Beyond the method #16


Explanation of « tsuki » (step 2)

We have seen in «Beyond the method #15» that the steps 1 and 2 are born out of one single rotation and that the step 2 is the consequence and immediate continuity of the yokomen executed in step 1.

Of course that yokomen could be prolonged by a wide gyaku yokomen crossing the second opponent. But we would then offer our back to the last two remaining opponents and we wouldn’t be able to perform ki musubi as created, i.e dealing with four opponents attacking simultaneously.

The gyaku yokomen requires to end ”slightly short” as soon as the second target is cut so we can immediately enter on the third opponent (as we’ll see in « Beyond the method #17 »).

That deceleration at the end of gyaku yokomen leads the body into that peculiar sword position (blade up) which looks so much like a tsuki.

If that strike is indeed shown as a tsuki in the method, it is only because the understanding of the causality between the steps 1 and 2 is not possible in the pedagogic form. That link can only be understood in the context of a rotation.

All that would be needed though would be to ask oneself that simple question: why that tsuki in step 2 is shown nowhere else, in none of the 7 suburi, why is it so different from the tsuki as practised in suburi 6 and 7?

Looking for an answer in the method would be pointless. Going beyond the method provides us with a better and deeper understanding: when cutting in rotation, it becomes possible to end a gyaku yokomen as a tsuki and with the feeling of a tsuki.

Philippe Voarino, October 2015.

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