In researching your start in the martial arts, it is natural to ask what a class is like.
What will you be learning, what the movements are like.
We want it to be a good fit, and a common understanding of goals for what the martial art is, and how it is transmitted.
What the learning processes is.
The goal of each of our classes is to connect the student with their potential and push them a bit closer to a way of moving using the martial arts of the Bujinkan Dojo. To not only gain a proficiency in the martial arts, but to understand it, and make it a new natural way of moving. In this way one does not practice the martial arts, or do the martial arts, but rather just moves in the martial arts.
The first part of class deals with movement that puts the student in touch with how their own body moves.
Understanding what distance, balance, and coordination means for them.
Understanding how to move in alignment and with the unique movements use by the Bujinkan martial arts.
This transmission is known as the ten ryaku no maki and covers ukemi, kamae, the san shin no kata, kihon happo, and muto dori taihenjutsu exercises.
The next part of class explores the opposite sides of these movements- if you are moving correctly and with proper Bujinkan movement, how does one prevent their training partner from moving “correctly”. How do you impose a different distance, timing, and balance on them? Lessons are explored through the chi ryaku no maki section of training: hajutsu, gyaku waza, nage waza, shime waza, etc.
From there we explore bringing the two concepts together through the section of practice known as the jin ryaku no maki- ways of dealing with partnered scenarios showing both sides of the movement formula in action.
This leads of an awareness of how to interact with your training partner to control the concepts of distance, timing, and rhythm.
Building on this we then explore the basics of many historical training tools- kenjutsu, bojutsu, hanbojutsu, etc. to understand how movement changes when a training tool is in use.
Class then finished with some partnered free movement randori exercises.
Of course there is no real substitute for experiencing a class or observing martial arts training to see these principals in action and remove them from an academic point of study.