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Going with the Flow

Going with the Flow

What does “non-attachment” look like in a To-Shin Do Randori context?

One of the highest aspirations that we have as martial artists is to be able to flow effortlessly to victory. Often referenced as the Mu-Shin or “no-mind” state of being, this is something that can be experienced once a practitioner has enough of a foundation in principles that they can connect techniques together fluidly. In this lesson we will explore a training strategy that Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt uses to practice “nagarae”; accessing the “flow”.

Lessons

1. Introduction

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

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2. Standing Arm Bar to Omote Gyaku

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

In this portion of the lesson you will explore transitioning from one very common technique, the standing arm bar takedown (a variation of “muso-dori”) into an outward rolling wrist lock or break (omote-gyaku) as an illustration of our ability to flow from one concept to another seamlessly. To access this content, you must purchase To-Shin […]

3. Standing Arm Bar to Oni Kudaki

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

The Oni-Kudaki arm lock is an easy alternative to the omote gyaku wrist lock when flowing from the standing arm bar. In this lesson we will cover the hand positioning and footwork necessary to perform this extremely powerful strategy smoothly. To access this content, you must purchase To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Monthly […]

4. Hubs and Spokes

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

The “Hubs and Spokes” concept has been a really great tool for me as a practitioner to understand how multiple techniques can fit and flow together to help me stay in front of a problem until the correct solution presents itself. As an instructor I believe that this simple concept helps to highlight the amount […]

5. Hub 1 – O Uchi Gari

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

In this portion of the lesson we will explore a rear takedown, O Uchi Gari, and how it can be used to “go with the flow” when paired with an “unsuccessful” O Soto attempt. To access this content, you must purchase To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Monthly or To-Shin Do Training Subscription – […]

6. Considerations

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

In this section of our lesson we will dive more deeply into the details of safe and effective O Uchi Gari application by discussing positioning, angles of force, and mindset. To access this content, you must purchase To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Monthly or To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Yearly.

7. Hub 2 – Guard Pass

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

Here we explore two ways to pass our opponents potentially defensive “Guard” position by using one of two techniques, the “X Pass” or the “Stack Pass”. Passing the guard allows us to move away from our attacker and escape or to move on top of them to control where the situation goes next. To access […]

8. Hub 1 – Uki Waza

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

Look at how Uki Waza (the “Floating Technique”) fits into our “Hubs and Spokes” strategy when we are attempting an O Soto type throw that is countered. To access this content, you must purchase To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Monthly or To-Shin Do Training Subscription – Master Access, Yearly.

9. Drill – Half of a Technique

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

One of my recent favorite drills for our more experienced students (Black Belts and higher) is to try to limit ourselves and only perform the first half of a given technique, then see what results are produced. The goal is to develop a flow ability to see if we can connect concepts and strategies in […]

10. Closing Thoughts

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

If we can truly flow from one technique to another and remain unattached to the outcome of a “move”, then we can experience our own ability to flow without tension. This calmness will allow us to make better decisions under pressure as well as preserve our physical energy reserves by avoiding the “struggle”. To access […]

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