Bujinkan Class Training Notes: Kappi & Shizen

In the martial arts we have five *laws* that influence our taijutsu- balance, distance, timing, rhythm, and future movement- we can see these elements in every waza that we practice, perhaps viewing waza as a method of discovering them and using them.

We explored the use of kappi to understand and play around with timing. Kappi is found in the chi ryaku no maki section of training and has one walking towards a training opponent and following up with a shuto. One walks naturally and in balance towards the training partner, but how does the waza change if one slows down on approach, or switches the timing from slow-to-fast? What about passing by and turning around for the shuto? How can our approach stop the natural movement of our training partner, making the shuto much more effective?

For our practice with the jin ryaku no maki section we explored shizen- the concept found in many martial arts of pushing and pulling and using that natural movement- if our training partner is so insistent on pulling us, why resist? Energy already put out with a pushing action, continue and build on it. Redirecting the push and pull naturally using swinging body strikes, or natural dropping motions like ryu sui. 

Dojo News

We are currently holding regular training sessions. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect we have altered our class structure- all training is held at maximum social distancing and any waza practiced does not involve touching or moving into the space of another training partner, so safe distance can be maintained at all times. Training under this format will continue until the pandemic has passed and contact is safe again. Ninpo Ikkan!

Located in Westchester, New York we are a martial arts training group dedicated to studying the Bujinkan dojo methods of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. As friends we come together to practice the martial arts. Questions, comments, feedback, and training inquiries may be directed to the group by email here.