In the Tomiki system of Aikido there is a short 2 man kata. I learned it as the Musubi Renshu (entanglement exercise) in the Jiyushinkai. I believe it is more popularly known as the hanasu no kata (release kata)
When I learned this kata in a very rigid and formal structure. People tend to train using the same setup, same mai, same set of circumstances. This is all fine, I like solving problems using the movement principles the kata suggests. However I like to constantly throw problems into the system. Circumstances should never be comfortable.
Tonight Michael and I had a workout that demonstrates the KyuRyu method of decoding kata. In my mind, each technique is a kata unto itself. It becomes a launching point for creativity. Tonight we did an hour and a half of the release kata and we never got past the first motion. The first motion is called the Hon Soto Hanasu. (basic outside release)
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