By Pertti Ruha
As I previously wrote, this kind of exchange is not a large part of kumiuchi.
However, We define the term “strike” (uchi or da; 打) more like the old Vikings made the book of law Grey Goose Laws, i.e., nature is all forms of attacks and counter-attacks, including throws, holds, locks, kind of battle gear and throw projectiles.
The goal of the strike is to always turn against the body’s weakest points with atemi (body strikes; 当身) and the weaknesses of the opponent’s psyche with ateki (energy strikes; 当氣). The latter in Togakure-ryu Ninpō taijutsu, was called the kihaku waza (spirit techniques; 気迫).
Usually ken (fist;拳), as found in dakentaijutsu (打拳体術) is interpreted as the “fist”, but in our conceptual world this includes all forms of corporal weapons and handheld weapons that can reinforce a strike. It also covers all forms psychotropic attacks and therefore it is better to translate “ken” to effectors, which is a wider and more abstract interpretation.
In reality, we mix “atemi” and “ateki” alternately according to a concept called “kyōjitsu “and there are sixteen forms of strike for both atemi and ateki listed in the hiken juroppō ken (The hidden fists of the sixteen fist methods; 秘拳十六法拳).
Striking fast is not an end, but as it says in the old documents, it is vital to strike against Kyūsho (急所) from the closest possible distance and with the body (Kukan). That’s the secret. You start by striking properly against kyōshō:
- Henka ken (variation fists; 変化拳 )
- Itami uchi (painful strike; 痛打)
- Tsukami dori (Catching grab; 掴捕)
- Itami osae (pressing with pain; 痛押) or Itami dori (painful grab; 痛捕)
- Henka keri (variation kick; 変化蹴)
- Kogeri henka (Small kick variations; 小蹴変化)
- Ken nagashi (flowing fist; 拳流) aka Tedama dori (grabbing the jewel with the hand; 手玉捕)
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