What comes before technique

We do technique when uke is off posture, not to take his posture.

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Blend with the bullet

It’s very hard to catch a bullet fired from a gun, but moving at its speed, it’s easy to pick it up and put it aside.

Optimum point

The crux of technique is the point at which Tori has maximum posture and maximum projection, and Uke has minimum posture and maximum movement.

Where is Uke looking?

If uke is looking for you, he is moving;  if his gaze focuses on you, he has stopped.  And of course, we don’t want him to stop!

The Incidental Jo

The jo is incidental, peripheral to the movement:  it is hara that causes the jo to move, not the jo’s swinging that the body follows.

Vitality

Let the movement be a joyful celebration so that it uplifts, vitalises and enriches both tori and uke.

It’s not the architecture

Mostly, feeling and connection will create technique — the architecture of where your feet or hands are is less important because if the connection is there, if you are fully sensitive of your partner, then your body will naturally be in the best place.