Aikido Suburi: 13 Jo kata
13 jo kata video diary
I arrived at the dojo a bit early the other day , so I decided to document my 13 jo kata for video diary.
Since I was by myself I started doing my warm up by doing Jo Suburi. I decided to do the 13 Jo Kata because there are only 13 moves and I can do many of sets.
Some 13 jo kata details I learned from sensei and discovered:
Also the 13 jo no kata has this unique start. The 13 jo no kata has a very effective ‘one two’ start in the beginning. I have seen many Aikidoka getting hit or almost hit by this ‘one two’ Aikido moves. It is so simple and quick yet very subtle.
Watch your head
When doing multiple cut make sure you don’t do this. One reason is that it’s bad technique. The other reason is it will affect your balance.
The 5th move
The 180 degree turn on the 5 moved of 13 requires the front foot (toes) to take the lead.
The haso gaeshi raise on the 5 moved has to be timed well with the front foot lead.
From the 4th move to the 5 moved , always raise the arm to haso in one smooth move. Please don’t move arms down before you raise for haso gaeshi.
One of the biggest challenges on the 5th move is maintaining your balance on the 180 degree turn. I discovered that smaller stance on the turn has a smoother change.
The rest of the moves
The 13 Jo Kata has two defence parries one after the other that is designed as a mid to high parry (moves 7 and 10). I even practice this two moves as an exercise as I walk up and down the dojo during jiu keiko.
The block on the 12th move is not a forward block. Rather the block is a strong parry with an slant angle.
Make your 13th move is a strong solid tsuki. The your left foot 45 degree and the right foot pointing forward. Make sure you legs are the ones lowering you centre to the ground and not your lower hip.
13 Jo No Kata
By Cromwell Salvatera
North Sydney Aikido Wednesday Night Keiko Suburi
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