Sanjugokajo-30 Comparing heights – Feb 17, 2015, Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan

Comparing heights is the teaching that, if you are clinging to the body of your opponent, you should do this in such a manner as if you were wrestling for size, that is to say you should expand your body as strongly as possible, so that you appear larger than your opponent at all times.

The rhythm of this clinging to the opponent’s body is again identical with that of the previous article.

This should be carefully considered.


We have discussed the striving to overtop your opponent when we come close together, this is so that we cover all of his body and thus ensure that he shrinks back onto his heels.

Of course, it helps if you are larger than most of those you might meet in a fight. Musashi was, by all means, a large fellow. Haruna sensei practiced in a dojo next door to the Musashi museum in Okayama. He once mimed putting on Musashi’s mempo (face mask) by cupping his face in his hands and then shaking his head back and forth to explain just how large Musashi was.

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