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Ran Sho Expanded

Ran Sho Expanded

This lesson explores some of the “what-ifs” that can come up while practicing the kata “Ran-Sho” from Takagi Yoshin Ryu. How can we still emerge victorious if our attacker counters our initial takedown attempts?

Lessons

2. Initial Defense

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

The standard finish for the kata “Ran-Sho” is the “Osoto-gake” rear throw or takedown. One of the ways that this can be thwarted is when our attacker pulls back on the target leg so that we are out of position for our throw. Another problem to solve specific to the hand placement in this kata […]

3. O Uchi Gari

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

Our solution to the attacker removing our target leg for “Osoto” is to switch up our throwing strategy to go for the “O-Uchi Gari” or Major Inside Reap. This lesson will cover how to perform this simple but effective takedown in the context of this kata.

4. Ude Garami

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

“Ude-Garami” or “Arm Entanglement” (often called the “Kimura”) is a type of arm lock that we can use when an attacker is behind us as in a bear hug. In this lesson we will look at setting up this bear-hug counter option with a few different timing options.

5. Bear Hug Grip Break

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

Utilizing whole body generated leverage we can break the strong grip of a bear hug attack. In this section we will explore the details to making this escape happen as effortlessly as possible.

6. Getting to Figure-4 Grip

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

The “figure-four grip” that we are utilizing to apply the Ude-Garami or Kimura can be tricky to secure if our timing is off. This lesson explores how we can salvage the position from a fully secured attack.

7. Utilizing The Switch

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

The “switch” is a technique that lets us “switch” positions while leveraging our attacker with an armbar, placing us safely behind them ready for a takedown of our own. This lesson will explore the details of the “switch” and the options that we have after we’ve improved our position.

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