Master Mabuni developed his system around five basic principles of defense which he termed Uke no Gogensoku. These include:
Teni: Avoiding your opponent's attack through body movement .
Ryusui: The ability to flow with your opponent's movement in a way that is controlling and which permits the defender to gain an advantage.
Kushin: Control of an attack that utilizes body movement originating in the knees and keeping the back straight so as to maintain balance and strength.
Rakka: To block in such a decisive manner that one's opponent is physically and psychologically defeated with one blow.
Hangeki: To counter an opponent with a decisive blow. Seen as the last resort on the continuum of use of force to defend one's self.
Another element fundamental to Shito-Ryu is that of Tenshin Happo or the eight directions of defensive movement.
Utilized by many forms of martial art, Tenshin Happo allows a defender to avoid an attack by shifting his/her body position to one of eight directions to gain a strategic advantage on the attacker.
|Last Updated: September 2016|