Monday, November 5, 2018

Martial Arts Training In Nature

In a previous post we explored some training ideas regarding practice outside of class- focusing on the basics of your martial art system, drilling this "kihon" so your body can learn the movement mechanics of the art. This allows the transmission of the movements in class to take hold and gives us a chance to catch the feeling. In our training group, all of us, work on the lessons of the ten ryaku no maki every day. Developing a training routine and rhythm is important in building a foundation of movement, but every now and then it is important to break that routine...

Training in nature is an important concept in the training philosophy, especially around the changing times of nature- a chance to get our in the woods and practice the martial arts.

An example of training- ukemi & taisabaki, pulled right from the ten ryaku no maki section of training. In the woods, we pick a direction and start moving. As we come across trees, rocks, and other natural obstacles, we use ukemi and taihenjutsu to move past them. Rolling over fallen trees, side stepping around trees, leaping (tobi) over rocks. No cheating once you start moving! Sometimes a bit of shoten no jutsu (climbing to heaven) is even needed. 

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.