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If you have a sprained ankle or broken leg, you will need crutches until you recover.

In Kishaba Juku, we are sometimes asked about our use of a "double hip."

In order to develop power using your whole body, it is necessary to connect your upper and lower body through your core and koshi. Hip motion is an important aspect of generating and directing power.

When a student is stiff and not used to a rotary use of the hip (koshi), we will try all sorts of exercises to get them to loosen up and move their hips. One such excercise is using a double hip movement.

Of course, such a movement would not be useful in practical circumstances -- it is too slow. The use of a double hip motion is just an execrcise, or crutch, until the student catches on. But if a student only learns to that level, he might think that it is used at all levels.

Once you are healthy, you no longer need crutches (for hip movement or otherwise).


Charles C. Goodin