Your First Martial Arts Lesson

Your first lesson in the dojo, that first lesson in the martial arts class?

A simple training drill that underlines all of the movement to be found in the martial arts, a training drill that scales up with you as you gain experience.

What is the drill?

You and a training partner stand across from each other- about six feet away, enough distance so they have to take a step to reach you.

When they are ready, they are going to reach out and try to grab your wrist, and when they do this, you are going to use footwork to take yourself of the angle of attack and out of the way so they can’t grab you.

Avoid the attack and put your body in a safe place.

No martial arts strikes, counters, grabs, throws.

None of that.

Just a solid, something is entering your space and you get out of the way.

Training your body to remove itself from an incoming threat and be safe.

Training to always be moving and get out of the way first, before doing any “martial arts” stuff.

As you gain in experience in the art, and movement, the attack can change to a punch, kick, multiple strikes, etc.- all with a similar idea.

Get out of the way.


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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.