what is renrakuwaza
Renraku Waza, also called Renzoku Waza, are combination techniques.
You could also say that they are applications of the basics.
Fundamentally speaking, the fact that it is an application means that the core ingredients are already present in basics. You can argue because of that, whether there is a strict necessity to practise Renraku Waza...
...I would argue in favor of the motion.
Renraku Waza teaches you continuous movement which are present in basics, but must be drilled into your body by physical practise.
Here's 3 reasons why you should practise Renrakuwaza too:
- Connecting one technique to the other becomes second nature >> your attacks become more effective.
- It closes a gap between basics and free fighting >> you learn how to apply your basics
- It greatly enhances your understanding of dynamic movement >> it leads to freedom of movement.
I had to learn the hard way about the full meaning of Renraku Waza, after throwing away the chopsticks.
"Hey AJ, what's the purpose of Renraku waza?"
It came out of the blue.
Suddenly Ishikawa Sensei asked me this question... Here's what happened and his answer to his own question.
The difference between ido kihon and renraku waza and how to use that to your advantage
renrakuwaza by syllabus
all 8th kyu renrakuwaza
Learn to combine basic techniques in succession such as Maegeri and Gyakuzuki.
All 7th Kyu Renrakuwaza
Learn to connect techniques more fluidly moving on to Surikomi Sokuto Uraken Gyakuzuki for example.
All 6th Kyu Renrakuwaza
Develop Tsugi Ashi with these specifically designed Renraku Waza.