Te no uchi

English name Hands Inside

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Te no Uchi (Hands Inside)

Means to manipulate the sword in your hand or to cut / control the Uke without fully drawing the sword You begin from Shizen Tai. The Uke begins from any Kamae. There are 12 of these forms to teach what Te no Uchi is.

Sono Ichi (Number 1)

Begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Daijodan no Kamae. As the Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari, move in slightly to the right and partially draw the blade with the left hand so the Ukes left arm will be cut as he swings his sword down. Change hands on the tsuka to your right hand and grab the Ukes wrist with your left hand at the same time. The blade still cuts into his arm. Take the Uke to the floor in an anti-clockwise manner by controlling the wrist and creating pressure / pain with the sword. Finish in a kneeling position next to the Uke and return the sword to the saya. Be ready to strike to the head with the tsuka. Zanhin

Sono Ni (Number 2)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Daijodan no Kamae. As he Uke cuts with Kata Take Wari, move forwards slightly to the right and draw the blade with the right hand so the Uke will be cut as he swings his sword down. The rest of the technique is the same as the last.

Sono San (Number 3)

Begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Daijodan no Kamae. As the Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari, move in slightly to the right and partially draw the blade with the left hand so the Ukes left arm will be cut as he swings his sword down. You then re-sheath the sword and control the Ukes right wrist with your left and strike up to the Ukes chin with the right palm - this will twist the Ukes neck to help throwing him to the ground. As the Uke falls, keep control of his right hand - you can trap the Ukes hand between your hip and your Saya., and prepare to strike the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Yon (Number 4)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. You shift with the left foot forwards to the left and strike down to the Ukes right wrist with the tsuka. Then, place your left foot behind the Ukes right foot and force the Ukes leg to the floor with your leg. When the Uke is down, switch knees to your right knee and place it onto the Ukes leg to pin him. Lastly, prepare to strike the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Go (Number 5)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Seigan no Kamae. As the Uke thrusts with the sword, step out to the left side and strike the top of the Ukes right hand with the tsuka. Finish by stepping into the Ukes right side and thrust the tsuka-gashira to the Ukes right side Butsumetsu. Zanshin.

Sono Roku (Number 6)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. You shift with the right foot forwards to the right and strike down to the Ukes left wrist with the tsuka, making the left hand release it"s grip. You the drop to right knee and hold the Ukes right hand with your left hand, and at the same time, grab the Ukes right calf muscle with your right hand. Press the Ukes right hand outwards and down to take the Uke to the floor face up (do not pull the Ukes leg for the take down). Pin the Uke with your right knee and apply your weight through the knee to pin the Uke - from take down to pin must be seemless. Keep pressure on the Ukes right hand and use your left hand to strike the Uke with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Shichi (Number 7)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. You shift with the right foot forwards to the right and strike down to the Ukes left wrist with the tsuka, making the left hand release the grip. Then you grab the Ukes left wrist with your left hand and turn the body counter-clockwise to bring yourself side on to the Uke. Take the Ukes own Saya with your right hand and place it onto his elbow to apply pressure. Take the Uke to the ground in a counter-clockwise motion and pin him with your right knee. Lastly, prepare to strike the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Hachi (Number 8)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. Step forwards with the left foot slightly to the left and strike upward with the tsuka to the Ukes left wrist. Then, take the Ukes wrist with your right hand to your right hip and the tsuka of your sword on the Ukes elbow for a lock. You then drop to your left knee and drop the Uke face down to the floor. From this position, you maintain control over the Ukes right arm and prepare to strike the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira. Zanshin.

Sono Ku (Number 9)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. Step forwards and to the right with the right foot and strike the Ukes right wrist from below by striking upwards with the tsuka (left holds tsuka). Change you grip with your left hand from the tsuka to the Ukes left wrist, and catch the Ukes left elbow with your right hand. In a counter clockwise motion, press the Uke to the floor and pin him with your right knee to his side, and his left wrist at your left hip. Lock the Ukes elbow with your right arm. If the Uke struggles, be ready to draw your sword by holding the Ukes arm and your own saya with your left hand, and drawing and striking the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira. Zanshin

Sono Ju (Number 10)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. You step forwards with the right foot and drop down onto the left knee and strike with the tsuka to Suigetsu - make sure that you are close enough, not allowing the Uke a chance to cut again. Rise up immediately and catch the Ukes left arm and throw with Seoi Nage over your right side - you need to keep awareness on the Ukes sword. Maintain control of the Ukes left arm. Keep pressure on the Ukes left hand and use your left hand to draw and strike the Uke to the face with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Ju Ichi (Number 11)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Dai Jodan no Kamae. The Uke cuts with Kara Take Wari. You step forwards with the right foot and drop down onto the left knee and strike with the tsuka to Suigetsu - make sure that you are close enough, not allowing the Uke a chance to cut again. Rise up immediately and catch both of the Ukes arms locking them against your left shoulder. You then throw the Uke and keep control of the Ukes hands / arms throughout this movement. Finish by pinning the Ukes hands / arms with your right knee, and prepare to strike the Ukes head with the tsuka-gashira if he resists. Zanshin.

Sono Ju Ni (Number 12)

You begin in Shizen Tai. The Uke begins in Hasso no Kamae. As the Uke cuts with Kesa Giri, Yoko Aruki slightly forwards and to the right with the left foot and thrust the tsuka into Suigetsu. Zanshin.

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