Shihan Andrew Young Shinnen Keiko-Kai Review Part II


On the second day, we reviewed the techniques from the day before. We then moved onto the next four techniques in the Santo tonko no kata. On this day, we concentrated on weapons. The last couple of techniques are against the sword. We first looked at a scenario of how me might use weapons in Hachimonji no kamae, from the way you would wear them to the way that you would draw them, to the way that you would use them. The main ideas of Togakure Ryu are to escape as well as to be sneaky. Andrew emphasized the importance of drawing and attacking from places from which the opponent can not see. This is important. Most of the techniques in the Santo tonko no kata also use Metubushi. These are all ways of blinding, or attacking in a way or from a point that your opponent never knows it.


After studing in this manner, so many things started to really make sense to me. Often times we hear Sensei tell us things, but it is not until later on that we begin to understand him. I was watching the 2004 Takamatsu Taikai, and I think that video is a great reference for this year. Ohashi-san also wrote on his blog that “The way of the Ninja” book is a great help for this year as well. Anyway, it was cool to see  how Togakure Ryu is alive in everything we do. I believe that this to be the same with all the schools. Before this year many people asked me about the school. I had no formal training in it, but I told everyone that Sensei is doing Ninjutsu all the time.  After training with Andrew this weekend, it confirmed my feeling. 


We also looked at the use of other weapons such as the spear and Kyoketsushoge. It was cool, because Andrew explained that when you hold the spear and kyoketsushoge, that you are in Hachimonji no kamae. It was interesting to see how the use of these weapons affected the development of taijutsu or vise versa. We really looked at the deeper meaning behind that forms. A lot of it had to do with strategy. For example, why are we starting in the position of wrist grabs, lapel grabs, and attacks from mulitiple opponents? This was thoroughly explained at the seminar. I was very happy to start the year off with a seminar taught by a person with a lot of knowledge about the art, as well as the individual schools.  


 Thanks again to Andrew Young for such a great seminar!


Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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