Sweet.  We went through Kumijo 4 and 5.  Then we linked 3 and 4, and 4 and 5, which led to a review of the first 5 Kumijo, all linked together.

Here’s what we were using for the links:

  1. From 1 to 2:  After uchijo parries with migi kaeshi barai, instead of thrusting, he steps back and parries uchikomi with hidari kaeshi barai, and then thrusts directly to the face to start Kumijo 2.  Ukejo simply changes the grip on the jo and parries with jodan choku barai.
  2. From 2 to 3:  This one is really fun.  First the tempo is changed slightly.  After parrying the jodan gaeshi uchi to the left leg, instead of waiting, he attacks with hidari choku tsuki as soon as uchijo prepares the next attack.  Uchijo, instead of thrusting, moves the jo to a hidari gedan gaeshi parry, and then gives the jo a half turn to make hidari tsuki no kamae.  Uchijo then thrusts at the knee as in Kumijo 3.  Ukejo uses a similar movement to parry as in 3.
  3. From 3 to 4:  This was another fun one, probably our favorite.  Ukejo strikes with nidan nagare tsuki, flowing past the first parry to the side and landing a finishing blow to Uchijo’s chest.  The first thrust is parried as in the Kumijo, and when the second one comes, Uchijo lets go of the jo with his left hand, and moving forward, uses a katate kasa barai (single hand umbrella parry) to defend and counter attack with katate toma uchi.  Ukejo has to move back and parry with migi kaeshi barai.  Uchijo then attacks with hidari choku tsuki, and Ukejo moves to hidari katate toma no kamae, as in Kumijo 4.  UPDATED: We have revised the transition from 3 to 4.  Uchi now uses a (3) katate uke nagashi while stepping forward to migi hanmi.  Uchi then attacks with (4) katate gyakute tsuki, and uke defends by stepping back with migi kaeshi barai (note: in application, uke would use kaeshi barai as a strike to uchi’s right hand).  Uchi then (5) steps forward to hidari tsuki no kamae, and uke (5) steps back to hidari tsuki no kamae.
  4. From 4 to 5:  Instead of committing to the choku tsuki, Uchijo wards off gyaute tsuki with a barai movement, knocking the jo away.  Ukejo has to release his grip with the right hand.  As Uchijo attacks with jodan choku tsuki, Ukejo parries with jodan choku barai, as in Kumijo 5.

Video coming SOON.


One Response to TODAY WAS ALL JO.

  1. Alex says:

    Can’t wait to see the video. Ours is at , performed by Arturo Navarro Sensei (Godan Iwama Ryu) and Juan Martínez Domenech (Nidan iwama Ryu).

    Thanks for the post, as always!

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