As a martial artist there are many things I can teach a student. We can explore hundred plus year old martial traditions, study hundreds of techniques, and examine many historical training tools such as the katana or kusari gama. All in all these things are important, but ultimately they lead to the same thing- understanding how the human body works, moves, and reacts in a situation.
At the core of the training it is all about moving in tune with the situation naturally and without thinking- what I mean by this is that all the drills and techniques in class are there to get you to just move and react as needed. Thinking takes time, time for the mind to process it, time for logic to filter what is happening and search your memory for a response, and finally time to tell your body what to do.
How much time does this take?
In a self defense situation even a second is forever.
What I am trying to impart in each class as a teacher is not to think, not to analyze, but rather to allow the martial traditions and the bujin to guide your actions. Cut out the how and why and go right to the movement in that moment- everything else in the dojo that we talk about and practice is taking us closer to this no thought concept.
Guided by the traditions movement without thought.