鷹の爪 | Eagle’s Talons

Taka no Tsume | Eagle’s Talons


I’ve heard this term more than a few times while training in Daito-ryu, at first I was focused on the shape that the hand makes but later I became fascinated with the focus the grip put on locking down whatever the hand came to grab (ie: a wrist or lapel). Also, I enjoyed its cool kung-fu like name!

The grip itself is very effective because of the amount of pressure the grip can create. It bears a lot similarity to the grip used in ken-jutsu because it’s the same, using the pinky through the middle finger to create the grip with the thumb directly opposite to those three fingers. You can use the underside of the index knuckle in the base of the grip to make either the sankajo or yonkajo tsukami particularly painful by applying pressure to the nerve that runs along the forearm. When grabbing the wrist, one can use a small amount of rotation to pronate & supernate the ulna & radius which affords you a good deal of control.


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The importance of breakfalls/ukemi

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Breakfalling/Ukemi is an important skill set, it not only keeps you safe but allows your partner to work his/her technique and gain confidence in the technique.

Ukemi also requires trust and breaks the uke of the fear associated with being thrown. Tori or Nage has the responsibility of executing technique not only based on their own skill level but must take into account the skill level of the Uke. In this way both practitioners get something from the practice.


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Daito-ryu humor

One of our Daito-ryu Tora Dojo members, Dan Madia, is a really talented illustrator/animator who also happens to have a great sense of humor.
Please visit danmadia.com for more of his work.


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Daitoryu Aiki-jujutsu Tora Dojo located at 5 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ
For more info please email us @ info@daitoryu.org

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Kagami Biraki 2015

虎道場 鏡開き 2015 • Tora Dojo Kagami Biraki 2015
Some pics for the Daito-ryu Tora Dojo performance at this year’s Kagami Biraki, our last Kagami Biraki was in 2005, 10 years ago! A tradition we will not let slip again.


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Daitoryu Aiki-jujutsu Tora Dojo located at 5 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ
For more info please email us @ info@daitoryu.org

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