what is the meaning of nagasu?
Nagasu means flow or current (like a stream).
Practically Nagasu has ‘simply’ 2 meanings or ways to use.
- One is to parry the attack
- The other is to let the attack pass your body.
Funny enough, "inasu" translates into parry, but usually in budo terms we explain Inasu as to dodge or redirect, and nagasu to let pass and parry.
Let's get on the same page first...
Nagasu means to let the attack pass your body. Simply put, when you are ‘not there’ the attack passes the body. However, that could be either to escape or to avoid. For karate, avoiding (Kawasu) is more proper as this means that you are within Maai to hit the opponent instantly. It's better to be hit slightly than to step to the outside so you can stay close to the opponent.
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What is nagasu?
Nagasu as "parry" is a bit too generic as this may put you off track. Or better verbalised: limited.
You may think about techniques like Nagashi Uke in Kihon Kumite 4 as demonstrated by Sakagami sensei. It is the easiest way to understand Nagashi, but also a limited way.
EVERY technique can have Nagasu. Simply rotate your wrist and contact the opponents movement in a 45-ish degree angle and voila: Nagashi.
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Simply translate and say Nagasu is to let pass or parry is all you need to know. The rest is practise... BUT: It does not even come close to describing how to use your body. What, When, Why, How. What for... Get ready to dig deeper.
nagasu for attack and defense
Nagasu comes with body movenent, it can't exist without it...
...Remember Ten I, Ten Tai and Ten Gi?
Ten I and Ten Tai together are what makes Ten Gi "Nagasu". In plain English that means that moving your body and twisting your body are what allows you to avoid the attack. What dictates the logic movement of your arms.
Then Ten Gi comes in.
The following techniques are all applications of Nagasu because you:
- Use your body to avoid an attack
- Turn basic Uke Waza into Nagashi Uke (here's how)
- Execute various types of Nagashizuki.
meotode nagashizuki with takedown
There is a difference between Kihon and Kumite. One key is to not keep the punch in the extended position. In that sense, Nagashizuki from Ido Kihon is already an application. When dealing with an opponent, it's necessary to understand how you can apply basics and connect one technique to the other.