Never give up, never surrender – Jan 27, 2016, Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan


While doing jodo last evening we got onto the topic of winding up and its cousin, falling back on your heels whenever you stop moving.

Never give up territory that you own, and never surrender an inch while you’re starting the kata.

On the windup, get all that stuff over with before you have to move in a kata. Drop your weight onto the correct foot (bend the other knee), put the hand into the position that it launches from (no sense pulling it back before you shove it forward). Take a breath so you don’t have to suck in oxygen while there’s a sword coming down on your head.

While inside the kata if there’s a stop called for, stop as if you’re half way through a movement and got frozen in place. Don’t stop, rock back on your heels, move away from the opponent, and then have to activate all those muscles again to start forward once more.

Both these things mean there is no pressure on your partner.

Never give up, never surrender.

Kim Taylor
Jan 27, 2016

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