What should training outside of class look like?
How can we set ourselves up for success in the dojo?
Training in the dojo is about correction of movement, learning new training items, and in receiving the feeling of the tradition.
What the movement of the Bujinkan, of Soke *feels* like, so we can capture and explore that feeling to become better martial artists.
Training outside the dojo, at home, in-between classes, is to position ourselves so when we walk back in to class we are in the best personal position to get those three in-class points.
So what would a good at-home action plan begin to look like?
We start with the kihon- the fundamental movements of the Bujinkan.
The lessons from the ten ryaku no maki shidoshi scroll.
Ukemi, kamae, san shin no kata, kihon happo.
Drilling, practicing, and polishing these waza and lessons no matter what your Bujinkan rank is, or where you are in your martial arts journey.
From there you work on your next level stuff.
Training is also about a relationship with your shidoshi, with them as a coach to help your movement, identify where you are in the moment, and what kinds of movement training you need to take it to the next level of progress.
You might be assigned some foot work drills to work on, or maybe a combination of the kihon. Personally, what you need in the moment.
Next action point to review are lessons from last week’s dojo class- what was the topic of training, what are the movement lessons? Review, practice, and focus so the group is strong to continue the training.
Finally, close out with some free-form movement. Do something different and what you are feeling in the moment without thinking about it- pick up a bo or a yari. Work on some ryu-ha kata. Explore some of the movement of philosophy.