Thursday, February 8, 2024

Learn The Martial Arts In One Hour

It was part of the journey towards black belt. 

Train with each of the sempai in the dojo, and for one hour have them share with you what they think is the most important part of the martial arts. 

They have one hour to share this experience, no more or less. 

Direct and to the point. 

What the three sempai shared with me continues to help and direct my training to this day. 

If you were training with our group, what would we spend that one hour on? 

Once chance to change your movement and build for the future? 

The kihon. 

Every martial art, our art included has fundamental movements that not only form the building blocks of movement, but also allow your body to move in such a way that it will be able to receive the transmission- capture the feeling of the movement. In our budo taijutsu training it is the kihon happo, san shin no kata, kamae, and ukemi. 

But how can I communicate that in the dead static medium of words, when we are expressing dynamic movement? 

Something else that can be expressed in words? 

A phrase, a saying from our Soke that has carried us through training: Keep Going! 

A phrase I reflect on with every class and time in training- good days and bad days of training- Keep Going!

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The aim of the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo (school of the life giving sword) is to understand nature and the movement of being zero through taijutsu- martial ways of using the body. The school exists to create and transmit this feeling and method through the experience of isshi soden.

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 arts of Masaaki Hatsumi through the movement lessons of the Bujinkan Dojo.

Training is supervised by Fred Feddeck who has been studying Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu since 1993.

Classes are held on Saturday Mornings from 9-11 AM at a local park in Yonkers New York easily accessible by car, train, and bus. Additional training times are held for workshops and seminars each quarter.

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