The 2nd Tai Tsuku

The 2nd Tai Tsuku alrea­dy makes hig­her deman­ds on the Kem­po­ka, alt­hough it is still one of the short kata in style. But tho­se who aspi­re to the oran­ge belt will dive deeper into basic move­ment princi­ples here.

Only 11 stand chan­ges count for tho­se who take the time to do so. But often dif­fe­rent pun­ching or blo­cking tech­ni­ques are per­for­med in just one posi­ti­on. Important for the second Tai Tsuku is the use of the own body. Alrea­dy in the second move­ment sequence one of the key sequen­ces of the who­le Kata: A lar­ge, alle­ged­ly hea­vy and grasping oppo­nent is taken up with both hands, pres­ses the prac­ti­cing per­son deep into his Zen­kutsu Dachi, only to be pushed back again explo­si­ve­ly. The work of the back leg in Zen­kutsu Dachi is emphasized.

If both elbows remain at the short ribs, the two-han­ded push­back comes from the body and not from the arms. They are only moved for­ward when the oppo­nent is alrea­dy in back­ward moti­on. This way even light­weight Kem­po­ka mana­ge to push a hea­vier oppo­nent away. Howe­ver, the necessa­ry under­stan­ding of body mecha­nics is requi­red. I only unders­tood it after years of prac­ti­ce. The Age Uke is not a defen­se here, the oppo­nent is alrea­dy in the back­ward move­ment, but rather a punch under the grab­bing arms or in the face, depen­ding on the inter­pre­ta­ti­on. The Nuki­te fin­ger­tip thrust then ends this attack attempt.


The second key pas­sa­ge comes short­ly after­wards. The atta­cker grabs the Gi or tri­es to cho­ke with both hands from the front. Again, the tech­ni­ques only work if they are com­bi­ned with a signi­fi­cant chan­ge in height. In a lar­ge back­swing move­ment both arms go up. Again the elbows are used, this time to break the grip. Very important again is the use of your own body weight by lif­ting and lowe­ring the midd­le of the body. Only with the strength of the arms nobo­dy, ligh­ter or smal­ler, will break the grip of the attacker.

Only 11 booths? Oran­ge belt only? No way! Also with this kata the own level of deve­lo­p­ment beco­mes very clear. The lon­ger you are the­re, the fur­ther you get in your efforts, the more often you run this basic kata. And the more often you run it, the more it will chan­ge. Promise!

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