John’s Creek Lifetime Class Notes – Aug 16, 2012

Attendees: Sensei, Charlie, Shane, Jay, Taylor, Anthony, Paul, Chris

Irimi and Tenkan – practice against Sensei attacking with tano.
Katate Dori Kote Gaeshi – Traditional Kote Gaeshi with prone pin.
Katate Dori Kote Gaeshi – Two step across front for lead, standing pin after throw.
Katate Dori Kokyu Nage Variant

The “Katata Dori Kokyu Nage” variant: Perform a shihonage grab off of the 1/2 tenkan, lead the uke with the shihonage grab to expose their back (kokyu!). Free hand rests on the opposite shoulder.  Step towards the lead hand with your front foot, full tenkan while pulling your weight into the shoulder.


  • For the experienced students the attacks for irimi and tenkan were aggressive and looked to wait for a moment when the person was “anticipating” the attack to get them off balance.  Advanced students should learn to relax and react when appropriate.
  • For all students, make sure to breath out and settle after each technique.  Give yourself a 2 second pause to correct any issues and lock in the feeling of the move.