Tanto Dori: Zu Dori

what is the meaning of zu dori?

Zu (head) Dori is a what I call "Oldschool" technique. Over the years, I've seen a number of variations. 

They all come down to one thing: Neck Manipulation. Whatever the variation, the movement of the neck is taken to the extreme.

demonstration of zu dori

The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Kamae

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Uraken

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Tsuki

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Zudori

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Hizageri

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Kekomi

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Zu Dori - Zanshin

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Videos on zu dori

performance

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explanation

what's the right distance?

When I noticed another instructor strike the back of the hand, I asked Ishikawa Sensei about his opinion on that approach. His reply contained two arguments for striking the elbow, which I highlight in this video.

position your hands and elbows right here...

In order to prevent your opponent from turning left AND right, you have to position your hand and elbow in exactly the right place.

teaching zu dori in the dojo 2012

Variation of zu dori by sakagami sensei

The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Tsuki Age and Zu Dori combination - Kamae

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Tsuki Age and Zu Dori combination - Mikiri

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Tsuki Age and Zu Dori combination - Osae Uke and Tsuki

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The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori - Tsuki Age and Zu Dori combination - Zudori and Kekomi

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