Nov 25 2008

Still on Japan time (moving through the hips explained, kind of)

Published by at 6:27 am under Seminars,Training at Home,Training in Japan

It’s 5 AM and I am starting to get tired.  I guess that’s what happens when you have nothing to do on a specific time line.  Because I am awake, I guess I should talk about moving through the hips.

Moving through the hips is something that I can not give physical instruction on how to do.  It is something that must be experienced.  It’s part of that whole “this art can not be taught” thing.  The only thing that I will mention is that a few people in the Bujinkan that I have met do this, fewer still explain it when they are teaching.

I guess it should have been self event, even to someone like me who is a bit slow on the uptake.  But never the less, if I can’t explain the movement, perhaps I can explain the benefit.

As I said in a previous post I got this from Noguchi Sensei.  In the past while observing this I had thought it was the use of his back muscles to generate this power, which may be part of it.  If you however recreate the movement you thing you are seeing using your hips instead you can create a response in the opponent which feels quite powerful even though they can tell you are not using your physical strength.

I have also experienced this while being twisted up by Oguri Sensei, it seems like he is using a lot of power, when his upper body is relaxed.  Lets be honest the man is in his late 60’s, I should be able to use my muscles and overpower him.  I have tried to be strong, it doesn’t make a difference.

Now if you are saying, “My favourite Japanese Shihan X does it too”, you’re at a 10 we need you at a 2.  I know that, but the first person to talk about moving through the hips to me directly was Oguri Sensei, the first one to explicitly show me to move through the hips was Noguchi Sensei which is why those two names were mentioned.

That’s all on this for now.  On a final note though, there is a Japanton seminar hosted by Calgary.  I have to drop a line for them since they are the only ones who will actually host me.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Still on Japan time (moving through the hips explained, kind of)”

  1. Jasonon 25 Nov 2008 at 1:40 pm

    The only thing improving that picture would be the pumpkin toque.

  2. Antonon 26 Nov 2008 at 5:47 am

    Good point, I should be in Japan next year at Halloween, I will bring that hat if I can find it.

  3. BRon 27 Nov 2008 at 12:54 am


    What did you mean by this quote?

    “Now if you are saying, “My favourite Japanese Shihan X does it too”, you’re at a 10 we need you at a 2.”

    Perhaps this was a passing reference to me, since I lurk on your blog every now and then?

    You never did reply to my last reply of your e-mail. ;)

    I gather your favorite Shihan in Japan are Noguchi-sensei and Oguri-sensei?

    You could probably distill your training even more and train more with one of them so that you can get that Shihan’s movement down-pat. Although you might already know who I think moves the closest to Soke.

    Anyway, I’ve said enough here on your blog. Please e-mail me whenever you find the time.

  4. Someone who knows (maybe)on 27 Nov 2008 at 2:55 am

    Ahh, but Hatsumi Sensei has recently chided people who stick to only one shihan! All four Shitenno have equally important things to teach, but each focuses on but a facet of the entirety.

    And don’t think you can cheat by just sticking with the Boss! He himself says not to do this, as he claims to be a bad teacher! Anyways, he now teaches at an advanced level, and has no time for showing the basics. Who of us can say the same?

  5. Antonon 27 Nov 2008 at 8:45 am

    As Someone who knows mentioned and as George Ohashi put on his blog:

    Soke said the following at Hombu last Sunday.

    “When you are in Japan, please attend as many classes by Nagato / Noguchi / Oguri / Senou Shihan as you can. Not a very good idea to study under only one of them, because each has different characteristics. The more, the better. If you train only with me, you won’t understand this Budo.”

    Please follow his advice.

    This is requesting you train with all of them that’s why I put Shihan X because I don’t want to put any practitioner on a pedestal above the others.

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