Today’s topic: Yon no Jo.

Here we go!!!  Katate Toma Uchi!  That’s a Tom and Jerry fantasy to me.  Anyways, here we go.  Uchijo attacks with hidari chudan choku tsuki, and then takes a large step back and uses the jo the screen himself from katate toma uchi, and attacks once more with choku tsuki.  Short and sweet.


When uchi attacks with hidari chudan choku tsuki, uke makes a large slide back to the right rear and prepares to attack with katate toma uchi.  This is because haya gaeshi won’t reach, uchi is to far away.

  • Uchijo: Hidari Chudan Choku Tsuki
  • Ukejo: Hidari Katate Toma Uchi no Kamae


Uke steps forward and whips out katate toma uchi.  Uchi takes a slide back and holds the jo overhead diagonally.  This is different from jodan dome barai, as in “san” in the 31 no jo, where a length of the jo is extended toward the partner and used to ward off a strike.  Uchi holds the jo at the end with the right hand, and near the end, about 7-8 inches away from the end, with the left hand.  He zones away and uses the jo to “screen” beneath.  If goes well, the toma uchi strike will graze the middle section of the jo, and not uchi’s head or hands.  Uchi does not expect to block this strike at all.  In the “old” version of this, uchi was required to raise the left leg and take a really cool looking “crane” stance.  This is because katate toma uchi is a strike that goes from high to low, and the target could also be uchi’s lead knee.  This is not the current practice, but I still practice it.

  • Ukejo: Migi Katate Toma Uchi
  • Uchijo: Hidari Kasa Dome (as if taking shade from underneath an umbrella)


Uchi attacks again with hidari chudan choku tsuki.  Uke uses irimi footwork to avoid the thrust.  The lead right foot must move first, followed the rear right foot, which moves in such a way that uke faces uchi in migi hanmi.  Stephanie Sensei told us this at a seminar: “Distance and direction.  When you move from hanmi to hanmi, the first foot determines the distance, and the second foot determines the direction.”  While uke moves, he finishes with migi gyakute tsuki down into uchi’s chest.

  • Uchijo: HIdari Chudan Choku Tsuki
  • Ukejo: Migi Gyakute Tsuki


From Yon to Go, the tempo changes.  Instead of attacking again, uke wards off the gyakute tsuki with a uchi choku barai movement.  Uke lets the jo flow with chudan gaeshi as in 28-29 of the 31 Kumijo, and makes hidari tsuki no kamae.  Uchi thrusts again for Go no Jo.

Next topic: Go no Jo.


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