In this post I would like to share with you, the reader, what a suggested daily practice routine in the martial arts looks like- the blueprint that we use at the dojo.
The first is to begin with the fundamentals in the martial arts, and ever martial art has them- in the Japanese martial arts this is known as the kihon- the fundamentals.
In the Bujinkan we have a collection of fundamentals found in ukemi, the san shin no kata, and the kihon happo.
Every day, every student is to practice, refine, and polish these movements. They are not only the building blocks of the art, they gradually adapt the body on how to move in the Bujinkan- allowing one to later pick up on the transmission and feeling of the art.
Building on this foundation, the next training point to review was again exploring the lessons and movement from our last class- the idea of building on that momentum in class, what was shown as a group so we can all progress together.
After exploring that is personal training- what has your teacher shown or told you to be working on to help correct any movements, what are the personal exercises given to you that are going to help take you to that next level?
Final action point?
Finish out self-training with some free form training focusing on the flow (nagare).
Just moving around, no concern with right or wrong, just mushin movement- maybe some bojutsu?
Maybe practicing some striking drills?
Naturally this is just the budo side of training, attention needs to also be devoted to physical body development- stretching, cardio, strength and endurance training, etc.