Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Martial Arts Multiple Attackers

In our training as we work out with our partner, while the practice is one on one, we always assume and want to prepare for multiple attackers in a given situation.
Everything is always one vs. many.
During the past few classes we have been exploring specific points regarding one vs. many in training so once identified we can always keep them in mind and practice them in all our class training movements.
An example from last class, as it relates to movement, posture, and balance:
You and your training partner stand in the middle of a circle surrounded by other training partners. Ahead of time, and unknown to you a second attacker/partner is selected for the drill.
We begin by having the first training partner grab you, and you apply hajutsu (escape methods) to break the hold and free yourself. As soon as that happens the second attacking training partner moves in on you.
Naturally in addition to the unknown they will be moving in on you approaching your blind spot, or behind you, closing very quickly.
In that brief moment you may hear movement, feel a sense of approach, or even see something moving towards you from a blind angle. 
The "natural" non martial arts action is to turn you head to see it.
In your day-to-day when you need to see something you turn your head.
With regard to martial arts movement we don't want to just turn our head- this is not integrated movement, and is not moving the entire body at the same time, facing the threat. 
Kamae- postures and ways of moving in the martial arts.
We want to move the body with the head- everything in alignment so not only are we not out of balance, but as soon as we identify (see) our new training partner, we are ready to move and act on them.
Little, tiny, specific points like this are BIG when it comes to one vs. many.

Each week we aim to post training highlights from recent classes as a way of sharing the expressions of budo, while giving those interested in pursuing training insight into some of the movements and philosophies explored in each class.