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If we didn't want new and exciting challenges, then I suppose we wouldn't have signed up for Judo, would we? We started some work on the GNK the other night, and I'm excited about the possibilities it presents.
The reason I went for it so suddenly after just tossing the idea around is that my big man - the big kid, at 19 - has applied himself very diligently to light and efficient Judo. I must have convinced him that strength is not the final measure of a man, and he's worked very seriously at being light. In some respects he's made rapid progress. Some throws are very good already. On the throws he can't get the hang of just yet, he still wants to be efficient - "quick and dirty," we call it.

The Gonosen No Kata is a series of attacks and counters. Uke attacks with a particular throw, something recognizable and common from the Gokyo, and tori answers it, similarly with a conventional throw. The skill being addressed for tori is two-fold: negating the attack and commencing his attack immediately thereafter. So, yes, two things are happening, yet efficiency is the aim, so the tai sabaki negating the attack should BE the tai sabaki setting the stage for the counter, or at least the phases progress as seamlessly as possible.

That final bit is a definition to be refined as we go along. As we start, we're focusing on the most immediate issues. For example, we started with Ko Soto Gake countered by tai otoshi. I had to teach the gang Ko Soto Gake first. We had to nail down what was essential to make that work, and then, knowing that, one could know how to foil the throw by denying the attacker a critical element of his set up. We constructed the throw and then denied it by deconstructing it.
The instructions on how to do that, by the way, are in the kata. If uke attacks your right foot with Ko Soto Gake, you can turn 90 degrees to your left and put your weight safely back on that left foot. What you've done is denied uke control of your center. Remember in that last entry how the big guy was struggling with Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi because he hadn't taken control of my entire center? Now I was showing him, and others, how to take control of someone's center of gravity - and then feel what it's like when they lose it.
The first component of that tai sabaki in the GNK is tori's regaining control over his center of gravity. The interest I have in the GNK is how far reaching it will be in teaching one to keep or regain his center under duress in varying and multiple contexts. Yes, there will be the literal lessons, along the lines of 'If throw A, then Counter B,' but I want to see if this new adventure can set the mind racing the way the KNK did.

On a more or less related note, would this paragraph below sound like something I might say?

"The throws of jujitsu are achieved by the mechanical force of your center of gravity playing against
opponent's center of gravity.
The center of gravity is contained in the lower abdomen, therefore the proper disposition of your lower
abdomen is the most important factor in any given trick.
Conversely the object of your exertions against an opponent is to out-think his center of gravity, by
maneuvering him into a position where his lower abdomen is off balance.
An old Japanese master, mentioned in the chapter on "A demonstration in Pain-bearing" (which will follow indue course), told me once when I was very much discouraged at the progress was making, that

Hyaku ii-yasushi
Ichi ii-gatashi.
Which, being interpreted, means:
The hundred tricks are easy to learn
But the one principle is difficult to learn.
On asking him to be kind enough to impart this one principle to me, he informed me that that could only be
acquired after years of practice.
This elusive principle, which the Japanese professors make you search out for yourself, this course imparts
from the start by means of Stahara training. "

That's from a 1920 treatise on Ju Jitsu. It's occurred to me a number of times over the years that I'm not even studying Judo. I'm doing old Ju Jitsu, especially in view of what the word Judo has come to mean nowadays.

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