The Jacket Grab
The jacket grab is frequently the second technique we teach in Nihon Goshin Aikido. It doesn’t require ukemi (escape techniques) such as the side fall or forward roll, so the new student can begin learning a new technique while still learning and refining his or her falls and rolls. It is simple and complex at the same time. The concept is as simple as wrist stretch #2 we do at the beginning of each class, yet it becomes complex as soon as we add a partner (uke) into the mix. We all grip a little differently and we all react to the technique in a unique fashion.
We will focus on the jacket grab this week. In classical technique, I’d like you to focus on your footwork, making sure you’re nailing each stance. We will also be working with several applications to the jacket grab, many of which don’t involve a jacket at all. We will also continue to work on our falls and rolls as we prepare for the future, when we will start throwing each other. Many of us are quite early in our training, but we should be looking ahead as well. Be thinking now about continuing to refine your techniques to make them precise and effective . . . It will be important when it comes to test-time. Here is a short YouTube video in which Sensei Carter demonstrates and explains the jacket grab:
If you’ve thought about inviting a friend to join you in class, now is a great time since we are at a foundational level and you can learn together. I look forward to seeing you in class!