The following principles are what
all Shito-Ryu practitioners strive to master. Although
it is an endless task...
Like a falling flower
To block with such force that if the technique were
applied to the trunk of a tree it would lose all
of its flowers. A block should be executed so decisively
that it not only halts an opponents attack
but utterly defeats it with a single technique.
Like flowing water
To flow with your opponents movements, using them
against him and as an aid to your defense. Respond
to your opponent using fluid movement.
("Darting out and in") Control of an attack
that uses body movement originating in the knees.
Keep your spine straight and use your knees to control
your height, giving you balance and the strength
of your legs so that little effort is required to
control the attack. Springing. A reflexive, darting
"out and in" kind of body shifting from
here to see some samples of Kusshin in action
||Kokutsu Gedan Barai
Tai sabaki,(rolling the body by stepping out)
Essentially avoiding your opponents attack
using body movement. Stepping out in all directions.
When the need arises, respond to your opponents
attacks with decisive, powerful counter-attacks.
By utilizing the first four principles you may never
need to implement the fifth, but if required you
should apply you whole mind and body to the counter.
Jodan Tsuki Uke