Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Study of Tuite
The majority of systems teach some manner of joint manipulation. Though (often) limited in scope, they provide defensive responses to the most commonly applied grab's and hold's (attempted by an aggressor).
Oyata's methodology takes these hold's and lock's to their highest level. It isn't sufficient to only be able to apply a lock or hold. That application should not be able to be countered (when properly applied).
Being that student's are only human, mistakes do occur (in the application of the instructed techniques). This mandates that a student be aware of how those “counters” could be utilized (and when) during the application of a technique.
When a student is first shown how to perform a tuite technique, the uke will be compliant (with minimal resistance). As the student progresses in their ability, the uke will increase their resistance level. At some point, the uke will attempt to apply (any that might be possible) counter-measures to the technique's application.
For the majority of instructed technique's, there are known counter attempts that can be applied if/when the technique is being improperly applied, or if the uke is able to prevent the technique's (initial) correct application.
Even if/when the uke is able to apply some manner of “counter”, each of Oyata's tuite technique's will (easily) transition into another application (thus eliminating any “pause” in one's defenses).
When practicing in this manor (preferably slowly) it is not uncommon to encounter unrealistic “countering” abilities (by/from the uke). Though being admittedly unrealistic, they can still provide a good "practice" format. Being aware of any counter-technique abilities or possibilities is always preferable to being surprised by one.
For every “supposed” counter (to one of Taika's applications), we've found that it depended on the technique being applied incorrectly. Very often, being done so unwittingly.
Unfortunately, many former students (or more likely, previous seminar attendee's) never learned the complete/correct manor of applying Oyata's (tuite) technique's. They were only shown an introductory version (of the technique), and those persons assumed that they needed no further study (on their own) of that application.
This has lead to a LOT of miss-interpretations of Oyata's tuite technique's. There are repeated examples of them on “U-Tube”, and of course the (hysterically) inaccurate version(s) contained within the (now) infamous “Tuite” book/publication (by a former seminar attendee).
I've had numerous students, and acquaintances inform me that “tuite” is a skill-set that only requires limited practice (because they're only limb-manipulation applications). Yet, those same individual's can't explain how to create all of the different responses (using the same technique) that are possible.
We could easily conduct a 4-hour seminar, covering only the application and variations (possible) from the “palm-fold/push-catch” technique (which is commonly taught in every school using Oyata's methodology).
Yet, the manor which I commonly see it being performed is (totally) incorrect. Most often, it's being practiced at a high rate of speed, and it's being “muscled” (to make it “work”, or at least achieve a response, and usually and incorrect one at that).
The vast majority of the people teaching/practicing this technique don't possess the ability, to make it function if/when performed slowly. This is a fundamental technique. Numerous (other) technique's are derived from the very fundamental's that are shown/learned from performing this technique.
And it's being taught, and learned incorrectly.
It is our opinion, that this is occurring because the principles that are necessary for the application of Oyata's tuite technique's are not being (correctly) instructed to students. This isn't because of some “lacking” ability and/or knowledge (on the part of the instructor's), but (only) because “instructor's” (in general) haven't been putting the time in to the “study” of tuite (and are therefor unfamiliar with what we are calling the “6 Basic Principles of Tuite”).
How else could the vague/misleading (and wrong) set of “10 rules for tuite” (that those “other” groups promote for utilization) have any chance of success? Beyond the obvious answer (they're too Lazy to figure out the correct one's for themselves,LOL).
Though tuite would appear to be a commonly studied skill set, it should more correctly be listed as an ability that many systems (only) teach an awareness of.