Spiritual Gravity

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The Seventeen: 15. Mae Otoshi

The 15th technique in "The 17" kata is called mae otoshi, or forward drop. This technique is a response to a shiho nage where, at the end of the hip switch, the attacker turns away and tries to pull free.... Continue Reading →


The Seventeen: 14. Shiho Nage

Shiho nage (also sometimes called tenkai kotegaishi) is the 14th move in "The Seventeen" kata. It begins with a balance break using the "inside butterfly" grip (resulting in an arm coil). Like in shomenate, tori ends up in a potentially... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 13. Tenkai Kote Hineri

Tenkai kote hineri is the 13th technique of "The Seventeen" kata. It translates to rotating wrist twist. In this technique, tori does the balance break using the "outside butterfly" grip while evading with a sideways or "goblet" step. As the... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 12. Kote Gaeshi

Kote gaeshi is the 12th technique in "The Seventeen" kata. Translating to "wrist twist", this move results when the attacker is able to push his way out of kote hineri. As the attacker completes his recovery step from kote hineri,... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 11. Kote Hineri

The 11th move in Ju Nana Hon (The Seventeen) kata is called kote hineri. Translating to "wrist twist", this technique appears very similar to oshi taoshi. However, this move requires tori to be even more fine-tuned in the response to... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 10. Waki Gatame

The 10th move in "The Seventeen" kata is called waki gatame. It translates to "side arm lock". In waki gatame, tori executes the balance break using what we call an "up butterfly" grip, with the thumbs catching the bottom of... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 9. Ude Hineri

The ninth move in "The Seventeen" kata is called ude hineri. It translates to "arm twist". This move is a failure of hiki taoshi, in the event that the attacker is able to pull his/her arm back away from tori.... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen:8. Hiki Taoshi

Until this point, the kata we have learned in "The Seventeen" have mainly involved pushing. In hiki taoshi, however, we use pulling (not with the arm, but the entire body). Using the outside butterfly grip, tori executes the balance break.... Continue Reading →

The Seventeen: 7. Ude Gaeshi

The seventh technique in "The Seventeen" is called ude gaeshi. It translates to "arm reversal" and is a failure of the sixth technique, oshi taoshi. In ude gaeshi, uke attempts to push free of oshi taoshi. As this happens, tori... Continue Reading →

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