Jul 05 2009

The road to Shodan

Published by at 1:34 pm under Training at Home

We have restarted our curriculum cycle.  As I have mentioned before we are going from 4th kyu to shodan.  This will be new to a lot of the students as it will be new to me teaching the material.  For the longest time I have been going over the lower level kyus (higher number kyus) to get the basic movements ingrained in (y)our bodies.  Now it is time to get the higher level concepts integrated in your movement.

Many of the techniques which you will study over the next few months are going to be techniques you have seen before, I will just spend a lot more time on the details of how these techniques work so that you can become creative with their application.

I will warn you in advance, in the Bujinkan Shodan is not a big deal.  In Japan as a whole shodan is not a big deal.  It literally means lower rank.  It is more of an indication of dedication rather than proficiency.  As soon as you forget that conversations like “That person does not deserve that rank” or “We have a more stringent grading than everyone else” come up.  This is not the correct approach.  As soon as you get the idea that because you are associated with a certain way of doing things gives you a sense of pride, you have lost the point.  The rank doesn’t matter as long as you can survive.

If you are in a fight and have a shodan under a stringent curriculum but still lose it means nothing.  What is important is that you learn the feeling that Hatsumi sensei is trying to convey.  Once you have that feeling everything else will fall into place.

Your life is on the line, train well.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “The road to Shodan”

  1. BRon 08 Jul 2009 at 4:00 pm

    They kanji for shodan means first step/grade.

    Please have a look again. ;)

  2. Mikeon 09 Jul 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Fortunately, even with the “correct” meaning, the spirit of what Anton wrote is intact. Therefore, semantics don’t really matter. ;)

  3. BRon 12 Jul 2009 at 5:05 pm


  4. Mikeon 12 Jul 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I just thought it was funny that out of everything that Anton said, all you did was reply with an inconsequential correction. That’s all.

  5. Bradon 22 Sep 2009 at 11:01 pm

    With out blogs like this.
    I would still be chasing a rank
    and not studying life.

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