In the clip, the sôke Hatsumi sensei shows different points of Koto-ryū koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術) through the technique of the Shoden No Kata (初伝型), Yokuto (抒投).
From the unit to the multiplicity. “shoden” (初伝) is “okuden” (奥伝) and “okuden” is “shoden”, the basic transmission contains the secret transmission and vice versa… The search without end nor beginning of the comprehension with the mind, the body and the heart of the interior of the hands, body and the essence of the master and his current (流).
The repetitive practice of the basics is vital and necessary for any follower of “kobujutsu” (古武術), nevertheless it is not a question of sowing a mechanical practice, with rigid seeds and without life. Through the conscious repetition one wants to cultivate a deep sensation of the movement of the body, the interior of the body is visualized, the practitioner wants to feel the body, a state of movement is created where every repetition is a call of the practitioner to the unit with the technique in a deep relation with his body and spirit.
This unit in the technique will take the practitioner to a multiplicity in the strategy; this strategy can be understood in the “kobujutsu” as “Heihô” or “Hyôhô” (兵法).
During the clip the sôke shows many henka of the original waza of Yokuto. (hen (変) Ka (化)).
I want to share words of the Dr.Kacem Zougahri about the henka:
“There is an other word, Henkei (変形). Here the second Kanji, kei (形), means «shape», «mold», «form», «structure». Henkei refer to that the technique, a strike, a lock, a way to use or hold the weapon, a direction of the feet, angle of strike or apply the technique, etc. change according to a situation where the previous technique applied could not work for many reasons (body wounded, slide, rain, snow, psychological problem, clothes, eat to much, stronger enemy, etc.). But the application of the Henkei is also part of the Henka, it’s more about the form of the technique, the body, etc.
The Henka is and was considered as Gokui or Kyukoku Ôgi, or Ogi, which means the highest and deepest state of applying a technique and reading the enemy’s movement. When the master could remember it, after trying to refine the state of body and mind he had when the Henka happened, those Henka as well as the Henkei were written in order to be practiced. But the problem is that many students and disciples took this as a Kata sometimes and forgot to practice what was the more important, which is what led and drove to the Henka.”
All the interview of Dr. Kacem Zoughari:
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