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Class Musings – Public Holiday Budo

August 11, 2011

This week’s lesson was significant for me, because of teaching a kenjutsu session on Tuesday. It was National Day, a public holiday. And the best way to celebrate a public holiday, in my opinion, is with training.

So I met up with a couple of my regular students, had a visitor from the Malaysia dojo, and went through the basics of kenjutsu. They weren’t all the official kukishin stuff, but were henka and waza my sensei taught me from my first year in the Bujinkan.

I usually blend in my sensei’s henka into my lesson contents, but this lesson was almost 100% his material. And that made me realize that I had truly come a long way. Every year in August I commemorate beginning in the Bujinkan. But this time I have students to share my knowledge with.

So I enjoyed the joy and mystery that comes from teaching what Justyn taught me, pretty much the same way he taught me.

Concepts:

If you attended the class, I want you to work on:

1) the basic cuts I taught you. It takes hours of practice before the cuts become second nature & flow smoothly out from your taijutsu.

2) distancing: distance with the blade is different. And as you adapt to the correct distance for different weapon-types, you’ll also get a better sense of what’s a safe distance and angle for you, and what isn’t. And this adaptability is a core component of taijutsu skill.

3) the techniques: they were based on the sanshin no kata, what I believe are the foundations our art. I know you will not get the full benefit from them without a training partner, but if you are just beginning with the blade you will have SOME benefit at least.

Go for it! 🙂

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