Friday, August 1, 2008

2008 SMAA Seminar (6)

Joe Rippy Sensei, Wado Ryu sixth dan and the seminar’s special guest instructor, was next. He affirmed the importance of the mind-body unification principles and exercises H. E. Davey covered in his Japanese yoga training, emphasizing that anyone, in any martial art, could benefit from these concepts.

Rippy Sensei’s instruction started by highlighting the tanden, a point in the lower abdomen, and he explained that movement must originate from this point. However, most of his class was on tai sabaki, “body movements,” for evading an attack. He stressed that these skills originated from the influence of jujutsu on Wado Ryu karate-do.