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Group Taigi Performance

The Group Category Taigi Performance is a team performance of Taigi #7, 19 & 20 all performed as a unified set by a 6-person team.

Allotted time is 188 seconds.

Quicktime movie of a group taigi performance
Team:
The team consists of 6 people:
  • Pair 1 performs Taigi 7 (Munetsuki & Keri)
  • Pair 2 performs Taigi 19 (Munetsuki)
  • Pair 3 are the nage and first uke for Taigi 20 (Niningake, Sanningake, Randori)
    (second and third uke are chosen from the team and the remaining members will be uke for randori.
  • Performance Arena:
    The performance arena is the same as the standard Taigi arena (7 tatami lengths by 12 tatami widths *), except there are three sets of starting marks, the first at four Tatami widths from the back line and each then about 4 widths farther along. The marks are 4 widths apart; the same as the standard Taigi starting marks.

    * Standard Tatami is 6 ft. long by 3 ft. wide

    Performance:
    To begin the Group performance the team enters the arena in the same way as Individual teams do; nage to the right (facing shomen). The pair 1 enters and pairs 2 and 3 follow so that they all reach their marks at the same moment, turn to face their partners together, kneel together and bow together. The bow is cued by the Chief Judge (in competition) or by the senior nage (in practice) calling "rei".

    As soon as the bow is completed the first pair begin Taigi 7 and pairs 2 and 3 move back from the line to wait (in seiza) just inside the arena boundary. As soon as pair 1 completes the last art of Taigi 7, they retire to the waiting line and at the same time pair 2 begins Taigi 19. Neither pair bow again at this time.

    As soon as pair 2 is finished with 19 they retire and Taigi 20 begins.

    The nage of the pair 3 is the nage for Taigi 20; nage moves to the center and faces the shomen. The uke of the pair 3 is the first uke (grabbing nage's left arm). The second uke may be any of the other team members. Keep in mind that pair 2 has just completed Taigi 19. If the second uke is drawn from pair 1 and should move down the arena during the performance of Taigi 19 so that he/she can move into position without delay. The person who will be third uke should also move into a waiting position during the early moves of Taigi 20. The third uke may be either to the left or the right and slightly behind where the nage and the first and second ukes are performing. When it is time for the three-person throw (seiretsu) the third uke moves in so that all three uke grab the nage at the same moment.

    When the randori section starts, all five team members are uke, starting from where ever they are on the mat. Nage calls the end of the randori ("Hai" or "Stop") at the correct time. Everybody immediately stops and returns to the starting lines (seiza) and bow as cued by the senior nage. Stand together, turn together, exit in line together.


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