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    Just read KW's 51st AJKC coverage and the part about Shodai Kenji's katate renzoku waza (p.9 bottom right) sparked an interest.

    Are katate waza ever done from chudan? Have you ever seen them used as such in shiai? Also what should one using katate waza keep in mind with regards to tenouchi?

    I would ask sensei, but he would tell me to worry doing it properly with two hands first.

    <rei>

  • #2
    Yes, you can use katate waza from chudan, but most chudan players dont have the wrist strength to do them effectivly.
    I've seen it used in shiai, but I've never seen it score.
    One I was taught recently was katsugi-men, but doing it katate instead..
    Tenouchi is the same as in chudan.

    Jakob

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply.

      Originally posted by JSchmidt
      most chudan players dont have the wrist strength to do them effectivly
      Following that, do you do anything to build wrist strength apart from katate suburi?

      Also, at exactly what point during a cut does your right hand leave the shinai?

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      • #4
        When I started jodan, I had one of those funky weights you'll see at some kendo-suppliers, fanshaped, with a sword-like handle.
        It was great for using in the office and it doesnt stress the wrist as much as katate-suburi can.
        I can't speak much of doing katate-waza from chudan, but in jodan, you use the right thumb to flick the shinai forward, which you do at about nose-height. (Varies with the type of cut).
        I do occasionally practice katate kote-men (in kihon), but at the moment it's more an interesting exercise rather than something I plan to use (In the near future anyway).

        Jakob

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        • #5
          Might sound stupid but what exactly are katate waza?

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          • #6
            It's a misspelling of "karate-waza", which refers to the cross-sport potential between karate and kendo.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shiro
              Might sound stupid but what exactly are katate waza?
              Cuts using only the left hand. Generally used from jodan no kamae. The advantage is that you get a bit of extra reach, but it kills your left wrist.

              katate kote men... one day.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JSchmidt
                in jodan, you use the right thumb to flick the shinai forward, which you do at about nose-height.
                That's an interesting technique, I've never seen it before. I don't think you'll get much speed out of your thumb though.

                The two most common techniques are to use the right hand to throw the shinai forward with the left hand finishing, or to use the right hand to hold the shinai back whilst keeping a lot of tension in the left hand. The former leads to a kamae where the shinai is angled back more, while the latter has the shinai more like jodan in kata. I think of the latter as the "wound spring" approach and find it works very well. It has the disadvantage of being hard on your left hand, I find my hand gets sore if I practice this a lot.

                Someone mentioned katate-katsugi-men. In this case the wound spring approach works very well - as your bring the shinai back with your right hand, keep a lot of tension in the left. Then as you bring your left hand forward and let go with the right, the tension will cause the shinai to snap forward sharply.

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                • #9
                  before our class was doing uchikomi with katate... does anybody else find katate do difficult? (most members of our club got hit on, lower waist/upper side chest..)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Anjin-san
                    Just read KW's 51st AJKC coverage and the part about Shodai Kenji's katate renzoku waza (p.9 bottom right) sparked an interest.

                    Are katate waza ever done from chudan? Have you ever seen them used as such in shiai? Also what should one using katate waza keep in mind with regards to tenouchi?

                    I would ask sensei, but he would tell me to worry doing it properly with two hands first.

                    <rei>
                    Hey, you need to worry about doing it properly with two hands first. BAKA!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      ignore the above...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill
                        That's an interesting technique, I've never seen it before. I don't think you'll get much speed out of your thumb though.

                        The two most common techniques are to use the right hand to throw the shinai forward with the left hand finishing, or to use the right hand to hold the shinai back whilst keeping a lot of tension in the left hand. The former leads to a kamae where the shinai is angled back more, while the latter has the shinai more like jodan in kata. I think of the latter as the "wound spring" approach and find it works very well. It has the disadvantage of being hard on your left hand, I find my hand gets sore if I practice this a lot.

                        Someone mentioned katate-katsugi-men. In this case the wound spring approach works very well - as your bring the shinai back with your right hand, keep a lot of tension in the left. Then as you bring your left hand forward and let go with the right, the tension will cause the shinai to snap forward sharply.
                        Neil, I think he's referring to the right hand basically pushing off the shinai and using the left hand to hit in jodan kamae. Pushing off with the thumb is what Tenken and my sensei taught us to do when we do jodan.
                        As for katate waza to count, I heard that the arm has to be extended fully out. It can't be bent at all. Well as far as yoko-men goes, that's what I heard.

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                        • #13
                          That's interesting. I must admit I don't have a lot of data points to go on here. Do you keep your thumb lined up with the tsuru all the time?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill
                            That's interesting. I must admit I don't have a lot of data points to go on here. Do you keep your thumb lined up with the tsuru all the time?
                            Pretty much..I keep it on the seam of the tsuka, like shown here:
                            http://www.halifaxkendo.org/Jodanwaza/p151.jpg
                            (Good book, btw)
                            I played around abit with the 'tension' technique, but as you said, it's very hard on the left wrist and I found that I only got half the speed of the 'throwing' technique. (Well, it felt alot slower anyway).

                            Jakob

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JSchmidt
                              I played around abit with the 'tension' technique, but as you said, it's very hard on the left wrist and I found that I only got half the speed of the 'throwing' technique. (Well, it felt alot slower anyway).
                              I went the other way on the advice of Tsumura-sensei (very senior guy here in Canada), and it worked 100% better (corroborated by those dojo-mates on the receiving end).

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