Women’s Self Defense Bootcamp

bootcamp

Have a New Year’s resolution?

This is the time, though it may be late, in any case this is the time to set resolutions. What are resolutions?  A firm decision to do something. It’s not easy committing to a plan. The way to do it is know what is needed as for change, and how it would impact your life in a positive way. 

Starting January 5th 2016 we’re holding our first Women’s Self Defense Bootcamp. Which will be held in Forest Hills, Queens NY.

10 fun and exciting classes. Meeting people like yourself. Perhaps with similar goals. Originally 8 was planned, and we decided to add two extra classes. They will consist of exercises, drills and self defense workloads. By the completion of bootcamp you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and fundamentals. You would have developed the needed kinesiology awareness most if not all martial artist acquires over a repetitious span of time. 

To the count down begins. 10 days before the first class. Book your spot soon as possible. You can either register at the center, or through our sister website at: www.systemaprimal.com

This is going to be a must not miss opportunity. These events are fun, innovative, adaptive and most importantly, from my experience is the camaraderie among the participants.

 

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca

Martial Artist or Hobbyist

Buddha

Buyu – Dear friends,

It’s been not to long since my last entry. I will try to come back more often. Back in 2004 I started a blog that was up for a number of years. It’s since been taken offline. One may find it somewhere, as with most material on the net. Being it was generally martial arts related, and quite good. I’ve decided to put most of the content in a book format. It’s available.

What does hobbyist, or hobby mean: An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.

Normally when I come back to New York, I organize a training weekend. This past weekend was no exception. I’ve been hanging in gotham for 3 months now. Held a few trainings around town. Nothing major, just a few classes showing some concepts and ideas I learnt abroad. Social media is the place to get the word out. In fact its the platform for any activity advertised. It’s better than picking up the phone and calling people. 90% of invited friends either had something come up, or never showed. They either were not interested, or feel they can’t learn anything from the instructor (I’m guilty of that as well – ego). Though I’m learning to thoughtfully consider seminars, and the content as well. If the topic I believe is not conducive to what I need for my movement at this stage, than I wouldn’t go. It may not be the time for me to pick up the information now, and maybe later. Its important to be able to distinguish what tools you want, and need.

The martial artist who trains with tight schedules and families are my inspiration and models to learn from, thus live. I cannot relate to people who make excuses. When I was working flexible schedules and times. Which gave me two different days off periodically, and not back to back days. Example one day would be Tuesday, and the other Thursday, etc. I made it a point to go at lest one day regularly, pretty much the same day when it didn’t change. There were many times I went back to back (both days off).

Presently, my passion is movement… A little martial arts (all styles), yoga, dancing, and hypnosis… I love to move and feel good and free.. Hate feeling obligated. Stay away from the shit like its a disease. Self talk can be the worse if it keeps you away from what you love. Imagine loving something and hardly taking the opportunity to experience it. Not good!

 

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right – Napolean Hill

 

Traditional Martial Artist

Dear friends,

It’s been a long while since my last post. I apologize for my long absence. Training has been pretty crazy here in New York. I don’t know if its just me, or something is continuously changing with regards to martial arts. There are few martial artist told than one would imagine. On behalf of my last sentence, i’ve realized that there is martial artist, and than there’s hobbyist. How the two are not the same?

A martial artist is someone who is committed to studying, and teaching (if the’re teachers), regardless of family, job or any other responsibilities. In fact, its part of the martial pursuit. Those who cry or make excuses, alibis for not training, attending seminars or working with others for any of the mentioned excuses, will argue this point. So be it.

A hobbyist – (An activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure). Now, I see this a lot in my friends who study martial arts. This is a general description folks. I’m not implying you have to give up your responsibilities or obligations to study MA. Than you wouldn’t be considered a martial artist. This is the 21st century, not feudal Japan persay. Though the martial artist (a.ka. samurai, ninja), duties were part of their everyday lives. 

What tickles me though, the majority of traditional practitioners who practice martial arts, are quick to tell you about tradition, and how ancient schools worked, and techniques. Yet, they are the same people who make excuses, pick and chose, etc. I strongly believe if your a parent, have a career, and other obligations, that makes your martial study comparable to the ancestors of the traditions.  You tube has replaced a teacher, master or whatever you wish to call them. Most people are gluttons for certifications, confrontations, arguments and boosting about their ranks, teachers pet, etc. Such poor attitudes. Certainly not a model.

Are you motivated to move / training? If you were, than training with whomever, wherever would be not a issue. Though it seems so. Example, if there were a seminar with either something of interest, or something I may be missing in my training, and tool box. Also depending on my finances at the time would determined my decision. Not that it means I would not sacrifice and go. Movement is movement… There is no particular tradition, style or difference. There may be good teachers that you can relate to, and comprehend what they’re putting out there, than the ones who make no sense, and clearly can’t explain what there representing. In any case, you just got to move. If you can do it with other likeminded people, all the better.

 

What I share on my blog is totally my belief, and opinion. No one is to blame for what I say. Its the opinion of a free thinker..

BEGINNERS 6 WEEKS BASIC COURSE – BUDAPEST 2015

Our 6 weeks basic beginners course is completed. Congratulations to everyone. Including my students who selflessly assisted, and helped our graduates to a better understanding of Budo Taijutsu. Job well done!

When I started the 6 weeks course, I had no idea, what it was going to be like at the completion of our amazing course. In fact, the course was full of energy, fun and great participation from all (including my regular students – who attended).

I learned some really profound insights about instructing, and general movement. This course helped me to explore further about my interpretation and understanding of budo taijutsu. I’m not interested in reinventing the wheel, nor confining myself to the (so-call) wheel.

The course material was not hard, nor strict. My job was simply to pass on the information. Help the beginners establish a foundation. Never did I insists  to my trainees that there was one way. It was great to see how each one differ in psychology, and body mechanics.

My approach to training, though holistic – yet practical. So many practitioners of Budo opt for the more traditional approach. The mechanics of the more traditional type seems to be going in another direction. The techniques are effective with cooperative opponents. One has to train many years to establish a natural movement. Till a point where technical applications can be abandon for a more subtile and smoother movement (like Hatsumi sensei, and many shihan). I believe the assumption is to study only from this traditional stand point before one can move freely and without tension. Nothing is further from the truth.

Let me make it clear. There is nothing wrong, in my opinion with the traditional approach. There are many ways and lessons to develop skill. So in essence, there’s not ONE way.

I’ve chose to explore further out from my comfort zone. Though not an easy decision, let alone action. Life is about making decision, and changes in ones life to better themselves, and hopefully contribute something to life, and mankind. Life is a big playground.

In my school, a member needs more then just showing up with their monthly tuition. Even then, the member is not considered a student at such time. The person to be has to first admit in their heart, then behave in such a way where it mirrors their commitment. Until such, there is no real purpose.

BEGINNERS COURSE – BUDAPEST 2015

Koteki Dojo Hungary – 6 Week Beginners Course Update.

5 weeks down. One to go before graduation. Everyone has done exceptionally well. First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge and thank my two assistants for their unyielding support – Róbert Marznicza, and Csaba Henk whom without I can’t imagine how difficult my task and goal would have been.

Our beginners course is more then about martial arts, and Budo Taijutsu. The course priority is individual, yet unified. My focus was also individual in the sense, I wanted to explore outside of the norm and instruct primarily movement. How was our to accomplish this goal?

I used a dry erase board that proved to be ultimately useful. Intentionally, I omitted some of the Japanese terminology, and jargon for the sake of simplifying the process. Though there were principles and etiquette protocols, that would’ve served none of the students goal, had I left out. More reasons than none I can assure this particular experience was amazing for everyone, including myself.

One more class – and graduation. The graduates of class 1 – April 2015 has successfully demonstrated the needed requirement to join the regular / general classes. Upon the completion of my 6 weeks course, every student has the option to join our classes as a 9th kyu (Green belt), as oppose to beginning as a mukyu (white belt).

May 15th – The start of our next 6 week beginners course. Information about joining our course please send an email to kotekidojo@gmail.com or message us from our facebook page.

Koteki beginner group

Kinesthetics Of Movement – Budapest 2015

It is translated that students with kinesthetic movement are discovery learners. Realization of doing then relying on technique alone.

“What I want you to do is just take it as it is. Don’t think too much. If you get involved with thinking about it, the whole thing gets lost or loses its purity. Don’t think during practice – DO! The more you think, the further from the truth of budo you get: Budo is NOT an academic subject!”

Masaaki Hatsumi –

 

Traditional & Modern martial arts present are not easy. Takes many years of serious practice to develop the sensitivity to move beyond technique. Hatsumi sensei has been saying the same thing for a long time. Unfortunately, there are many who strictly believe in the old fashion way of studying traditional budo. The ancient, now deceased masters trained differently then practitioners of present. There was the feudal times in Japan. Warriors were born and brought up and trained in the tradition of their families linages. A peculiar psyche and training was essential. More is needed than a mere set of skill sets. Though skill sets ought not be dismissed in what I’m saying. Here is an example which comes to mind….. Imagine a baked cake. The outside apparently is cook outside based on what it looks like… Yet, the inside is milky and obvious not baked properly. Now, what is your first thought? Mines would be, perhaps the oven was set at a high temp. Which is often the case. This is the same in this case with martial arts in my opinion. If the internal condition or state of the practitioner isn’t balanced, and they have remarkable set of skills, it means little. First let me clear something up. When I use the word “balance” – I’m referring to their psyche – overall state. A man or women can have extraordinary martial skills, yet an uneasy psyche. Shit will hit the fan eventually in their life, especially if their jobs are in law enforcement, military or some form of security where the probability of using their skills are high.

So what am I saying?

The psyche – besides the brain is like the CPU. If the psyche is off, due to emotional strain, fear, tension, or the like. It would cause the nervous system, digestive system and blood pressure to over work and possible shut down. The autonomic nervous system – flight or fight (sympathetic), and rest and relax (parasympathetic) are responsible for some major functioning of the body. A possible solution is to work out the psyche, and the body. Work out the psyche – via the body. Stressing the body – work loading it with general exercises most martial artist practice. Helping the practitioner to recognize their weaknesses, and tension through various striking drills. This will bring up fear, tension and freezing (sympathetic nervous system). working through these drills, and exercises helps strengthens the psyche. Not to mention the body.

Koteki Dojo Hungary emphasizes, and teaches this approach. The hardest aspect of training with us, is the transition from one schools approach to the one mentioned above. New people normally don’t differentiate, unless there coming from a different style then budo taijutsu. Since relocating to Hungary. I have seen, and trained with various groups (schools), and instructors whom focuses more on copying their teachers, or worst, studying the basics (preparation for examination) without the internal makeup discussed earlier. The psyched and body is not stressed enough to distinguish “training” from actually “moving”.  It’s important to spend as much time working on the internal state, as one would the body aimlessly.

Don’t praise your teacher. Strife not to move better either. Work hard to develop an awareness, and cultivate your style into an individualized movement. Masters know they are forever students, consistently peeling layers of their onion.

 

I’m planning a Close Quarter Fight Seminar in NYC. Some of the idea, and topics from this blog, will be introduced and taught. I can be reached at: info@budapestsystema.hu

If your in Budapest, and wish to check our school out, please don’t hesitate to email me as well. Though I have a separate email for budo taijutsu training. kotekidojo@gmail.com

Bujinkan Ninjutsu Beginners Course – Budapest 2015

Dear Members, Friends and Visitors,

I’m happy to update, and update our readers the first basic beginners course in Budapest, Hungary 2015. The course is schedule for 6 classes, and possibly will hold an additional class (last one), entirely on the topic of self defense.

Though our mission at Koteki Dojo Hungary, primarily is not about the fighting system of budo taijutsu. More so how to access the principles of health and movement, thus live in harmony with oneself and others. Martial arts could be interpreted as a system/s for fighting. In general, yes. Over the years, I have taken a different approach. A holistic one with regards to movement and health. In todays society, its not important to build machines (per say), fighters. Rather encourage and lead people to the doorway of their potential. Give them the choice to go through, and explore for themselves their potential, desires and weaknesses. Teach how to accept imperfections, and strive deeper for comprehensible understanding of oneself. This I believe will lead individuals to become good martial artist.

The Bujinkan is an umbrella of nine traditional martial art schools. A compilation for the creation of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Firstly, I adhere to the guidelines, and tenets of budo taijutsu – as taught and represented by Masaaki Hatsumi. In my classes, first and foremost, I instruct on the fundamentals of Budo Taisabaki in a way that is natural for anyone to adapt, and make the movement their own.

We’ve concluded the second class of 6. Everyone is focused and trying to grasp an understanding. Its quite normal. There were instances during the two classes, where each student’s body expressed it’s own interpretation, in spite of the conscious mind’s influence. I spoke briefly about the conscious minds – critical factor. The part of the mind that judges based on an external stimuli. Not necessarily has to be external, could be internal as well. The point was to demonstrate how the critical factor can cause an automatic programmed move, reaction, or command.

Critical faculty of the mind is that part which passes judgement. It distinguishes between the concepts of hot and cold, sweet and sour, open and close, large and small, day and night, etc.

Why when learning a new / technique, the general practitioner has to analyze, and try to emulate what he / or she saw before establishing a belief as to the content. In some case, the latter is not needed. If the instructor is high graded, and well noted by the head of his, or her organization, then not much authority is needed to help the practitioner to form a belief immediately, without having to examine anything for validity purposes.

Example – If a practitioner goes to Japan and take pictures with Masaaki Hatsumi, and announces his or her promotion automatically has established creditability. Therefore when demonstrating a technique to the pupil, doesn’t take long for the pupil to accept the technique whether they have personally experienced the technique or not, then will accept it as truth. The critical factor often is bypassed this way. That’s all for the critical factor and its partial explanation.

The beginners course specifically is tailored to each individual needs of our students. There are three aspects of interest. One is the health (state), body, and psyche. The fighting system of budo taijutsu is the link to the holistic approach.

Junan Taiso – The workout of the ninja for flexibility, mobility and strength. Some consider it to be the yoga version. The stretching is done at the beginning of class to warm up, and loosen up the joints, and tendons. Jumping rope is also a good warm-up, while the plyometrics exercises offers many benefits. A bench can be used for plyometrics as well. Free movement from the ground with some acrobats, dancing, and basic gymnastics is part of our beginner introduction.

The deal is to integrate, and improvise. The rest will take care of itself. Before such natural movement can take effect, as for budo taijutsu. It’s imperative to familiarize oneself with some basic applications, and principles before the body and mind can accept what it suppose to do, in terms of movement.

NINJUTSU TRAINING – BUDAPEST 2015

Hatsumi Soke

During my recent visit to London to give a Ninjutsu seminar there, one of the students remarked that my techniques are always new and original. I replied that he was right, for I will not be teaching again what I taught in London. My techniques alway arise from the moment, are always different and fresh. This freshness is energy, life force. This is one of the most important things to understand in martial arts. So I always stay away from old techniques. And, as a device to prevent students from getting any fixed idea of how a particular technique should be, I avoid giving them time to memorize any technique. In this way, I’m trying to instill in them the essential flow from which an utterly unlimited range of fresh movements and new techniques springs forth, like miracles from a magic fountain”

Masaaki Hatsumi – The Grandmasters Book of Ninja Training.

Many practitioners possesses these philosophies, and qualities. Many don’t. Simple!!

It is your mission to seek these individuals out. A long time ago it was not easy to find them. If you were successful, then it became a matter of being accepted as a student. Unlike today. All you have to do is go to the nearest Ninjutsu school, pay your membership fees, and your a student. If your stuck on the assumption ‘To posses this knowledge’ you have to do what Hatsumi sensei done, or move like him. Then you have eluded a part of you that will continue to play hide and – seek.

I would suggest to go and either study with the Japanese masters, or make a pilgrimage to Japan for a few weeks, and glimpse the movement, behavior, and characteristics of these men. You will give yourself the ultimate gift.

Be wearily of those people who say ‘This is what Hatsumi does, mean or worst, in order to move like Soke, train with me’ . Run fast and far away.

These people have the wisdom to preach, and lure your into what they believe is the only truth. Which in their reality, such is the case.

 

There are no shortcuts. Unfortunately!

 

 

CLOSE QUARTER FIGHTING – NYC

NEW YORK CITY SEMINAR  APRIL 10th – 12th 2015.

Close Quarter Fighting – hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters (CQF.)

Traditionally, close-quarters combat was a military or law-enforcement term used to describe armed or unarmed hand-to-hand combat. However, the importance of martial arts in CQC training has always been of tantamount importance. – Black Belt Magazine

First is the holistic approach which will feature drills and exercises to help develop skills for fighting at close range and resisting grappling situations. Then there is the “ethos” aspect that will effect the whole seminar experience.

Contrary to what “Close Combat” means. There will be no violence sequences of movement, and applications from / or in close range proximity.

The purpose of this close quarter fighting seminar, rather will be on the state and potential of the psyche and the body. Especially when faced with a confrontational situation that escalates where your blood pressure raises, heart rate increases, and your nervous system is tensed. Suddenly, you notice that your movement is limited to your survival.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

Proper Breathing, Movement on the floor, Striking, Health and healing exercises (medicine ball workout), Grappling, Knife, and Close range scenarios (confrontation). Finally there will be a group sharing afterwards, and Q & A.

The CQF system is well structured and is in a very easy to learn format, making it perfect for the beginner right through to the advanced martial artist.
Training in the Russian Martial Art can help you:

BENEFITS:

Increase your fitness and body awareness.
Improve your self confidence.
Overcome fears.
Increase your focus and mental discipline.
Relax, even in highly stressful situations.
Acquire practical and effective self defense skills to protect you, your family, your friends, and those in need.
Have fun in a pleasant environment.

Discover how the medicine ball workout can make you quicker than you thought possible, more agile than you could imagine, and flat out a stronger and a better martial artist!

THE COST FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND (2X DAYS) + FRIDAY EVENING:

BECAUSE OF PAYPAL TRANSACTION FEES, THERE WILL BE AN ADDITION $2.50 WHEN YOU PAY VIA PAYAL.

EARLY REGISTRATION $140 (NOT INCLUDING TRANSACTION FEES -PAYPAL) BEFORE MARCH 24TH – AFTERWARDS THE WEEKEND + FRIDAY FEE $150.

Koteki Ryuda – Keiko Budapest

Koteki Ryuda – Juppo Sessho Keiko Budapest

Training (Wednesday Feb 18th),  was a helluva evening. Can’t tell you how good it is to see our members evolve. When I first moved to Budapest, and agreed to open a school. I was cynical. Then a few people I met were sincerely kind, generous, and helpful. Though the mindset from what I have experience with some former members, have prove one thing. The way society is in Hungary, coming from a communist era. Most people who’ve lived through that difficult period. Has passed on to their children, many of the traits of fear, economic insecurity, and political hitchhikers. The system has failed to empower its people to be all they can be. Instead, I have heard some of the most ridiculous excuses. These excuses has denied most of what they supposedly love. “Ninjutsu”.

I know first hand. There was a time in my youth, when I would make excuses for myself. Some kind of subliminal message of mixed priorities and beliefs. Wasn’t until I set myself free. My eyes open from what seemed like a psychic incarceration. Lots of hard and continuous work. Any discipline that would require self examination is more then enough to make a beginning of knocking down the belief of self righteousness. There is no need in holding ourselves as being too important. People who are glutton for power often desire to be important. Martial arts has no place for such. Those who stumble upon this matrix, often struggle within before knowing.

Budo, or Ninpo is not about techniques, fancy moves, or who’s better. In my opinion and belief. It’s about  human behavior. The psyche and body ought to be consider the beginning. Children have this innate knowing which is expressed when playing.. As adults we have to unlearn what we have learned. The approach I take with the members who trains at my school (whether it be Budo taijutsu, or Systema), is of a holistic approach of various influenced philosophies.

Recently the training mainly has been focused on the principles of Juppo Sessho. Hatsumi sensei has said that Juppo Sessho exist in every martial art. Takes a long time to reach a level of awareness to explore JS  while bypassing everything you know.

Off topic with regards to Budo Taijutsu in Hungary. I’m fully aware there are other styles, or for lack of a better word, interpretations. Certainly a great thing for people to see different approaches. In Hungary I’m well aware of the economy situation. In fact every country has economy problems. What country don’t?

Since moving to Hungary and teaching full-time. One important principle I learned. That is responsibility. Too many people make excuses for themselves. The mindset represents post hardship, which I don’t know if its enough to get people out from the past and change… Democracy of thinking is the solution. Difference is not a bad thing. In fact it could be liberating.