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Tanto Yokomen Ushiro

Reference: Back Off Balance

Example 1, Tanto Yokomen Ushiro Omote

Movie of Tanto Yokomen Ushiro Omote.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Yokomen Uchi Fig. 3 Kuta Punch Fig. 4 Change Sides

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with the spacing such that Uke's extended knife and Nage's extended arm do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Uke's right hand striking Nage with Yokomen Uchi. The Tanto is held as shown because this is more difficult to defend against. Nage has started moving in and Knee Pop Stomp is very important here!
  3. Fig. 3 shows Nage striking Uke's face. Nage's lead foot has slid forward and Nage's left hand is rapidly sweeping the Tanto arm down so that Uke cannot cut Nage's left arm with the Tanto.
  4. In Fig. 4 Nage is taking the Arm Down position and bringing Uke's arm to Uke's front.

    Fig. 5 2nd Irimi Step Fig. 6 1st Ushiro Step Fig. 7 2nd Ushiro Step Fig. 8 Take Tanto

  5. In Fig. 5 Nage has taken the 2nd Irimi step and Nage's left arm has reached around Uke's neck so that Nage's left hand can grab Uke's left shoulder for the Back Off Balance.
  6. Fig. 6 shows Nage at the end of the 1st Ushiro Step. The Ushiro steps create a strong Tornado Twist.
  7. In Fig. 7 Nage has completed the 2nd Ushiro Step and Uke is down.
  8. In Fig. 8 Nage has turned Uke over, applied the wrist lock and taken the Tanto.

Example 2, Tanto Yokomen Ushiro Ura

Movie of Tanto Yokomen Ushiro Ura.

Fig. 9 Start Fig. 10 Yokomen Uchi Fig. 11 Kuta Punch Fig. 12 Change Sides

  1. Fig. 9 shows the start with the spacing such that Uke's extended knife and Nage's extended arm do not quite touch.
  2. Fig. 10 shows Uke's right hand striking Nage with Yokomen Uchi. The Tanto is held as shown because this is more difficult to defend against. Nage has started moving in and Knee Pop Stomp is very important here!
  3. Fig. 11 shows Nage striking Uke's face. Nage's back foot has just finished the 1st Irimi step. The Ushiro here is really a transition from Arm Down Irimi.
  4. In Fig. 12 Nage is taking the Arm Down position and bringing the arm to Uke's front.

    Fig. 13 1st Ushiro Step Fig. 4 2nd Ushiro Step Fig. 15 Turn Uke Over Fig. 16 Take Tanto

  5. In Fig. 13 Nage has taken the 1st Ushiro Step and Nage's left hand has grabbed Uke's left shoulder for the Back Off Balance.
  6. Fig. 14 shows Nage at the end of the 2nd Ushiro Step. The Tornado Twist has brought Uke down. Nage's right hand is controlling Uke's knife arm.
  7. In Fig. 15 Nage is turning Uke over while Uke is still falling. This is a matter of rotating the arm, not dragging Uke.
  8. In Fig. 16 Nage has applied the wrist lock and taken the Tanto.

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