Archive for August, 2014

Aug 19 2014

Moving through Kamae and controlling space

Last night we went over koku and renyo from gyokko ryu.  I thought I would share some of my training ideas from Koku.

When defending it is exceedingly difficult to attack arms.  Strikes come quickly and are most often withdrawn.  (Bujinkan tsuki being an exception since we use our bodies to match our armed techniques.)  When doing Koku, I find this a helpful sequence of events for the tori:

  1. Step back at 45 degrees to left ichimonji no kamae
  2. Step back to the left until you are square to the opponent in Jumonji no kamae (you will be on the line formed by the opponents legs)
  3. Pull the right leg back and around (all the way to 45 degrees back and to the left) and take hitcho
  4. Drop the left leg from hitcho forward into a forward ichimonji

With this sequence of tiahenjutsu you will be able to concentrate on guarding the space between you and your opponent.  Any of the blocks and strikes are a consequence of these movements and will allow you to focus on moving to a safe location without chasing after the densho targets.

To the students who will be at class on Monday, please consider these points and if you have question ask.  I will be happy to demonstrate what I can to help you understand these movements.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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Aug 04 2014

Tetsuzan back in Print

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You can once again purchase Tetsuzan Bujinkan Densho.  This book is a print of newsletters which have articles from Hatsumi Sensei and the senior Shihan.  The articles which tell you about training methods and the dangers of incorporating incorrect movement into your kihon.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the senior instructors thoughts on training.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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