Good Afternoon All,
For some reason I have found myself today looking at the USJJF's (United States Jujutsu Federation) Goshin Jitsu no Kata (you'd think, working for the NHS, I'd have more to do).
It struck me that some of these are similar in style to Motobu's 2-person drills, as well as the 2-person drills which we take the kata to have been developed out of. I recall reading somewhere (correct me if I'm wrong) that Iain had used Motobu's drills in place of X-Step sparring, or had at least suggested this might be a valid alternative, because of them being closer than step sparring to real combat. With that said, has anyone ever explored, used, or considered using, the partner drills from Goshin Jitsu no Kata or similar in place of step sparring as a more functional beginner's form of sparring to begin developing skills that would be used later? I definitely believe that there's some elements which would carry over well in them, and I don't disagree with the concept of beginner's kumite, simply the 3K execution of it. Additionally, there are still included in Goshin Jitsu no Kata defenses against "Karate-Style" attacks which would be seen in step sparring such as maegeri and yokogeri kekomi, which may be a useful link to the "modern" practice of karate - particularly regarding students moving to the practical sphere from a 3K background, where it would serve well as a transition into more grappling, limb trapping, etc. It strikes me that this might also be useful for clubs moving to a more practical syllabus, as there are similarities to both step sparring and the principles of kata-based sparring. As a final comment, I would probably remove the weapon defences from the set if I were to look at using these - with the possible exception of the stick defences - as I don't think I have the knowledge or skill to instruct these adequately, and I think there is potential to give people a false sense of security with weapon defences.
Thanks in advance for you thoughts, Joe.