Class, 4/21

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Close quarter combat with and without knives Knife fights are solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Distance between you and your opponent (read: footwork!) is critical, that is, knowing where your oppoenent’s footwork will be when he/she lunges with a knife. There is a dynamic connection between a knife-fighter’s footwork and the knife itself; if….

Class, 4/19

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For tonight’s class, we explored various techniques from a grab or a punch and what to do from either scenario. Much of the “set-up” from the beginning of any encounter is to understand the footwork from the get-go. If you are at the right distance, no matter how fast your opponent punches (or kicks), you….

Class, 4/14

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Basics – Jumongi – Crossing the line – the first set of strikes enables you to cross over the center line of your opponent in preparation for his next strike (if he comes after the first strike). Don’t (necessarily) enter a confrontation in a jumongi stance; rather, allow your posture to form as your opponent….

Class, 4/12

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Tonight we mainly worked on long-sword techniques. 1) One-on-one with a sword – Similar to last week, using the notion of cutting into the space and not your opponent to defeat him/her. Let the speed of your opponent cut himself. 2) One-on-one without your own sword – Understand where your footwork is in relation to….

Class, 4/8

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Small class this evening…worked on the sanshin no kata, rolling (with objects, w/out, over and under objects, towards them, picking objects up while rolling) and the kihon happo. For the upper belts, continued to work on the idea of transitioning from technique to technique within the kihon happo while controlling one’s opponent and also looking….

Class, 4/7

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Natural movement is one key to any encounter. Drunks frequently walk away from accidents because they are relaxed at the moment of impact. While I’m not suggesting that we walk through life drunk waiting for the chance physical encounter to come upon us, I am saying that rigid movement when applying (or receiving) physical technique….

Class, 4/5

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In this evening’s class, we worked on the notion of bringing the sword into the empty space in front of your opponent. That is, the purpose of the cut (think of the wakizashi as a ‘planed’ object that takes flight upon movement) is to cut into the empty space, not the opponent. Don’t think about….

So just what is “Bujinkan?”

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For those who may know a little bit about me, I’ve been training in a martial art called Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for the past 6+ years (at the time of this post). The art is over 1000 years old, and suffice to say now ineluctably intertwined with my life. I always learn and sometimes teach….