This “Blog” will discuss various techniques (from my own “point of view”), training methodologies, and applications used and taught by myself in the art of “Te”. It will often focus upon the instructed art of “Tuite”, as taught to me by Taika Seiyu Oyata.
I recently commented on a
blog that I occasionally read. It's written by a “Brit”, who
studies another style/system, so she has a little different
perspective on things.
Generally, her (written)
interests are not my (general) cup of tea, but occasionally
she'll throw a question or comment out that catches my attention.
In this case, she was
inquiring about the (validity?) usefulness of wrist-locks (and
joint manipulations in general). Her argument being, that it was
generally faster, and easier to strike someone, than to
place them into a wrist-lock (or presumably any equivalent
Her attitude regarding
the problems she associated with their implementation, were
unfounded (IMO). Those concerns were the typical concerns that
are (widely) voiced by most individuals who often encounter
difficulty with that type of techniques implementation.
As with most situations
similar to this one, I am unable to show how those concerns
should be addressed. Although I can write out (several)
correctional variations, none will be as quickly understood as could
be shown in person.
Either way, this concern
should be studied and understood how it needs to be
addressed and corrected. There are individual's (and
even systems) that state that limb manipulations are
fine, but have no value in a typical (sic)
perspective/attitude, is one that has come about (mainly) by/from
individual's that (either) A. Haven't
requisite motions to perform those manipulations, or B.
Haven't acquired the requisite skills to perform those
manipulations. Both of which, can be rectified through
the correct training program.
The biggest disagreement
seems to be on what (or who's, LOL) training program
would be the best. This particular argument is one that
gets numerous people into (sometimes violent) debates.
It's one that “I” don't particularly care to engage in either.
utilize different approaches to (physical) conflict
management. RyuTe is no different. The manner that RyuTe would
implement a motion (regardless of what that motion is,
a strike, a stance, a technique), will directly
effect how and why the remainder of that confrontation
The way that student's
are trained in
RyuTe to implement and use those joint manipulations,
is different than how/why they would be used in another
system. This can often account for person's who study one
with another systems use of the technique in a similar
Principles and goals can
dictate differences in technique execution, completion and/or
conclusion. This is why I'm not fond of explaining specific technique
execution methods here (too many variables between systems).
When I am face-to-face
with someone, I have no problem explaining (or even demonstrating) a
technique, and how we perform it. When I am (physically) present with
someone, I am able to visually clarify any statement I might
make, and I can answer the (many) questions that inevitably present
Joint manipulations are a
Major portion of the RyuTe system (2nd only to the
over-rated “knock-out” neck strikes in popularity). In both my own
experience, and that of my student's, those manipulations and the
ability to apply them have served a far greater benefit to me than
the majority of the striking skills ever have.
When I observe
(increasingly upon the Web) individual's performing what they
call Tuite, it usually turn's my stomach. Very often I know where
(thereby from whom) they have learned those motions, and
I'm certain that the techniques were not taught in the manner
Being experienced in what
the majority of those individual's practice (Ju-jutsu type
techniques), I understand their enthusiasm when shown the Tuite
(version). It is often vastly different. The difficulty in
correcting anyone who is having problems with implementing
these types of techniques, is that it can't be (efficiently) done via
My personal opinion is
one that favors the use of limb manipulations over those
motions that are referred to as being impact techniques. Once
understanding that strength should be considered an irrelevancy to a techniques effectiveness, the
student can begin to concentrate on technique application.
In addition controlling
an aggressor (without necessarily having to cause/create
greater injury) physically, doing so will provide the tori
with a (more) justifiable defense when interviewing with Law