What is our training like?
Capturing the dynamic movement and transmission of the martial arts in the static medium of words is challenging, nevertheless it is natural to wonder what a class is like, what skills are practiced, and how are the learned?
Our training builds on the principal of full body movement- first you learn how to move and control your own body in the martial arts- being able to move with good balance, distance, timing. Understanding how to generate power and transfer that power in movement. Understanding how one moves in our unique martial art.
The next step is to explore how the martial arts prevents your training partner from being able to move. Using strikes, locks, throws, immobilizations, etc. and exploring that how/when these are applied, they are unable to move their body with good distance, balance, and timing.
The final aspect of training is combining the two, exploring how the interaction between two (or more) people unfold as both (or all) people use distance, timing, rhythm, and balance to move in the martial arts.
These system is known as the way of heaven, earth, and man and is the outline and transmission of taijutsu (body movement).
After a brief warm up we begin with ukemi- rolling, breakfalls, and footwork drills. How to move, adapt, and change the body in response to a variety of attacks and situations.
Put yourself in a safe place.
From there we build on distance and timing through the practice of correct fighting postures (kamae), and solo form drills known as the san shin no kata.
Kihon happo- the foundation forms of striking and grappling in taijutsu finish off the first part of class.
From there we move to studying a variety of locks, strikes, throws, and projections from a variety of situation and against different attacks. The idea if to be able to generate fluidity and correct response without having to think in the moment. We also learn how to perform these waza (techniques) against different responses so they are not tied to any particular response.
The last part of class explores one of the many kata (encoded strategy forms) in our art, which contain the essence (kotsu) and strategy of movement in our martial art.
As appropriate, in support of these movements we will also explore many of the traditional training tools found in the Japanese martial arts- kenjutsu, bojutsu, jojutsu, hanbojutsu, sojutsu, etc.
At best an overview of our movement, the best way to see what training is like is to visit a class.