Koto Ryu Koppojutsu Chuden Gata Hida

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu Chuden Gata Hida

Hida: With a right shuto counterstrike to the opponent's kasumi and at the same time kick to the opponent's suzu with the tip of the right foot. ~Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai. Masaaki Hatsumi.

The first part for me was getting hit in the first place, accepting the kata as as uke. Having the presence and movement to offer a good attack so there was a reason to perform the kata in the first place.


Accepting as uke that I am going to get hit, and not flinch and pull away at being hit. 

That first part was in overriding what I believed to be natural tendencies, those crude survival instincts that at best would give you a 50/50 chance of survival. I could use ukemi taihenjutsu to receive the attack, but again that would not be allowing myself to experience that kata and understand what it would do to my structure.

Take the strike and take the kick.

That does not mean just stand there and tense up.

There is an ukemi in receiving kata.

Try to be as relaxed as possible, keep the mind clear, breathe, and after the movement, recover kamae as best as possible- if that is possible.

Training both sides of the kata as both uke and tori.

How is the hand strike and the kick working like that?

How is it possible to do that?

Focusing on really trying to hit, I can hit hard, but not like that.

Both the lower and upper half going at the same time, both relaxed as they move at the same time. The more relaxed the harder they hit.

What else in that moment of feeling?

It was not the upper strike and lower strike taking my balance or knocking me down, that structure was suitably taken on the approach, everything set up before the strikes.

The only way is to experience it and receive the transmission.

Not that it means liking getting hit, accepting it.

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