here is a article a bit special, which is rather a parenthesis but which seemed important to me.
Since the publication of the article on Taïkyoku Shodan where I advocate turning on the heel, I was often asked why. Sometimes, I was even told that it was an aberration :-(.
It was therefore normal for me to explain myself on this subject.
Why rotation on the heels would be more effective?
First of all, tip-toe rotation (or rather the bowl: Koshi) is not bad in itself and it often exists, but not in Taikyoku.
I confess to you that a short while ago, I was shooting myself on koshi, but as the absurd man is the one who never changes (Georges Clemenceau) I have since changed my way of turning. I still make the mistake of turning on the front of the foot, but ...
In fact it is Sensei Johnny Gence who explained to me why the rotation in the kata was done on the heel.
When we turn on the tip, there is Snowy (逃 げ る) , Japanese word meaning escape. Indeed, your technique goes in one direction and your leg goes in the other, so there is Nigé (I show you that on the video, because it's difficult to explain.)
That one turns in this way to position oneself, is not embarrassing, but in the kata, one seeks to have maximum efficiency in every technique, be it defensive or offensive. It is therefore necessary that the whole body is mobilized in the technique.
Turning on the heel, your center of gravity moves towards the target while turning on the tip, it does not move almost because your back leg moves in the opposite direction of the technique.
Practice pivoting on your heels and you will feel a real difference in efficiency in your techniques.
But as a video your thousand explanations (That's me ;-)) I invite you to watch the one I prepared for you.
Erratum: On the video, I say "Nijé" while Nigé (逃 げ る) is pronounced "Nigué", sorry.
Here, I hope you have understood this principle of Nige and you understand better why in the kata must turn on the heels.
I look forward to your comments 😉
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