Ko-ryu Tai-jutsu includes the following group of Koryu Waza (old school techniques):
- Aiki-te: “internal” Energy Hand: The execution of Aiki is similar the removal of a chair right before a person is about to sit down. This is done in various ways. The balance of the person is taken away just before his / her attack. In doing so, the person has to readjust and creates an opening for a counter attack or a controlling maneuver. In Aiki-te the counter attack is center line or linear in the application.
- Kiai-te: “external” Energy Hand: The external force of Kiai-te is a combination of blocks, kicks and punches. In most cases, the blocking action is simultaneous counter attack. The practice of Kiai-te involves conditioning those areas of the body that will be used to strike or kick the opponent. In some cases, the striking or kicking can be used as a set up technique for further action.
- Kaeshi-te: return / reversal hand – This is a very advanced form of practice. Kaeshi Waza practice helps to instill a sensitivity to shifts in resistance or direction in the movements of one’s partner. Training so as to anticipate and prevent the application of Kaeshi Waza against one’s own techniques greatly sharpens Tai-jutsu skills. Kaeshi Waza literally means “techniques of reaction or of response”. Most of these techniques are considered to be secret (Himitsu Waza), not to be shown in public and to be taught only to a few, very trusted students toward the end of their training life. This tradition, not only typical of Ko-ryu, is derived from the fact that a Master, even if highly skilled, could run the risk of encountering an opponent of superior skill. This series of very special techniques represented the last chance to win and survive. Usually, Kaeshi Waza are applied when the opponent makes a mistake or if he hesitates and, if executed in a proper way, they do not allow a further reaction from Uke.
- Tori-te: take or release hand: Torite / Tuite is the art of joint-manipulation. Almost every joint in the body can be used to control or twisted to cause pain. The application of Torite can be used as a blocking action or as a method to control an attacker in various attacks. The advanced level of techniques, is using a combination of techniques in which the attacker is unable to move to relieve the pain.
- Nage-te: throw hand – There are many techniques that employ a throwing action. The throwing component is practiced separately in order to perfect the execution of the technique. There are several katas that are used in order to practice the different throwing techniques.
- Tori-te Kaseshi: take or release hand – reversal techniques. If the joint technique is properly applied, then it is very difficult to impossible to escape the effects. There are certain windows of opportunity in where the technique can be reversed and a counter technique can be applied. It is important to understand these reversal possibilities in order to properly apply the Torite techniques
- Atemi / Kyusho-te: pressure point strikes are used in many different techniques. In most cases, these techniques follow the main meridians of the body. It is very important to strike or apply pressure with the proper angle and degree of penetration. The use of the techniques require the knowledge of reversing the effects of striking these points.
- Aiki-jutsu – 82 practical techniques are practiced. These techniques are main principal techniques of Aiki-jutsu. By applying these techniques to different types of attacks and possible combinations their applications, the total number of possible techniques are well over several 1,000’s. The training in Aiki-jutsu is a combination of Katana, Jo and empty hand techniques that are the same movements that is employed with or without a weapon.
The above skills are taught “one on one” or small group setting with an approved application. These are true Ko-ryu techniques which are very difficult to learn in a large group, by book or video.