Training notes from monthly training with Sensei Paul Cote, Kyoshi, 7th Dan

April 9th, 2018 training session

Went through all of Tokumine No Kun Bo kata and the first sections of Urashi Bo Kata.

Learned unarmed application of the yoi and opening moves of common to all bo katas. This was a release of cross wrist grab of right hand by catching grabbing wrist above thumb and index, and raising to shoulder height to break grip. Following this is a groin strike and throw.

One other unarmed application practiced was the “baseball bat swing” portion of Tokumine No Kun, where the right hand is an open handed strike to the face. Some other concepts discussed are the ideas of “degrees of freedom” when adapting bo kata to unarmed bunkai. The main point is that hands have some freedom of movement, which wouldn’t be there when holding the bo, so moves have a lot more options.

July 16th, 2018 training session

Application from Chinto kata – deflect punch and catch with mid level block. Use foot transitions from crane stance to move/throw

Application from Tokumine no kun bo kata – from thrusts, transition to cat stance with bo on shoulder – this translates in open hand application to a grab where you move in close in cat stance with their arm over your shoulder in a lock. Then you swing them to the side as you transition to kneeling

Did many application of “helicoptor” bo moves where the bo is circled over head to position for side strikes.