Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lose One's "Dialect" in Training

In Tetsuzan, Hatsumi Soke says that a martial artist must learn to lose the "dialect" of training in a particular martial art, much like a TV announcer must lose any dialect in order to be successful at reaching a wider audience. In this case, a "dialect" in martial arts training is a particular way a martial art does something, the stylized movement of that art. Hatsumi Soke studied Judo, Karate, Aikido, old style budo, and even Chinese martial arts, and he had various "dialects" from these arts that showed up in his movement. Then he began training with his teacher whom he inherited the 9 ancient schools of the Bujinkan from. He learned to let go of his previous "dialects" and have no dialect, because those dialects give away your ability and tell your opponent how to counter you. This is something we must always keep in mind in Ninjutsu.