Kihon 2010

Over the past few years, there seems to have been more of an emphasis on basics in Japan. One of the first times I heard about this, is when there was a lot of talk about how people who are coming to Japan wearing a black belt; yet they cannot even sit in seiza. When Kamioka-san was teaching me basics when I first started, he was very strict about being flexible, and having good Kamae. Kamioka-san is still very much this same way today.  

In 2008 Noguchi Shihan started teaching more basic classes, taking everyone through the Ten Chi Jin of the Shinden Kihon Gata. Noguchi Shihan still continues these classes today. If you are lacking in your basics, or even if you do not think you are, you should attend these classes. Many people take wild ukemi, and although it looks great, it serves no purpose for being able to attack back. This is very important. One must take ukemi to be able to survive. Surviving may also call for a Kaeshi Waza (Reversal Technique). If you take wild, flashy ukemi, you will not be able to reverse a technique.

On my last trip to Japan Noguchi Sensei performed Hidari Tobi Waza. He told everyone that if you cannot leap like this, that you should take off your black belt. Nagato Sensei said the same thing about being able to do gyaku waza. He said that if you could not perform omotegyaku, that you should take off your black belt.

What does this mean to you? Can you do tobi waza? Can you perform gyaku waza? I believe that we all need to re-exam the way we train. Because of this, I have changed the structure of my class, to include the first 45 minutes which is made up of Ukemi, Gogyo no Kata, and the Kihon Happo. These sets of techniques are essential in your training, because these are the most important things to learn. If you know these three sets of techniques, you can perfom just about any waza. That being said, it is also important to train the feeling, because if you only do one or the other it is not good either. Budo, like life is a struggle of balance. When I train waza, I train them with the mind set of Jissen Gata. I do not just train the waza to perform a movement. I first look at where to move to get out of the way of the opponents second punch. I am also looking at how to keep the opponent off balance at all times, both physically and mentally. This is important. Many people just train the waza to learn a series of movements or techniques. However, without the mindset of Jissen Gata, you will never learn how to defend yourself or others.

It is important to have the right heart (magokoro) as well as the right mind (magokoro). By doing so, one can learn to move freely in the space.


Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

~ by tanuki123 on March 12, 2010.

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