By Lian Hearn
A stunning, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's mind's eye, this exciting follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complicated loyalties that bind its characters from birth.
Filled with experience and fantastic twists of plot and fortune, this 3rd publication within the Tales of the Otori sequence travels past the 3 international locations, to the skin affects that threaten to interfere upon this remoted realm.
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This blow properly delivered will knock him out. If not, repeat it till he drops. Assailant must hold you lightly. In a real attack he would hold you tightly but the kick you would give would loosen his grip. In order not to forget this kick in a real fight always practice it, counting audibly: "TAKE HOLD" "ONE" "TWO" Assailant seizes you. Simulate the kick with all your strength. Twist down out of his grip, bringing elbow forward. "THREE" Drive elbow back. You will soon acquire a Houdini-like expertness in wriggling out of Assailant's grip, if you practice steadily.
Step back with one foot as you pull and cut. Draw your elbows down and in to your side. Keep your body erect and make the effort from the Stahara. The first part of the escape comes from the weight of your body pulling your opponent off balance. The finishing part is the cut of the hands. These are done simultaneously after the trick is mastered, but you will acquire the knack more quickly if you try to distinguish these two factors in your first practice. WRONG METHOD The wrong method is to hold the elbows away from the sides and try to escape by the strength of your arms.
THE SIDESTEP Starting with the right foot behind him, Assailant lunges forward and makes a straight thrust at your abdomen. Swing back the right foot, turning on the ball of the left, keeping your body perfectly erect and let the blow go past. NOTES ON PRACTICE OF SIDESTEP Practice the sidestep frequently, it is one of the best exercises for training you to quickness of eye and agility of movement. I have never seen anyone but a jujitsu man make a movement exactly like this or the jujitsu kick, and it took years of observation and practice to discover just what they were doing, and how they did it.