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Jul 01 2009

Three timings on kicks? Not exactly…

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I received a question a while back on three timings as it pertains to kicks.  Well in short it doesn’t easily.

I could very well get into a long winded explanation on the nature of closing the distance with kicks.  But I believe explaing kicking in a different way would be of more benefit.  We should instead look at your kicking range based on which leg you are using.

If you could please imagine yourself in a ichimonji of the gyokko ryu variety (quick pop quiz for my students) and think about throwing a kick.  I am guessing 99.9 % of you imagined the kick of the rear leg.  Well there you have it, you have established one distance.  Keep in mind though you can also throw a kick with the lead leg.

The lead leg is a bit more tricky because if you don’t close the distance you are limited to hitting something/someone whom is already in your range.  The other option is you are hitting a target which is moving into your space.

Kicks are something that I feel we (as a club) are not very skilled at.  There fortunately is an easy remedy for that.  Training our kicks.  Although the theme for the next couple months is back to curriculum (4th kyu through shodan) I will make sure to practise kicks every class.  Please help me remember because this is something which is very useful when dealing with an opponent whom overpowers you by a fair amount (ask me in class).

Your life is on the line, train well.

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Jun 01 2009

Leg power for striking timings

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Before you get carried away and say Mr.P you have talked a lot about striking already, what more can there possibly be?  We must examine how our legs are used in the strikes.

Just a review the there timings are:

1. Step then strike (longest range)

2. Step and strike at the same time (mid range)

3. Strike then step (close range)

I mention these timings from the start of training.  When you are learning the techniques of 9th kyu you should already have this in mind.  It stops the ridiculous Bujinkan tendency to do lunge punches when you are so close a reverse punch will do.

Why do we learn the lunge punch then, the blog reader asked nonplussed by the dilemma?  Because covering the greatest distance and doing the first mentioned timing is the easiest way to generate the power.

You see when you step then punch you can treat the stepping leg as the power generator.  It pulls you forward, and twists your body.  Just add the sink to brace yourself and you have one powerful strike. The third timing is a bit more difficult, you are pulling forward with the lead leg.  Once again this twists your body and generates power. The second timing is the most difficult.  Power is generated using both legs.  There are two pulls involved with this punch, with the lead leg and the stepping leg after you break the centre point of the punch.

I have been saying recently that if you want to add power, move strongly with the legs and keep the upper body relaxed.  When you work with this concept (whether it be new, old or just a different method of articulation) keep this strong lower body relaxed upper body in mind.  It will help all aspects of your taijutsu.

Your life is on the line, train well.

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Oct 14 2008

Reader Question #1

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I have received a question.

I was hoping you could talk about the foundation of peace and what you think it is.  The reason I am asking this is because of the following quote ‘Know that the secret of Tai Jutsu is the foundation of Peace.  If you learn this, you can walk the path of the immovable heart’.

I was hoping that the question would be specifically about training and not about some philosophical concept that I will answer in a way, which no one will understand.  It is not like I am a philosophical Tai Jutsu master or anything like that.  All that said I put myself out there with each post so here we go.

I will not get into a debate about the foundation of peace for nations.  I am sure that this is a debate that can be better handled for those whom are well studied and experienced.  So how can I as a citizen of Canada live a peaceful life?  What does this have to do with the secret of Tai Jutsu.  I heard Hatsumi Sensei say that he hopes to make enough good people (good natured I am guessing) strong so that those whom are bad will not be able to act without fear or action.

Is it enough just to defend yourself?  Will you have an immovable heart if you are safe but you see cruelty to others and stand by without action?

Right before the line that was provided as part of the question came the following.

The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:

All human life includes the scum that would threaten the life of those whom you hold dear.  Can you maintain fudoshin while dealing with someone like this?  Can you see the value in the life of such an abhorrent individual?  Can you spend 5 minutes to help a stranger, or can you put your life on the line to help.

Anyhow I know I didn’t answer the question as much as asking more questions.  I guess that means I do not know the secret.  I invite anyone to please give your feedback on this question.  Oh and if you have training questions ask those.  I am better at those.

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