May 07 2008

Striking during techniques

Published by at 3:49 pm under Bujinkan Training Drills,Training in Japan

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is supposed to be a free art, allowing for a certain amount of creativity.  When preforming techniques you will often see soke and the Japanese shihan adding extra strikes in the midst of preforming the technique.

The reason I bring this up is there is a benefit to us following that example, and also a danger.

If we add in strikes, it can allow us to cover a lack of understanding of the technique.  Basically we can hit the person and make the technique work although it is not correct.

On the other hand, if you do not practice throwing strikes during the technique, you end up forgetting that you have these weapons that you can use.  Your taijutsu becomes compartmentalized, and you get stuck in a grappling situation, or a striking situation, or a weapons situation.

So what’s a good balance?  I don’t know, I will need to work it out myself but I leave it to the post comments to help me out.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Striking during techniques”

  1. Scotton 07 May 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I would say that you’re right in that a balance needs to be struck. Where that balance needs to occur is in your own awareness.

    When practicing a technique it is fari to say that no matter what level, you realize you could be doing it better. But at the same time even at the lower Kyu levels, most people who have trained for a significant amount of time will know whether they are adding the strikes because they feel somewhat confident in the technique and when they are having fun or hiding their ignorence of the technique.

    Soke says play, so play.

    But just remember that Pros and little league basball players all still have to practice drills if they want to play.

  2. Nadiaon 09 May 2008 at 2:59 pm

    How is the candy hunt coming along? And also, maybe you could write something on your blog that Marie and I can understand.

  3. Brianon 11 May 2008 at 11:34 am

    I think starting with finding the places in the technique where you don’t need to strike is important. By saying that i mean the places where the opponent is too far gone into the technique to counter. One can then build from there, trying to use strikes in different timings and places within the technique.
    I believe that one has to have a good grasp on the technique and the different types of strikes and how to throw them. Then you can see/feel what will work well within a specific technique. Without the training it is very hard to see a balance and mesh the two together. Knowing where that balance is could be just a matter of experience.

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