Thursday, February 10, 2011

Variation: 31 jo kata - 4 directional

Here is an interesting variation of the 31 jo kata performed by Stenudd Sensei.  Typically the kata is done in a line, facing either forward or back for each move.  In this variation, he changes some of the turns to place him on all four cardinal points, similar to the shihogiri sword exercise.  This version has nice rhythm and flow, and so long as his changes do not interfere with the applications that the solo exercise is supposed to represent, this version is fine with me (as if I'm the authority on this thing).

Patrick Parker
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