Jodori, henkawaza

This is a series of stills I pulled from some video clips of this week’s training. We are doing a jodori variation.
Uke: Patrick Brown
Nage: Autrelle Holland
Camera holder person: Heather Vega

1. This first photo is just the start. Uke attacks with a yokomen to the right side of my head.

2. Next is the initial awase. On this sort of attack, you can match the strike right at the outside of the wrist, but you have to catch it rather early. Also, you have to angle your own head out of the path that the jo takes, or you will smack yourself in the face with it.

3. The awase finished. I have completed my entry to his side, and there is an obvious atemi with the left hand to the face that is implied but not performed. For this waza, the left hand moves in a way similar to kaiten nage.

4. Here, I start unbalancing uke with pressing his neck down toward his off-balance position. A few things are worth mentioning here in this still. One, I could opt to finish with a choke by bringing the left hand across the front of uke’s neck and clasping my right hand which is behind the neck. From that grasp, I can also finish by throwing forward with a kubi nage technique. I’m using the left hand to monitor his right arm by pressing his elbow into his side and supress it’s movement so that I can safely continue.

5. My unbalanced partner. The only thing worth mentioning here is that he releases the jo with the right hand to catch his balance. The jo is already half disarmed! Stepping on that hand with shoes in a combative scenario is fine, and leads to different waza.

6. Here, what’s a little hard to see is that I stomp the jo to finish the disarm. This should work if the jo is held with one hand or two. In a combat scenario, continuing to hold the jo would find uke with his hand (s) pinned to with it to ground, with his hands being scraped on said ground, and open to obvious knees and fists. You can disarm a knife similarly, assuming you have shoes on. I don’t recommend doing this with a katana in mind, since in the speed of it all, you might stomp down on an edge up blade, which would suck.

7. Here, my responsible uke, gives a last ditch effort of attack, and lashes out with a rather wild roundhouse type swing. Instead of blocking, I zone away from it and finish by turning 180 degrees and finishing kokyunage.

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