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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (47)



LUN T’OU (WHEEL THROW)
Fig. 94 -Should the enemy seize you by both wrists, free your hands by rotating them up and
to the outside line. (Double Mirror Block) Step forward with the left foot, striking with double
palm heels to the enemy’s chest. This will drive him slightly back, breaking his balance to the
rear. Grip the enemy lapels with both hands. If lapels are not available, cup both hands behind
his head.

 Fig. 95 -Maintaining your hold on the
enemy, sit down near your left heel,
pulling him forward and onto you, taking
advantage of his natural reaction in
trying to save himself from being pushed
backward. Execute Ke-Age (kicking up)
with the right leg. Strike the enemy
groin or Hara.

Fig. 96 -Use your grip on the enemy to
support him over you. This prevents his
falling forward too fast and striking you
with his head. Place the left foot in the
enemy’s Hara and push up strongly with
both legs, lifting him off the ground.
Fig. 97 -Push the enemy clear allowing
him to Backfall to a head-to-head position
above you. The impact alone of this
fall is sufficient to drive the air from his
lungs and incapacitate him. Using your
grip on the enemy to maintain your momentum,
execute a back roll swinging
the feet overhead, tucking the head to
one side, and pulling with both hands.
Fig. 98 -Completing the Back Roll, land
with the buttocks on the enemy chest or
abdomen, driving the air from his lungs
and crushing the chest cavity. Both
knees should land on his biceps, rupturing
the muscles. Release the grip on the
enemy with the right hand and execute a driving
Palm Heel to the enemy chin, snapping his neck.
The Wheel Throw, or Tomoe-Nage, illustrates one
of the fundamental principles common to all martial
arts– yielding. By alternately pushing the enemy
back then using his own resistance to pull him forward,
it is easy to unbalance even a much larger opponent.
And send him crashing to the mat. Tomoe-
Nage is a basic sport Judo throw, but has it’s roots in
Jujitsu., the much more ancient martial art of the
Samurai.

~Ashida Kim