DOJO Okinawa’s Yuimaru Hakken Seminar features three intensive training days with three different sensei. In 2019 the first segment of training for our attendees was in Nakijin with Nakasone Koichi sensei, 9th Dan Ryukyu Kingdom Sui-di Bujutsu and his top student Maki Toguchi sensei. Nakasone sensei has been studying for approximately 60 years and brought a wealth of practical, real world applications to the seminar participants.
A veteran of decades of kumite, Nakasone sensei stresses softness and quickness in technique and engagement. The concept being that hard blocking and grabbing serves to alert your attacker to your intentions and gives them an opportunity to respond defensively whereas a soft approach allows the opponent to stay focused on their own technique, unaware of the defensive response and counter.
Almost all of our sessions with Nakasone sensei and Maki sensei involved these concepts and the majority of the time was spent in partner drills exploring and practicing them.
It can be a surprising challenge to be soft, to not rely on traditional techniques as we perceive them and to test them against much larger and/or stronger opponents as Nakasone sensei has done for many, many years and brings that credibility to what he teaches.
One of our seminar attendees learning from Nakasone sensei