Martial Arts Ukemi Taihenjutsu

How long have we been rolling? 

Normally a part of warming up, it’s now been a good thirty minutes. 

Forward rolls, side rolls, back rolls. Ryu-sui. 

Even some sabaki gata followed by rolling. 

At this point one had to pace themselves. 


Finishing the roll we all stood up, shizen and relaxed. 

Take a moment and feel where you are. 

The shoulders, back, or hips. Any other part of the body- is there tension? 

Rolling should be relaxed and tension free, moving with a certain fluidity. 

Practicing for thirty minutes should be the same as only a few minutes- no tension. 

Building on this exercise, I often use it in my practice at home. 

Performing a waza or a kata for a few times, I take a pause and *feel* the internals of my body. 

Am I carrying tension? 

Is there a part of my joints that are stiff? 


A brief pause for some junan taiso- martial arts stretching to undo the tension and back to practice.

Looking to cultivate free and flowing movement without tension or any blocks.

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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.

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