What is the philosophy of movement in the martial arts?
How is it expressed in the Bujinkan dojo method that we practice?
Certainly there are a number of skills covered in each class, and many of them overlap as the practice of taijutsu is aimed at preparing one to deal with any situation- there is no “beginner” or “advanced” techniques, but rather an entire set of skills one is constantly trying to elevate and internalize.
The foundation of our taijutsu (unarmed movement) skills begins with connecting the student with how their own body moves and reacts. Learning how to evade, footwork, roll (ukemi), generate power, postures, and moving in unison and balance. The aim is to teach how to move the body as a unified whole vs. separate parts such as arms and legs alone.
Building on this foundation the training moves with how to stop the movement of your training partner. Through the use of strikes, locks, throws, and other techniques the aim is to prevent them from being able to move, while retaining your own freedom of movement.
The final layer over this is the interaction between you and your training partner- both of you are trying to move in a complete manner, while actively stopping the movement of the other person.
Traditional training tool such as the sword (katana), stick (bo), and spear (yari) are also used to convey principals and strategies of distance, timing, and rhythm which once learned are incorporated back into the unarmed movement of taijutsu.