Martial Arts: Always Keep Moving!

At first it had the appearance of being an easy enough exercise.

Stand in the center of the dojo, and a training partner was going to attack with a combination of punches and kicks.

All one had to do was get out of the way of each attack and not be hit.

No counters, locks, strikes, or takedown back- just footwork, kamae, and ukemi to keep you safe.

Practicing for a few minutes getting his vs. not getting hit was pretty good, as only a few blows landed when the distance and timing wasn’t moved properly with.

Valuable insights.

Round two.

This time one was surrounded by a few more training partners, similar punches and kicks, with only the ability to move and avoid getting hit.

One quickly realizes how important footwork and kihon are as strikes come from multiple angles at the same time.

Getting hit more vs. not.

Valuable lessons.

Final level of the drill.

Standing in the center of the dojo, surrounded by training partners.

Again strikes with no counter, only this time one was not allowed to move.


Without moving there is no way to avoid any of the attacks.

The moment before starting the drill, a question:


This third part of the drill was an illustrated question.

Just how important moving is regarding self-defense.

Just by moving what opens up, and when one moves with taijutsu and martial arts footwork how much more opens up.

No matter what, always keep moving.

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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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