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Why 17 fundamental techniques?

A question for Tomiki folks out there... Does it seem like there are primary and secondary techniques in Junanahon Kata?
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What I mean is this... the first 3 techniques seem to me like "primary" things that are all very likely to happen immediately in a conflict. #4 (gedanate) and #5 (ushiroate) seem like backup plans for when 1-3 go wrong. In the second set, oshitaoshi, hikitaoshi, and wakigatame seem to me like primary techniques, while the other two seem like afterthoughts. 11-16 all seem like primaries to me, but #17 seems second-class in some way.
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This may have something to do with my particular tokuiwaza (best/favorite techniques), but do you experience this sort of thing too?
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Or another way of putting it - does it seem like if someone jumped you all of a sudden on the street (or even in a knife tournament) that you'd immediately go for gedanate or udegaeshi or hikiotoshi? Sure these are things that could happen, but does that make them foundational or fundamental?
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And this brings up another question - If you buy my idea that some of the techniques in Junana seem more fundamental than others, then why didn't they narrow it down farther than the 17 techniques and let the other things just occur in randori? My fundamental randori-no-kata would probably be about a dozen instead of 17 if I were putting the kata together.

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1 comment:

  1. One, two, three and five (basics) - Gets Tori off the line of attack and attacking uke's whole body on their recovery step (The "go to" techniques).

    Four is the response to two, three and possibly five if uke raises his arm.

    Six thru nine are when Tori is on the outside of Uki's attacking arm, but distance and or timing does not allow the basic techniques, so Tori has to attack Uke's balance through the arms.

    Ten is when Tori is attacked by Uki's free hand during the other techniques.

    Eleven thru thirteen are when Tori is on the outside of Uki's attacking arm but tori's hand slips down to the wrist.

    Fourteen through seventeen are when Tori is on the inside of Uki's attacking arm, but distance and or timing does not allow for the first technique, so Tori has to attack Uke's balance through the arms.

    The idea is when you are attacked you get off the line of force, raise your hands and follow Uke's movement into one of these techniques (or variation of). You probably don't get to choose the technique. The technique chooses you.

    Disclaimer - my opinion based on my experiences

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