oneya wrote:Hi Tobin,
In looking at your TYSR list of principle I find myself nodding as I note that zenshin and ten chi jin get their head up in SNY wado and – if I have the kanji right - I think we may understand ju no musubi and go no musubi under other names but would need to share a dojo with you to confirm this. On the other hand I am not familiar with the anteho/fuanteho labels so you could well be right in saying SYR Principles: “ are not comprehensively employed in the Wado idori/tantodori” and so the mystery remains.
whether it was seen as just too difficult for the gaijin to comprehend, perhaps even unnecessary in the light of Shiai success in the western world as being a major plank in Ohtsuka meijin’s philosophy of peace.
Definitely have nothing to do with gaijin. The gaijin got much more of it thanks to Suzuki Sensei. If anything the Japanese in Japan are jealous of the gaijin since they seem to be more familiar with the stuff. The Japanese in Japan were mostly only exposed to it by watching Otsuka Sensei in his demonstrations. So at best they could just ape his movements which as you know is never enough to get the goods. So at the end of the day the gaijin got more of the tanto/idori pie for whatever that is worth. And my opinion as previously stated is that for me it is a grand waste of time if you don't know how to do it correctly.
As for ante and fuante ho - I am sure Sensei Threadgill can expound on this but ante just means 'in balance' and fuante means 'off balance'. Ho is method or direction.
So at a beginner comprehension level anteho funateho can be translated as strong line/weak line. You unbalance people down their weak line. You throw them down their weak line. You apply kuzushi down their weak line. You avoid their strong line unless you want to hit them then hitting them in their strong line hurts them more right? Again, a green belt jujitsu explanation. I am sure there is more to it than that.