspectives on techniques shared by so many awesome instructors. I tried to take video of every session and will try and intermix them over the next couple of weeks as we continue to work on the concept of Randori, multiple attackers.
Again following the assumption that someone will not just stay in one place if there are multiple people try to attack them, the attacker will try and incorporate some kind of grab so they know where they are. So this week we are going to transition from a two handed grab to a single handed grab with a strike. There are many different ways the strike could happen, but for practicing we are going to focus on an over hand strike to the head. (which is also conveniently on an upcoming test)
So we started out this weekend working on Ryo-kata-tori, two hand shoulder grab. The main take away that we are going to focus on is the up/down movement of the hands as we are stepping forward moving our opponent to the opposite side of our forward movement. As we look at this being applied to Randori, our goal is to get rid of the current attacker as quickly as possible so we can move to the next. If we get bogged down on one attacker the others can circle around us and get us from behind to take us to the ground. You will hear me say a lot this month to keep moving. I will try and get some videos posted by Thursday demonstrating the static Ryo-kata-tori attack along with how I would like you to apply it during a Randori scenario.