Today at Senō sensei’s class more people were attending and we had two hours of taijutsu. If was pure delight.
We trained the F. A. S. T. principe in slow motion. F. A. S. T. is my acronym for “Fix And Softly Turn around”.
Uke launched a left tsuki and you wait until his fist is nearly touching you. At the last moment possible, you pivot to your left, living his fist with your left shoulder. This creates a sort of arm lock as you lock his elbow with your other shoulder. Your body is in line with his arm.
Replace your right shoulder by your hand and bring him down with a step forward.
The body moves softly and then around the fixed tsuki. If it doesn’t work, grab the left hand and rotate the body around the arm, creating some kind of omote. Lift the arm; hit the throat, the face, and then the neck with sanken.
From there either you apply:
A) a Ganseki Nage like movement: bend the the torso forward to bring him to the ground. If Uke’s left arm gets out of the lock and slides out, your left arm is there to outstretch him and continue.
B) a Ganseki Oshi like movement by: stepping over with your right leg to off balance uke. Uke’s right arm is pulled horizontally and outside, while your left arm lifts his left arm up in Ganseki.
Everything is done very softly and only with body footwork. The choice between the two movements is decided by Uke’s body reaction. Each time you fix him and turn around (FAST). This is due with small steps, very softly.
The softness of the body reactions do not alarm uke who continues in his action. When he understands that he is trapped, it is to late.
Strength is not always the best solution.
The principle used here is the usual concept from the kukishin ryû known as “teko shiten”. (1)(2)
梃 teko is the lever, and 支点 shiten, the fulcrum.
What I found remarkable is that the same concept is applied in two different ways.
In movement A, the teko and the shiten are applied on the same point, here the arm. This is the usual application of the concept.
But in movement B, Senō sensei dissociated the two. The lever was still done in the arm but the fulcrum was fine by the right foot placed to hinder the right foot of uke.
I have been playing a lot with this principle but I never thought of using them in a double location. The applications for it are endless.
These small discoveries are why it is always refreshing to come and train in Japan with the best. (3)
3. The “refreshing” part does not concern the heat which was too much.