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"Uke No Gogensoku"
Shito-Ryu's Special Five Principles of Defense

DEMONSTRATED BY GENZO IWATA SENSEI, 7TH DAN JKF SHITO-KAI
ASSISTED BY MURAYAMA ALONSO SENSEI, 4TH DAN JKF SHITO-KAI AND NAKAYAMA SENSEI

 

  • RAKKA (Flower Falling Down)
    Concept of striking at the base of a tree with such tremendous force to knock the flowers (blossoms) off the branches. Hard blocking applying sudden maximum power with a twisting action executed to literally stop the opponent's attack and destroy his confidence.

      



  • RYUSU (Flowing Water-like Movement or Fluid Motion)
    Concept of soft blocking or absorbing the attack and re-directing it using circular or deflecting blocks or parrys, in a fluid movement.

      



  • TENI (Taisabaki-like Body Movement )
    Concept of shifting or turning away from opponent's attack or avoiding his attack by applying evasive body movement.




  • KUSHIN (Bending or Springing Action Originating in Knees)
    Concept of an immediate shifting of stance from one type to another (e.g.- Moto dachi/Neko-ashi dachi/Moto dachi) or a reflexive darting away then returning back immediately type of body shifting from any angle.

      
      
      


  • HANGEKI (Counter Attack or "Go No Sen")
    Concept of generating a powerful attacking action as an effective counter defense (e.g.- Tsuki Uke or Wa Uke).

      

 

References/Bibliography

  1. Photographs of Iwata Sensei and Murayama Sensei taken from Seikan Karate-do Magazine. Tokyo, Japan.  Vol. 257 - December 1995.

  2. Photographs of Iwata Sensei and Nakayama Sensei taken from Seikan Karate-do Magazine. Tokyo, Japan.  Vol. 305 - July 1998.

  3. Sells John. Shito-ryu Karate, Okinawa's Not So Hidden Secret: Karate Magazine Article.

  4. Mabuni Kenei/Nakahashi Hidetoshi. Karate-do Shito-ryu. Paris, France: SEDIREP, 1989.

  5. Moledzki Sam. Personal Data Archives.

 

 

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