Here at KyuRyu we have not been filming much lately. But today I accidentally brought my camera. We have not been working anything flashy. Instead the focus is on smaller and smaller drills focusing on different expressions of balance breaking. Today I was inspired by the TaiChi classics and all it's writing on hip movement. Typically my martial work is based on foot movement, so we has fun switching up the game.
What is happening here? My partner is pushing into me, nice and even. I have to negate the power of his push with my hip motion. We found we could break the persons balance and walk them down a tight rope for a good amount of time. After we filmed we added arms and stepping and were throwing people crazy across the mat. But in the film you get only the small boring stuff, because that is the only important work.
Kenichi Sawai: Taikiken. Meiji Jingu, Tokyo
6 hours ago