Archive for February, 2009

Feb 25 2009

Attack Power vs Attack Duration

Published by under Training at Home

OK, this is one of the hardest concepts which I have encountered to explain in words.

The more powerful the attacks the less of them you can string together without reseting yourself.  Take a side kick vs wing chung chain punches for example.  The same person doing the techniques, obviously one side kick is much stronger than any one of those punches.

This creates an interesting situation when fighting, you might argue that through experience wait for your opponent to reset then respond.  But this is not true.  If you were analyzing an opponent that you were fighting in a sport then you might have that time.  If you had hours of tape to review might be able to scope him out and know  what his skills are.  In a self defence situation you don’t have a lot of time to do this.

So how does this knowledge help then if you can’t use it against your opponent?  But you can, it’s just you must do some self examination.  Know your attacks, know how they can be put together.  Understand how you can switch from attack to defence.

When you are outside fighting, it’s not like a kung fu film and it’s not like a UFC event there is no time.  No long fights where you finally overcome your opponent by personal growth while you are fighting.  No rounds and referees which guarantee you will be fighting one opponent at a time with no surprises.

You need to know what your limits are, if you bring out your game breaker punch realize it will take you a while to recover from it, that attack better land.  If someone is throwing jabs and you are doing a huge uke nagashi, your timing better be good.

I am still thinking about this so I will leave you at that.  Next post will probably be on facing jabs, a fitting end to the month of striking.  This is also a question which Bujinkan members ask far too much because we train it far too infrequently.

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Feb 22 2009

正中線 (Seichusen)

A friend and sempai of mine in Japan had been studying this concept recently.  He mentioned it in passing and was kind enough to offer me an explanation.  Sei chu sen translates as True Centre Line.  It is the centre line of the body or in the case of a kamae the line from the lead hand (weapon) to the centre of the spine.

I mention this just as a concept to research, I really have nothing much to say regarding this.  I won’t repeat the explanation I received without permission, especially seeing as how my sempai is new to this concept (at least in words) himself.  I am just happy that I have friends in Japan to pass this information to me while I am away.  So if he is reading, thanks.

If anyone has more information let me know.

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Feb 19 2009

Muggings on the rise in Edmonton

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

Personal thefts are up as high as 31 percent this year.

First off let me be clear I have no idea of what that stat means.  As high as 31 percent?  What are we breaking it down into regions.

Aside from that I would like to say that I do not teach the idea of safety enough.  It’s one thing to learn how to fight, another thing entirely to avoid danger in the first place.  Not wearing headsets in isolated places.  Not keeping lots of money or valuables in site.  Being aware of what’s going on around you.  Things like that, simple things which make you a harder target.

I think I will have to start teaching classes about avoiding danger, not just kicking ass and taking names.

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Feb 12 2009

A dangerous nobody

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This was a phrase told to me by a friend and teacher of Budo.

He said that those with no control are dangerous nobodies.  This is a true statement.  When you are training with a beginner, they are unaware of how techniques work.  Because of that you help them by not resisting which may just put you in a dangerous position.  This is when the problems start.  If the beginner (or person without control) feels that they have the technique, then put on the speed and power.  If you do not have good ukemi you can get seriously hurt.

Even when you are training with a beginner don’t let your guard down.  This is training for you as well.

Thanks for reminding me.  Ghetto Budo.

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Feb 07 2009


OK, first make all of Hatsumi Sensei’s jokes about thrusts.  Let’s move on.

Recently it has been driving me nuts how people were surrendering their power doing punches.  When your fist makes contact with the opponent/punching bag, your arm should be in the final punching position with only your legs and hip left to do the work.

My club has a method to hold the arm i.e. what angle the elbow should be and what angle the fist should be at.  This varies often from person to person.  But regardless your arm should be in that final position.  If it is not you are using your triceps to punch.  This is OK but it is not the Bujinkan tsuki.

I just had to get it out of my system.  If there are any questions/rebuttles let me know.

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Feb 04 2009

We will fight, while standing, while sitting, while jumping. We will not surrender!

Yes I know that’s not how Sir Winston Churchill said it.  But that’s the goal for the next three months.  A true understanding of material leading up to 5th kyu.

The first month will be spent against different styles of punches and kicks.  We don’t want to get caught in our own little world.  In the techniques of the Bujinkan, it does not say what type of punch.  So we need to work against retracting punches, hooks, uppercuts etc.  We need to work against kicks, snap kicks, roundhouse kicks, knees etc.

Second month throws, how do you deal with people trying to throw you?  What if they are using wrist locks?  If you are at the point where you need to take ukemi, you are in a bad place.  How can you position yourself so it doesn’t happen?

Third month ground, dealing with ukemi, taihen jutsu, kihon happo etc.  Can you do everything you can standing up on the ground?  Do you know how your movement works on the ground or are you going to just do what you see on PPV events?

So that’s basically what is going on February through April.  In May we look forward to doing considerable work on the top few kyus leading to Shodan.

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Feb 02 2009

Hanbo training without the Hanbo?

Published by under Bujinkan Training Drills

It’s madness I know but I did it.  You see the problem that I found with other martial arts where a weapon is added as an afterthought is you have to learn more than one method of moving.  No so in the Bujinkan.

Anyhow here is how the exercise works, do one of the hanbo movements against a punch.  Do it again changing the distance so that you can hit without the hanbo.  Simple right?  Well the movement should be if you learnt how to use that habo properly.  But check your distance, can you be hit?  When your strike is landing can you go into hitcho without changing your weight?  If not then you are not correctly anchored.  When you are working the tsuki are you practising striking up, down and strait through?

It is a lot harder than it seems but give it a try and if you have some success or discover anything let me know in the comments please.

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