How To Develop Zanshin Martial Arts Awareness

In the Japanese martial arts, the concept of martial arts awareness is known as zanshin. Zanshin is a heightened awareness of those around you and the situation that might unfold. 

An internal understanding and feeling of distance, timing, and rhythm. In each class and training session it is developed and cultivated by keeping a few points in mind, to the point where one no longer has to think about them- leading to a form of mushin. 

What happens when you finish a technique in the dojo? 

After each waza there should be a pause for a moment, where you move to proper kamae. 

Even with the end of the technique, and knowing in the dojo nothing will happen, one moves to correct distance and timing along with kamae to cultivate zanshin. Move and hold the kamae for a few seconds. 

Developing zanshin martial arts awareness.

Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is martial arts training group founded in 2006 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.