Attack Line/ Self Defense Line Examples
Observation is One Easy Way to Prepare for Your Sho-Dan Test
By Jonathan Wilson
You don’t need to recreate the wheel ~ you just need to watch and observe what other students have done.
Watch any attack line, and you’ll learn something if you’re watching actively.
One Final Point: When you’re standing on the “X” ~ Don’t over think it! My experience has been that the more I think about doing a certain technique (or not doing a certain technique, or not getting hit, etc.) the less fluidly I perform whatever it is I was trying to do.
For me, it generally works best to move first, take uke’s balance, and then perform whatever technique I have available to an unbalanced uke. I know I’m doing it wrong when I have to apply too much pressure to a technique to get it to work. This is patently obvious on “timing” techniques like “Slap to the Side of the Head.” When things are clicking on Slap to the Side of the Head, I am able to lead uke to the mat without measurable effort ~ and barely even making physical contact with uke’s head.
Here are some Attack Line video examples for your consideration.
Uke Appears Unhappy ~~~
Change In Your Movement =
Change In Your Technique
I used the Tenshin Movement to get here ~
Uke’s attack was a backhand strike, which I parried well, stepping back with Tenshin movement to effectively unbalance Uke.... Then I undercut him with an evolved application. It’s a cross between a Body Block, Pivot Over the Back, Back Breaker, with a little Muggers Throw thrown in for fun.
While the fall is surprisingly easy, it’s still not a technique you want to bust out on someone with out confidence in their ukemi abilities.
Before my attack line test, I did this technique on every attacker to make sure they were ready for it.
These are not tests ~ but they are attack lines executed at an extremely high level of proficiency.
Sensei Hamilton’s Promotion to Ni-Dan (L) and an attack line randori demo by Sensei Carter (R)
Highlights from my Shodan Promotion, and My Sampai, Tim McNeal’s Attack Line Test (R)
Sensei Walter Kopitov (R)
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