Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Budo Walking

Martial arts as strikes, locks, and throws, popular and dynamic movements.

What about walking?

Moving silently as a way to practice balance control, moving through different levels of terrain, but what about something even more basic?

Basic as in fundamental to building correct taijutsu movement.

Walking in the martial ats.

Kata, forms, and patters as an excuse to practice, to create a lesson in the moment to offer a transmission of isshi-soden, but what does one do with the forms? What do they produce? Taijutsu has a way of moving, a way of doing things, a certain tell-tale flow to it, which comes from being able to move in correct alignment.

The understanding of body dynamics.

These dynamics begin with walking.

One of the first lessons of ninjutsu, walking from one end of the dojo to the other- how is one walking?

Are the feet in alignment with the direction one is moving? What is the length of the steps, are they in balance? Where are the hips pointing? Shoulders over the spine, head over the shoulders? What about the arms?

Through stretching, breathing, and correct alignment walking, resetting the body to ZERO, so one can begin to move with taijutsu.

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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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