Kaeshi waza – Counter techniques. The presented counter techniques are only a small selection of options within the plurality of counter-attacking, and have no. Irimi Nage No Kaeshi Waza. Sections. Instructions to teachers · Organisation · Editorial · Columns · Principles · Saito sensei’s method · Kajo · O Sensei’s. Kaeshi Waza The counter techniques must only be taught when the student has acquired a good knowledge of all the **basic techniques**, ie approximately at.
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The three techniques we practised were men-suriage-men, men-kaeshi-dou and men-kaeshi-men. The first two techniques are old favourites, probably because raising the shinai to deflect or block a downward cut is relatively easy for a smaller person against a taller opponent.
Kaeshi -men however is a challenge, because taller opponents will often have their hands in a higher position than mine, so that when I try to return the men strike I hit their shinai rather than an open men.
So if you block on omote you return the strike to ura and vice versa. On a practical level, I teach kenshi of all heights, so I need to know the technique well enough to demonstrate it to people who might find it useful.
I also do from time to time come into contact with shorter opponents, so it is worth keeping in reserve for these rare occasions. I also think that we should practise all kendo techniques on a regular basis, whether or not they are our favourites. Reasons for regularly working on a wide repertoire of techniques are numerous. So for example, if you are receiving on omote, you do so as you make a diagonal step with the left foot and strike as your right foot moves into place.
So for me, whilst it is unlikely that I will get any taller, using this technique at least acts as a reminder that my feet should be in the right place when I make a strike. Most kendoka have had the experience when making a well-timed dou strike, of hearing the dull crunch of shinai against muscle and bone instead of the expected crack of bamboo against lacquer, or Yamato material.
Our normal reaction is to blame ourselves for hitting off target, but in many cases it is our opponent who is at fault for pulling his elbows down to his side to avoid being hit. The logic of this kaeshi-wazz me.
By taking such a defensive action, he loses the ability to respond with a technique of his own and whilst my knowledge of orthopaedic surgery is slight to say the least, I imagine that the pain and inconvenience caused by serious elbow injury outweighs the shame of having your dou hit.
This type of behaviour is not limited to dou and is not just reserved for shiai. I see many kenshi busily blocking attacks to dou, men and kote in their normal keiko as if the objective of their practice is not to be hit, rather than making successful strikes themselves.
This is rather like an archer being unable to shoot an arrow because he is afraid of the bow string hitting his kzeshi-waza. It is worth remembering that kendo is a Zen martial art and that our objective is self-improvement through rigorous, unselfconscious training. In a nutshell this means we learn as much from being hit as we learn from hitting. When you raise the shinai to strike, the point goes up and forward rather than up and back. Even when you block to make kaeshi-waza, if your kissaki is moving forward, you are able to block and strike in one movement, turning a defensive action into an attacking move.
When shinai tips move backwards, postures often crumble and it is if you are rolling yourself into a ball like a frightened hedgehog. So next time you hit an elbow, give yourself the benefit of the doubt and encourage your keiko partner to worry about your men rather than kadshi-waza own dou.
While these terms sound suitably esoteric, if you rearrange the order and group the techniques that represent these categories, you get a basic common-sense list of which waza work in which circumstances.
Using the sansappo to order techniques in this kaeshi-saza helps me to put them into a framework, but there are a number of other useful ways to understand the kaeshi-waaz of timing and opportunity.
The concept of Sen, Sen no Sen and Go no sen is equally effective. This relates to striking before your opponent does, as he starts to strike and finally after he starts his attack. In this case the Shikai or four sicknesses of surprise, fear, doubt and confusion kyo, ku, gi, waku can be exploited as attacking opportunities. The challenge for most of us though is not to understand the theory but to put it into practice.
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A comment on an old post on suriage men arrived yesterday. This plus a session that I ran in the dojo this week on ojiwaza invigorated my kaeehi-waza in exploring the subject a little more.
A professional educator friend told me never to tell people what not to do, but to accentuate the positive actions that they should be taking. Nevertheless I am going to point out what does not work when making oji techniques:.
At the risk of confusing readers, one of the biggest problems we encounter in ojiwaza practice drills is in starting your counter attack before the opponent starts his strike. Because it is a drill we obviously know what is coming, so we are tempted to attack too early. I often see what should be kaeahi-waza men turn into debana men. This last point applies equally to drills and to jigeiko and shiai. If from chudan you squeeze the shinai gently with the little finger kaeshi-wsza you right hand, your point will move towards his left eye.
More often than not this will make him attack your men at a time when your energy is focussed and you are able to respond immediately with suriage men or kaeshi dou. Move the shinai slightly to his right and he is likely to attack your kote leaving you set up to make kote suriage men. One effective way is to practice oji waza was taught by Chiba sensei. The class forms groups of between five and nine. Everyone takes a turn as motodachi and the rest of the group are split into two smaller groups one facing him and one behind.
Each makes either a men or kote attack, either at random or the group in front attacks men and the group behind kote.
Motodachi faces each in turn, turning from group to group and makes the appropriate oji technique, remembering to invite the attack in his or her own timing. The key point is to control the timing of the attack by holding and breaking centre in the way described.
Aikido Techniques – Kaeshiwaza: Counter Techniques
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Ken wo korosu — kill kaeshu-waza sword Waza wo korosu — kill the technique Ki wo korosu — kill the spirit While these terms sound suitably esoteric, if you rearrange the order and group the techniques that represent these categories, you get a basic common-sense list of which waza work in which circumstances. Ki wo korosu — equals seme. Ken wo korosu — You break his kamae by moving his shinai with your own.
Ways to do this include harai, osae, uchiotoshi and maki waza. Effectively you sweep, push, knock down or twist his shinai away from his centre, leaving the door open for your attack. Waza wo korosu — This covers the whole range of oji waza. You make him attack and take the opportunity to destroy his technique and beat him with your own. To do this you can select from a menu of debana, suriage, kaeshi and nuki techniques. kaesji-waza
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