Unsoku – Foot Movements

Exercises – Basic Foot movements – Unsoku

The correct way of performing the Unsoku foot movements is to a FAST count, finish the move quickly, pause in each position and wait for the next count.

At all times when you pause, you should be in a stable position, with your feet flat to the floor. When moving your feet, they should slide just above the floor, almost touching it. Also you must never step passed your other foot. by moving in this way you are performing a Tsugi-ashi movement. A direct translation is ‘succeeding feet’.

Counting should be either in Japanese or English.

Number    Japanese    Phonetic

1               Ichi                E – Chee
2               Ni                  Knee
3               San               Saan
4               Shi                She
5               Go                Go
6               Roku            Row Ku
7               Shichi          She-Chee
8               Hachi           Ha-Chee

Number 1 Tsugi-ashi forward & backwards

Tsugi-ashi forward & backwards

Tsugi-ashi forward & backwards

 

This movement enables you to tsughi-ashi forwards and backwards along your centre lines and is used for keeping your distance ‘ma-ai’ from your opponent, and also moving in to attack.

 

Note that the middle position, position 4 is the same as the start/end position: this enables you to change from left foot forward to right foot forward.

 

 

Start    Neutral posture

1.    Move forward into left posture.
2.    Then tsugi-ashi backwards staying in left posture.
3.    Tsugi-ashi backwards again.
4.    Return to the centre to neutral posture .
5.    From a neutral posture move forward into right posture.
6.    Then tsugi-ashi backwards staying in right posture.
7.    Tsugi-ashi backwards again.
8.    Return to the centre to neutral posture.

Number 2 Tsugi-ashi left & right

Tsugi-ashi left & right

Tsugi-ashi left & right

 

This movement is used to sidestep an attack to the left or right.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Start    Neutral posture

1.    Tsugi-ashi to your left.
2.    Then tsugi-ashi to your right.
3.    Tsugi-ashi to your right again.
4.    Tsugi-ashi to your left to return to the centre to neutral posture.
5.    From a neutral posture tsugi-ashi to your right.
6.    Then tsugi-ashi to your left.
7.    Tsugi-ashi to your left again.
8.    Tsugi-ashi to your right to return to the centre to neutral posture.

 

Number 3 Tsugi-ashi front corner & back corners

Tsugi-ashi front corner & back corners

Tsugi-ashi front corner & back corners

 

 

This movement avoids attacks (especially knife), and also changes your direction and distance enabling different techniques for counter-attacking.

 

 

 

 


Start    Neutral posture

1.    Tsugi-ashi to your front left corner.
2.    Then tsugi-ashi back to centre.
3.    Tsugi-ashi to your right front right corner.
4.    Then tsugi-ashi  back to centre to neutral posture.
5.    From a neutral posture tsugi-ashi to your back left corner.
6.    Then tsugi-ashi back to centre.
7.    Tsugi-ashi to your back right corner.
8.    Then tsugi-ashi back to centre to neutral posture.