Mostly, we have been working on Shinzato Sensei's relaxed koshi principles. These are pretty much 180 degrees reverse of what we practiced for years. Someday, I may write about some of the transitions we have made throughout the years, but not today.
Here are a few ideas from our training at this time...
- Start relaxed, stay relaxed, end relaxed
- Open the koshi and let the joints relax.
- Don't use muscular strength. Align the bones and simply extend.
- Sink, then sink a little more, and extend.
- To transfer power, extend more quickly.
- Let the top half of the body float on the bottom half.
- Keep your centerline vertical.
- "Test" the techniques with a partner to see if you can extend or retract them easily without tensing.
- Don't tuck, don't squeeze, don't use your shoulders, don't wiggle your hips, don't over-extend, don't rotate, don't breathe hard and don't push.
- Believe that it can work
We still do a lot of Naihanchi!