Fall 2022 Training

“When a single leaf falls we know that autumn is here.”

The first leaf is getting ready to fall, one can feel the shift in the air from late spring to early fall. The weather still sunny, a bit cooler and crisp in temperature.

As our training moves to the fall season, the intensity of the waza (martial arts techniques) picks up a bit with the cooler weather, being able to adjust the movement for the season is an important perception to cultivate.

Over the summer months we have been exploring the movements of the nine kamae (body postures), martial ways of holding and moving the body, and as such a natural transition is to now add taihenjutsu (body changing methods) to the postures. Having spent a few months getting as low as possible in the postures, and developing correct alignment, it’s now time to add some movement and interaction with a training partner. How can we explore them as methods to understand the interaction of distance?

In our kata practice, exploring the forms where two training partners interact using distance, timing, and rhythm, we are focusing on the concepts of magnetism and gravity. In that interaction, the push and pull of distance between two training partners, and how natural laws (gravity) can be used in a waza. The first step in the movements is being able to *see* the concepts, the second step is being able to *do* the concepts.

See you on the mat!

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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.