Aug 29 2009

Home study

Published by at 8:59 am under Training at Home

I am often asked what to study at home.  When this question is posed, I often stick to the safe stand-by’s san shin, the koshi sanpo and ukemi.  These are good things to practise, but I have some advice which has helped my practise over the past year.

As I have discussed before in writing and conversations, the kata of the Bujinkan are difficult to train on your own.  The majority of the kata rely on facing an opponent.  You receive an attack respond to the attack and end up folding your opponent into a pretzel to finish them.  How can you possibly practise that by yourself?  The answer is visualization.

Using your visualization, you can create an opponent based on your experience.  With this opponent in mind it becomes possible to train your technique effectively even at home.  I challenge you to give it a try, you will be pleased with the results.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Home study”

  1. Mikeon 29 Aug 2009 at 11:24 am

    So THAT’S why I see you jerking around with fresh scars and blood appearing from nowhere.

  2. Bon 11 Sep 2009 at 9:42 pm

    very helpfull post sir
    thank you

  3. Jimon 06 May 2010 at 2:22 pm

    It’s a great way to practice ukemi as well and to cultivate zanshin. By practicing the kata and then practicing uke’s perspective according to the kata’s rhythm you broaden your understanding of it. I don’t believe that it is appropriate to practice henka on your own until there is a solid understanding of both sides of the form.

    Practicing this way helps you to answer on your own: “what’s the ukemi to this?” that often comes up. On a broader level, it helps develop a three-dimensional, before-during-after understanding of how situations tend to play out.

    In absence of someone to train with, I offer this opinion.


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