Tuite, often translated as “seizing hand” is the Okinawan art of joint locks & grappling. It’s an often misunderstood art, usually practiced apart from karate but is in actuality a seamless extension of Okinawan martial arts. What you see is just the beginning of what you can get out of this art. Knowing where tuite comes from relates to what it can address and where it can go! Context is everything and understanding and practicing tuite is a path to becoming a thoughtful and rounded martial artist.
Tuite is it’s own distinct art, but the concepts and applications cross paths with open hand and weapons systems. It has direct and practical applications in defense, as well extending striking arts.
In-depth analysis of tuite can help students perform and apply technique in an effective manner and spur on-going improvement in their kata and art. For instructors, it offers a rich pool of material to help keep students on track and interested in the system, as well as providing a conduit for personal martial growth and a deeper connection to the system you teach.
Bring this to your training in 2 ways!
Instructor Focused Workshop: Kata analysis session(s) working with standard kata & drill sets or specific forms for your school. Aimed at instructors & senior students. We dive into that material and look for all the opportunities to tear it apart, tie it all together and extend it into your training and teaching.
Hosted open seminar: Hosted at your location using lecture, drills and kata application allowing the participants to discover( and rediscover ) the applications of this art, for beginners or experienced attendees. Participants will be encouraged to review their technical tool box and add new concepts and applications. System-specific forms can also be used to reinforce your system-specific concepts.
Seminars are led by Paul Wilson of White Rock Kenshinkan and co-host of the Karate Cafe Podcast. Wilson Sensei is Austin’s leading instructor in kata application, hosting annual open seminars attended by instructors and students from Okinawan, Japanese, Korean and U.S. based systems. The seminars are based on understanding the commonalities of our arts, the concepts that join our lineages and removing the politics that block learning.
Note that now we’re shifting stances. That equates to shifting weight and change body! Pay attention to your stances and keeping shoulders and hips in alignment. Start to pay attention to how the uke’s body responds. That will be more and more important!
We started our trip down kumite lane!! At WRKK we do most things from a defensive stand-point. So, usually we will approach it as we did last night, one attacks and the other defends. We will also do a more “traditional” type of sparring, as well.
All day class at Athens Karate School for the Certified Instructor candidates.
As a student I get so much from training not only with Shipes Sensei but also with my fellow yudansha. As much as I learn about refinements to my technique from Sensei, I learn as much just talking with my fellow students. Discussing the things we have learned in training and teaching really helps polish skills and furthers the “walk down the path”.
To that end remember to train seriously on your own as well as with your fellow students and share!