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Owaza jupon for multiple randori

Sometimes someone tells you something that you already knew, but changes how they say it just a bit - just enough that it totally casts that knowledge in a different light.  That happened to me a couple of times at the recent Kondo clinic. 
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For one thing, Owaza Jupon - I've been doing this set of techniques since brown belt and It has always been my favorite kata.  It has always seemed more aiki like than the other stuff we did.
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I'd always characterized the kata as an exercise in separation (throwing as you move away from uke) and as an exercise in contrasting otoshi and guruma - and it is both of those things.  This past weekend Dr. Kondo told us that Owaza Jupon was intended to be a multiple opponents type thing.  That it is comprised of techniques that take very little time or commitment so you can do them when you are in a hurry.  That is, these techniques are good for multiple randori because you don't have to get tied up with uke for very long and because they don't tie you up with uke.
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See, I'd always known that it's a separation thing, but hadn't made the connection that the reason you separate is so that you can stay free to keep moving.  Slight spin on the idea, big wow to me.

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