You may wish to address the start of the movement which is quite difficult, and of which the description seems missing.
Something else that needs to be addressed and which not a single book or video addresses, are the consequences of difference in height. Since I am in an evil mood today, I will ask the question: Who knows ?
What if the difference in height is such that it is impossible to hold the arm in 90degree position and be on uke's chest ? How should it be resolved ?
I agree with you, no books ever deal with height or weight etc. I have NEVER had the priviledge of practicing any kata with a partner equal size and weight This has been a very strong point for me in the end as it truly taught me to adapt to a lot of different situations in randori.
It is the achievement that we need to look at and not only how it is achieved. The extedned Right arm of uke may be placed across ukes body from shoulder to hip in required as long as the hand of uke is palm down, and the back nor front of the hand is used to push. I pray you are not going to suggest what I have seen in the past and that is tori may bend his Right arm and drop his elbow to his Right hip thus lowering his Right forearm? The falsehood of doing such a thing woul be to have the energy from the hara exit from the elbow at the bend and not flow down the arm giving the arm purpose from shoulder to to the tip of the fingers.
To address one of Sir Harrys point, the correct time to drop onto the knee and make the final action in the destruction of uke IS the point of this action. I cannot tell you, it is only felt and for me to say you should drop after one step or two steps or three etc or when uke is brerathing out or in, or when uke head is back.........ALL these come to to play and the most I ever achieve is a theatre action where uke does me the favor of going down and 'playing his part'. This is wrong and pointless but I may one day catch an uke?
In the real world of self defence would uke take a big step back or tai sabaki, of course he would and not tori would ever run past ann uke placing his back to an uke, suicide. This is not the point of this kata but is the point of the Kime and goshinjutsu kata. The INK is an elevated kata that combines shu-ha,ri and this is the goal of the INK. Can it be achieved, I guess so but it is not always a good thing to get what we want, perhaps the real lessons in this kata are about learning to strive for perfection in movement, shu, and then developiong our ha and finaly the ri?
Back to CKSensei. I thought I had explained the first few seconds of the action?
Uke stands well in front of tori. Distance will depend on several things mainly the size of the pair. Tori will stand collecting his thoughts and placing them away making his mind concentrate without trying to concentrate on the action ahead. Tori bends to his left corner taking his arms back to his left side. This is a very interesting part of the action as it represents two actions in one, the death of the previous wave and the birth of a new one. Tori breaths out as his arms sway backward representing the void from that previous unseen wave. Tori will then take both his arms forward and taking steps toward uke will start to trot toward uke raising both those arms collecting as he runs all the energy possible to break on the shore ahead. Toris arm should stretch and hands should tingle with the stretching and controlled inward breathing.
Tori, as he passes uke, will have his arms raised out and up toward the corners of the dojo. I have been taught to actualy take my arms up to touch the ceiling, I dont use this manner but take my arms out to my side at shoulder height and point them at corner level so it is a compromise between touching the ceiling in a verticle sense and the other way of keeping the arms out to the side in a parallel fashion.
I have seen the head of tori bow down to the floor at the initial take of and birth of tha action, I was taught and practice to take my haed back with my arms but keep my haed up and not allow my posture to break. Having a rubber body would help ans this is the action of water and a wave, powerful yet soft, hard yet supple, fast but controling, controling but smooth. A step with the left foot should be taken back at the initial start off. I have seen a step forward with the right though.
How am I doing? I wanted to complete the fifth action this evening but it is now 12 12 AM here.
Let me have a drink and I may have a bash at the last action. Phew.
This post has been edited by Hanon: 01 October 2008 - 11:22 PM