How We Practice Randori

Are you ready?

The dojo is the safest place in the world.

To the outsider it seems strange to be hit, thrown around, and taken to the ground. Yet, for those in the dojo it is a way to understand natural movement, and in that movement how we are all connected.

Training partners, sempai and kohai, are here to help you evolve to your best in a safe-growth capacity. They watch over you with compassion, pushing your limits, helping as needed.

You can make as many mistakes in the dojo as you need, but none outside of the dojo.

Sparring.

Randori.

Often used in the martial arts.

But to what end?

A little regarding our approach.

Randori is where you receive an attack, and follow with natural movement, all without planning. An idea of helping you to move without thinking- mushin, no mind. 

Something happens and you move.

Don't have a plan in your mind, let the transmission carry you.

A process of self-discovery and correction, if you get hit, or make a mistake that is OK- the dojo is the safest place for that.

For those just starting out on the martial path the attack is defined before hand and often just one- like a punch or a kick.

As movement is understood, the speed increases, the number and types of attacks increase.

Randori as a way of developing natural movement.


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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art.

Questions, comments, feedback, and inquiries may be emailed to the group here: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com.