Archive for June, 2009

Jun 21 2009

Seeing the bigger picture

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As Budo-ka we have a responsibility to those around us.  We hold ourselves (or should) and are held to a higher standard because of our training.  In our art this goes beyond punches and kicks.  In budo we study the relationship between ourselves and others.  At the start that is our opponent, and we move out from there.  I would like to take a bit of time to recognize Jon and the work he did in raising money for a Cancer walk/run that was held yesterday.  It is actions like these which make an impact on those around us.  Acts of selflessness benefit our global community and that is the kind of attitude that I feel Hatsumi Sensei is trying to generate between all of us who train in his art.

Your life is on the line, train well.

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Jun 21 2009

An intelectual realization

Published by under Training at Home

In our budo, there is more than just the physical aspect of technique.  I am going to spend a little time talking about the mental aspect of our techniques.

Budo is a very unique activity which I feel must be associated with a intellectual realization.  Like music, art or mathematics; you can have the same groundwork with different results.  Through an exploration you will come to a moment where something will make sense and the task will become so easy you will wonder how you were having trouble with it before.

Two budo-ka of equal physical ability will not necessarily be even in skill.  This becomes apparent when you are dealing with multiple opponents.

With multiple opponents, you can not become attached to the techniques and skills which you have learnt in the past.  Sometimes you need to abandon your techniques half way.  Sometimes you have to take the initiative.  When you are at a disadvantage is when your skills are really shown.  You must be an artist, creative with your tools.  You need to know what to put in and even more importantly what to leave out.

This is a bit of a scatter brained Hatsumi-esque post but if you want more information on what I am getting at ask me.

Your life is on the line, train well.

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Jun 01 2009

Leg power for striking timings

Published by under Questions for Anton

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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