Learning The Names Of Martial Arts Techniques

When learning the martial arts, just how important are the names of the various movements, techniques, and forms?

They aren’t important, but they do have a place in the art.

When one is starting on the journey, the names can be overwhelming to learn, so don’t worry about learning them.

Work on the movements, and in time the names will come naturally. In my own classes I reference the names from time to time, with the idea one will learn them over time just by hearing and associating them.

Better to focus on the movement of training compared to learning lists and memorizing them as an academic pursuit.

Yet, over time, one should know them as they are a way to communicate concepts and ideas between members of the same art, dojo, or school.

Name are a part of the tradition, but are not the tradition.

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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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