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Swinging Gate

Swinging Gate is using a moveable object to push or pull on to increase the power of a technique. Jack Savage has extended the concept to apply to using fixed objects. In this section a real Swinging Gate is used to see if a swinging gate really helps movement. The control was a standard Kuta punch where Nage took the largest possible step forward.

Kuta Punch Control

Movie of Kuta Punch Control.

Fig. 1 Start Kuta Punch Control Fig. 2 Initial Movement Fig. 3 Finish

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start of the Kuta Punch control. The gate is behind Nage but not being used. The tape measure is on the ground starting at Nage's toe and extending to the right.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage's initial movement with both arms coming forward.
  3. Fig. 3 shows where Nage's foot strikes the ground.

Swinging Gate

Movie of Swinging Gate.

Fig. 4 Start Swinging Gate Fig. 5 Initial Movement Fig. 6 Finish

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with gate in hand. The tape measure has not been moved.
  2. Fig. 2 shows the initial movement. Nage is pushing against the gate to assist the forward movement.
  3. Fig. 3 shows the foot land.

With the control Nage was able to go 66 inches. With the gate nage covered 72 inches. That is a 9% improvement. This is in agreement with the results of the other applications of Swinging Gate which is about a 10% improvement using the gate principle.

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