Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ananuj is Junana backwards

Tomiki defined seventeen fundamental techniques, uncreatively called Junana Hon Kata (seventeen fundamental forms). In our school and a bunch of related schools, Junana makes up most of the material between white and black belt. We require #1-5 for green belt, #6-10 for the next belt, #11-14 for the next belt, and #15-17 for the next belt. This learning system works pretty good for us.
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But one problem with this organization, particularly in smaller classes where the senior students always have to work with beginners, is that if we go in order through Junana (or through any subset of it) we rarely get to practice the higher rank requirements. Sure, my guys end up being the ultimate masters of techniques #1-5, but we don't get to practice floating throws (#15-17) very much. Even if I break up the class and have the brown belts doing their thing while someone else works with the beginners, they tend to beat #15 to death, get a little less practice at #16, and not see #17 very much at all.
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One solution, both simple and obvious, is to work the rank requirements backwards at least occasionally if not more often than that. This way, the stuff at the end gets some practice too.
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Work on Ananuj instead of Junana - and I think you'll make some progress on #17 and #16.

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