Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last night was a great class. We warmed up by going through the Kamae Gata, then practiced doing Tobi and changing directions with Tobi including against someone with a sword. Then we moved on to training various forms of Ura and Omote Takeori. After that we trained Ogyaku against wrist grabs and then punches.

Then we combined what was learned and used these techniques against a jab/cross combo. The main concepts to make this work correctly were proper Taijutsu and sensing the intentions of the opponent, then the Takeori and/or Ogyaku were simple to apply with little to no effort.

After that, we took our martial arts training to studying techniques from the first scroll of the Takagi Yoshin Ryu, a school formed in the 1600s (but its techniques can be traced back to the late 1500s). We played with three of the wazas from this schools Jutaijutsu (Jujutsu as it's commonly known today). The key elements to this school involve not resisting your opponent but rather using the opponent's attacks against him by utilizing his power and momentum in ways he doesn't expect. We had a lot of fun with one particular technique, Ura Ude Ori. The universal experience everyone had with this technique when they were the "gad buy" was that they had no clue what was happening to them or how to respond in any way.

That is the magic of Budo Taijutsu, the techniques from these ancient schools. When we move beyond the waza and look deeper at their principles, the true magic comes to life.

Living-Warrior Dojo is the Treasure Valley's only authentic Bujinkan Ninjutsu school. Serving Meridian, Boise, Kuna, Star, Nampa and surrounding communities with traditional Japanese Martial arts.