Archive for November, 2008

Nov 27 2008

Seeing the future and Miroku Bosatsu

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I thought I would mention it shortly.  Hatsumi Sensei was talking about the importance of being able to see the future.  Then he mentioned it was like Miroku Bosatsu.  To get the full context I would have to explain the reference but you don’t get those.  Because being abstract is so beautiful I will let you figure it out on your own.  That is unless I am asked nicely.

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Nov 25 2008

Still on Japan time (moving through the hips explained, kind of)

It’s 5 AM and I am starting to get tired.  I guess that’s what happens when you have nothing to do on a specific time line.  Because I am awake, I guess I should talk about moving through the hips.

Moving through the hips is something that I can not give physical instruction on how to do.  It is something that must be experienced.  It’s part of that whole “this art can not be taught” thing.  The only thing that I will mention is that a few people in the Bujinkan that I have met do this, fewer still explain it when they are teaching.

I guess it should have been self event, even to someone like me who is a bit slow on the uptake.  But never the less, if I can’t explain the movement, perhaps I can explain the benefit.

As I said in a previous post I got this from Noguchi Sensei.  In the past while observing this I had thought it was the use of his back muscles to generate this power, which may be part of it.  If you however recreate the movement you thing you are seeing using your hips instead you can create a response in the opponent which feels quite powerful even though they can tell you are not using your physical strength.

I have also experienced this while being twisted up by Oguri Sensei, it seems like he is using a lot of power, when his upper body is relaxed.  Lets be honest the man is in his late 60’s, I should be able to use my muscles and overpower him.  I have tried to be strong, it doesn’t make a difference.

Now if you are saying, “My favourite Japanese Shihan X does it too”, you’re at a 10 we need you at a 2.  I know that, but the first person to talk about moving through the hips to me directly was Oguri Sensei, the first one to explicitly show me to move through the hips was Noguchi Sensei which is why those two names were mentioned.

That’s all on this for now.  On a final note though, there is a Japanton seminar hosted by Calgary.  I have to drop a line for them since they are the only ones who will actually host me.

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Nov 21 2008

Skills and Levels (Japanton post #100)

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In Budo, I compare people on Skills and Levels.

For example, I have different skills than the other teachers in the Club.  When I am away I let Brian and Russ teach knowing that the quality of training will not suffer.

Someone like Lubos is on another Level.  I might have one or two skills which happen to be better, but the rest of the skills which he has are on such a higher level than mine that I have to go through a complete paradigm shift to reach his level.

Why do I mention this?   Because while I am not away you guys must train.  It doesn’t matter if I am not teaching.  I have very little to teach Brian and Russ.  They have a lot to teach you guys.  Anyhow I am back now so I guess I will just make sure to remind everyone when I next go to Japan.

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Nov 20 2008

Back Home in First Class

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Well I had to spend 12 hours in MSP airport but I made it back safe.  Was moved to first class on the way back from MSP, it was nice.  One person mentioned they were in seat 15F.  Under my breath I said “Do seats go up to that many letters” which got a laugh out of everyone who heard.  I know I’m the bad guy.  Don’t worry next class I will be in Coach so it’s OK.  Now the real training starts, figuring out how to put what I learnt in my everyday training.

In my opinion thats the secret, practise of what you saw in Japan.  That’s what used to happen when we did not have a lot of information.  People would travel to Japan and take what small parts they could from the Shihan and bring it back to practise.  The problem is we have some much information, what do we practice.  The answer is simple anything we want.

Calm down now everyone, are at a 10 I need you at a 2 (thanks Cenk).  Kihon Happo is important, but the more I train in Japan, the better my relationship becomes with Sensei and the Japanese shihan, the more I hear them telling me about Kihon.  The small points in technique that we need to know.  So it doesn’t matter what techniques you practise so long as you know what’s important.

Anyhow I have three things to work on.

1.  Moving through the hips.  (Courtesy of Noguchi Sensei)

2.  Moving slowly enough to feel opponents reactions, but quickly enough to act on them. (Courtesy of Oguri Sensei)

3.  Capturing the opponents without strength.  (by Hatsumi Sensei)

I will take some time later to elaborate on this.  Especially if you have questions on one of the afformentioned skills.  Anyhow it’s time to rest up for class tonight.

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Nov 18 2008

Good Training

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I am leaving Japan tomorrow.  I am sad to go.  I told Noguchi Sensei I was leaving and went to shake his hand, I got a hug instead.  I told Hatsumi Sensei I was leaving, he said good training and be safe (he told the other guy be safe, no mention of training).  Japan is great, I don’t want to leave but I will again.  Canada is my home and I don’t want to stay away for too long.

I look forward to the real world again, training with all of you at home.

Oh and Liz, I did not go bamboo.  This blog is still written in English after all (no matter how poor).

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Nov 17 2008

Yaki Tori

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I trained during the day and tonight had Yaki tori.  It was a good day.

She seemed to enjoy it anyhow.

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Nov 14 2008

I am Improving?

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That’s what I was told on the Friday Night class.  I am not sure I believe that because Hatsumi Sensei’s comments can not be trusted.  (You are all doing good techniques but I am not teaching techniques.)  But I got a painting of a kama kiri and this picture.

What is Lubos doing there in the background?

Just one question, why is Lubos in the Background?

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Nov 13 2008

My faith in the techniques

There seems to be questions which many people have about if the techniques can work.  At first I though this was a fooling thing to be asking, but maybe not so much now.  If you have questions of if your techniques will work agaist someone bigger and stronger then either you have learnt the techniques wrong or your are being taught something other than Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

Too many people seem to thing that the techniques that they are being taught are ineffective then look at them again.  Find someone who can do them against an opponent while using no strength.  Look for a good Shihan who has the solid technique and understanding of what Hatsumi Sensei and the Shihan are doing.  One who will correct you when you are doing something wrong.

If you can’t get someone who says “no” when you don’t get it, someone who will point you in the right direction you are in trouble.  These techniques, this feeling that Hatsumi Sensei is trying to pass on can save your life.

I was lucky enough to have teachers which built a foundation and desire to look at what is good and even question what I was being taught.  Then I was fortunate enough to go to Japan several times to continue my learning.  The information is out there sometimes it is hard to find bu you can get to it.

Your life is on the line, practice your well.

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Nov 11 2008

Encouragement or insult?

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Once again last night, Hatsumi Sensei said to us “Everyone must look at the Takamatsu DVD and see that I was not very good.  So don’t worry about your progress”.

If this was the first time he said it, I would pass it off as nothing.  Well no I wouldn’t but I would have kept it to myself.  We must improve.  As a whole we in the Bujinkan must improve.  On some fundamental level we give ourself the excuse that in time we will somehow get to a point where our techniques do not require force.  When will this be?  Will it just magically happen without training for that goal.  Esentially we were being compared to Hatsumi sensei in his early training with Takamatsu.  The problem is we have been training for years.  If we pay attention we should be getting better.

Anyhow I am sure Sensei was talking to everyone but me.

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Nov 08 2008

Oops, I forgot to be abstract

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Well I was in a sensei class and I made a mistake.  When asked to explain what a technique felt like I explained what happened in a non abstract fashion.  I should have gotten a page out of the arts playbook and made my answer more nebulous.  I guess the problem with my answer was it would make sense to people with my background.  Mechanically it was correct and many people said from what I described to what they saw it made sense.  But for those who are not connected to a solid understanding of mechanical things, this would not clarify anything.

Next time I will talk about animals and the earth moving around the sun and random nobel laureates<spelling corrected>.

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