Junzuki

The brief summary

Take Hidari kamae. Bend your front knee, push your body forward from your hips and control Seichusen with your left fist. Execute Junzuki with the right fist and try to use your whole body as you maintain Kinto. The position of the body is called Junte.

Take Shizentai

After rei, assume shizentai by opening the left foot first, followed by the right. Grip the fists lightly. The reason to move both feet is to maintain seichusen. Of course, this is especially true if you are facing an opponent. The arms should hang relaxed by the sides. This kamae is taken for several reasons. This is the most natural position for simply standing. Hence, the body is relaxed and ready to attack. At the same time, the back is hard like a turtle’s shell. The side of the body, which is naturally weaker, is protected by the arms. It is also unclear from what direction an attack will come from. Hence, you have to consider any direction and not just in front of you. Of course, ideally you always face the opponent. Hence, the arms should just hang relaxed by the sides. Inhale as you lift your centre and move the body forward by pushing koshi first slightly (intent) and strike sharply with the left fist as you drop into hidari gamae. As you do kime, drop the shoulders and lower your centre internally as you squeeze the Jin area. Don’t prepare the position of the fists, strike from the hanging position.

From Shizentai to Hidari kamae

Adem in terwijl je je centrum optilt en je lichaam naar voren verplaatst door in eerste instantie Koshi te duwen (intentie) en stoot scherp met je linkervuist als je in Hidari gamae valt. Laat tijdens Kime je schouders zakken en verlaag je centrum intern terwijl je het Jin gebied Squeezed (Shimeru). Stoot vanuit de hangende positie van je armen, bereidt ze dus niet voor. 

The movement

Move the body forward as if carrying the body forward. Push koshi forward and use hiza no nuki to facilitate this. Keep the upper body erect and most of all do not lead with the head first. Imagine having a rope around your back and someone is pulling you forward. The left fist should protect seichusen and is maintained with required energy. Please understand this keeping seichusen with the left fist is not the same as just holding it there. Although it is not the fist that moves the body, I can say that you should lead with the left fist. Hence, the left fist has an active and alive role to play. It is as if you are pushing through seichumen with the left fist as you move your body.

Execute Junzuki

Execute chudan junzuki. When you apply kime, which should happen before your body stops moving, apply nukeru instantly and leave your potential in the opponent and to be ready to react immediately. Another point is that of tachikata. A stance is simply the consequence of your body movement, as Sakagami sensei explains it. Or in my words, it is the end of the process of the movement. Hence, in my opinion it is not really of use to say that feet have to point here or there. For example, a common error is to point the front foot inward. This means there is too much rotational movement, which can be caused by several things. You should look for the elements that create that consequence and correct the process, instead of correcting stance after the process has finished.