Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ganshin Ichijo Fudoshin

The how and why we found ourselves on that hill on the summer solstice was not important, what was important was the kenjtsu (sword method) lessons of the here and now, concentrating and trying my best to both absorb the lessons being shown, while at the same time holding my own at the gathering.

Slowly moving around in the moment, using my kamae (body postures) and sword elevations to (try) and hide the distance, I moved closer and closer to my training partner, shortening the sword so they would not be aware.

The opening was approaching, and it appeared the didn’t even notice it, but I didn’t believe it. Once I crossed the threshold of correct distance it no longer mattered- I had them. Even if they were aware I was closing the distance, the way the sword was held compared to mine meant there was no way to react, no way for them to come back.

I stepped in, and froze.

They didn’t even have to cut, there was no reason or dignity in that, they had me.

Whatever they did, and I didn’t know what they did, I would sure be asking about after the event. For now it was time to continue running and leaping through the woods with the group.

Later around a campfire, I waited for the correct moment to ask, a different kind of opening. A moment when asking about such a thing, being a little more private, a chance for them not to answer it if they wanted, not putting them on the sport forcing them to tell me.

Being able to see and read the moment.

What was I told?

Certain things in training can not be explained, approached, or transmitted intellectually. Any attempt to do so immediately not only nullifies them, but makes it (almost) impossible for the other person on the receiving end to be able to do it one day. Such experiences require an almost perfect moment in time, one where the person giving the experience has the perfect organic setting for it, and one where the personal receiving it can be open to it.

Ganshin Ichijo Fudoshin

That day, that place, that moment on the hill in the forest was the moment, it actually had nothing to do with swords at all, we just happened to be at that place and time in training.

By experiencing such a transmission, it sets something in motion inside the person, something internal.

What was that? How do I do that? How do I find that?

Practice your taijutsu and be open to the experience is how.

(Something that happened on a similar summer solstice many years ago.)

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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.

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