”ここを抑えて、こちを抑えて” (“Control here then Control here”)

Oftentimes we hear the word 抑える (osaeru) being used by Nagato Shihan and Soke. Anytime I am translating for Nagato Sensei, I trainslate osaeru as control. I believe that there are many meanings to this. However, the most important one is to have the ability to control your opponent. I see too often in training, people are trying to rush a technique, or make it look to pretty. In reality, fights are neither pretty or clean. One important aspect is to learn how to control your opponent. I would like to explain this aspect of control in this blog.

Noguchi Sensei told us a story of how there was a crazy guy at his work one time. Many people were trying to control this guy physically, and no one was able to succeed. Noguchi Sensei was there and thought to himself: “How can I difuse this situation.” Noguchi Sensei then went up to the guy and put his hand on his back, and said let’s go outside. Just like that, the crazy guy was as calm as a cat. This is the level of control Nagato shihan is always talking about. This is why we train slow. We have to learn how to control our opponents every move, as well as his thoughts (Shinnenjutsu).

I was training with James Morganelli from Chicago this past trip, and he did something very cool to me. There was one technique where he brought all my weight to the front of my feet, but I did not fall over. His control over my body was so precise, that my body thought is was falling, but it wasn’t. Therefore, my body was trying to stay up, which canceled out my next attack. This is the meaning of control.

 I was Soke’s uke off in the corner of the Hombu dojo on the last day of my trip. Soke never touched me, but my whole body was controlled. There was also a fear that I can not explain. It was the fear of making another move, because I did not know what was going to happen next. This is the highest level of control.

When you are training, train slow and try to control your opponent. Do not rush to get the technique done, or try to look great while doing it. Consciously try to control both your opponents body as well as his mind.

Sincerely,

Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

http://www.tanukidojo.com


 
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