Budo Taijutsu Seminar – Sarajevo 2014

Dear friends, and guest

It’s been a while since our last update. Much is going on in the lives of a practitioner of martial arts. Particularly me!!

After a good while, the seminar in Sarajevo is finally here, this weekend. Darko, the seminar host from Sarajevo organized the seminar. I believe it was last spring. Seminars are especially great when everyone that participates are training seriously, and the group undivded attention is on the instructor and what he, or she is teaching.  The other great opportunity. The  theme concept.  Day one (Saturday), was dedicated to Shinden Fudo Ryu. I reveiwed many details from the sanshin no kata, and ukemi gata from the taihen jutsu of Budo Taijutsu.  Our approach focused was on breathing and tension. Budo taijutsu is not about stiffness or being static. The internet (Youtube, Facebook, etc.), broadcasts static kamaes, stiffness in striking (jodan uke), including techniques. Hatsumi sensei has often stated about the idea of using natural form, more so then relying soley on techniques. To understand this level of skill, diligently going over the basics, and principles, teaches the body how to think with regards to surviving. This is not muscle memory, or instincts. More, natural movement. The archaic mind, and body has the knowledge and wisdom to survive.

 

Budo taijutsu is a highly discipline martial art. One would need to dedicate time to develop the necessary skills. The generation from the early 80s has a disadvantage because the age of computers were born for consumer. Which means technology has replaced good old fashion training. Young people has tons of excuses. Yet, manage to keep close their smart phones, and computers.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Budo Taijutsu workshop. May you continue to train, and develop your skills.

Buyukai Hungary 2014

The weekend of October 10 -12th 2014 the Hungarian Buyukai was held in Debrecen, Hungary. It was attended by 40 plus practitioners from various dojos throughout Hungary. There were nine Instructors, who taught over a span of 2 1/2 days. Each instructor shared their interpretation of Budo Taijutsu. Everyone seemed energized and eager to learn, to have new experiences. Unfortunately, I had to leave for Budapest early Sunday. The Sunday group of instructors from what I heard did amazingly well as the Saturday group. This event is held once a year unfortunately. So many can benefit from regular events here in Hungary. Friday night was a prerequisite for the following days. There were a few instructors present who made the evening class. Techniques, principles and taijutsu were shown by each instructor for 20 minutes a piece. Many of the participants who attended Saturday, didn’t make the Friday training. The room seemed quite large and comfortable. By Saturday, I can’t say the same.

The  first session Saturday was focused on Kenjutsu. The two instructors who co-taught the first class of the morning did a great job teaching basic sword principles, concepts and strategies. Unfortunately I didn’t participated in the class. I did watch and learned a lot from such a perspective. They both can be reached via the internet for further training. Péter and Benedek are very good instructors.

The second classes was lead by Balázs, who was schedule to teach the first class. In any event, Balázs continued somewhat from the first theme. Mainly focusing on the muto dori aspect of sword evasion. We were fortunate because Balázs was recently in Japan. He brought with him a particular flavor of budo taijutsu. His skill level has developed much more since I last saw him a few years back. Balázs deliberately moves slow, and precisely to understand what he learned in Japan. Thereby making him an asset to learn from. Hatsumi sensei once said, “If you can’t go to Japan to train with him, train with those who trains with him” (paraphrase). There is regularly training with Balazs. Look him up on google.

Laszlo taught the third segment from the prior theme of muto dori and taijutsu. It was fun, innovative and somewhat traditional. Laszlo has grown as well, since I last saw him a year ago. Not to mention his recent nuptials to his lovely wife. Life experiences often influences our development in martial arts, and vice versa. During Laszlo’s class, I was partnered up with a really talented young fellow, who recently became a black belt. It was a pleasure to train with him. He was skilled enough in the fundamentals  to take what was being taught to different levels. Normally senior black belts would explore beyond the basic mechanics of these opportunities. I think this class was more on sabaki, and proper distancing, along through the lenses of timing. If you get the chance to train with Laszlo, please do so. You will learn!

My class was pretty basic. I started out with a summary of my interpretation of Zanshin. Then went into some muto dori applications, with the idea of zanshin, mushin and fudoshin. The concept was to analyze yourself from within. Such practice will help you to monitor your inner conditions, such as fear, tension and apprehension. Most confrontation hardly ever play out the way we train in the dojo. The dojo in my opinion is where you can consciously discover your weaknesses – frustration, pride, irritations, and fears mainly that aren’t inborn traits. While doing so, humility prevails. Then there is the other part of dojo training, which an instructor only role is as a guide. That is to instruct the student in developing foundation. A foundation is built by way of learning the fundamentals. In the Bujinkan, there is a particular set of fundamentals that are essential in the development of a budoka. Once these tools are acquired through consistent training, the very student begins to incorporate certain principles in their lives, and maturity sprouts from within. If what I taught was to be translated, the above would closely match the physical approach I took to demonstrate my point. In closing, I decided to introduce a drill hardly, if not, ever taught in a dojo. Multiple attacks (i.e. grabs, escapes, etc). I asked everyone to break up in groups of 6 to 8 people. One person was to get in the middle, and continuously move, breath, and escape the grabs. This drills was to stimulate the nervous system, and raise the blood pressure. It was not about fighting. The benefit was to stress the system, through this particular workload, and experience an imbalance psyche. When the psyche is off, the economy of motion is restricted, and tension fortifies the person to rely on technique. The drill shown can tech the body how to naturally respond to attacks.

To learn more about Ninp Taijtusu Fighting & Health, go to our facebook page: Koteki Dojo Hungary, and scroll down to find our sign up link to receive periodic newsletters for training schedule, seminars, and private training. Anthony is a senior instructor, and certified to teach Systema as well.

Friends, please look up the instructors mentioned, if you’re seriously interested in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. There are other instructors in Hungary, who did not make the event, who I believe is equally qualified to teach budo taijutsu. I can only vouch for those whom I trained with, and were present at the buyukai.

Kocsis Csaba, did a wonderful job organizing this event, along with his staff. He was present everywhere to help, and assist when needed. A true pioneer of martial arts. A few people came to me and asked if I understood, and were willing to help. The unselfishness, and compassion was insurmountable.

Ninpo System

Koteki Dojo Downloads

Some of the components in Bujinkan Ninjutsu, Budo Taijutsu at the Koteki Dojo.

Ninpo, Ninjutsu Taijutsu includes the study of both armed and unarmed combative techniques, strategy, philosophy, and history.

Budo Taijutsu is divided into different subsystems:

Dakentaijutsu (Striking and Kicking)
Koppojutsu (Strikes against bone structures)
Kosshijutsu (Strikes against muscles and nerve points)
Jutaijutsu (Grappling)
Nagewaza (Throwing techniques)
Shimewaza (Strikes against muscle and nerve points)
Taihenjutsu (Breakfall Techniques)
Ukemi (Breakfall and injury prevention techniques)
Kaiten (Rolling techniques)

The main principles of Ninpo Taijutsu as taught in our school are:

Kamae
Breathing
Movement
Psychology
Psyche
Distance
Timing
Imagination
Focus
Confidence
Kyojutsu
Zanshin
Mushin
Fudoshin

Ninpo Taijutsu

Last evening training was like a workshop, which lasted a minimal of 3 hours, unexpectedly. Usually our wednesday classes are more focused on advanced study. I took the liberty of going over some basics, from the curriculum last night. Normally our manual study is on Mondays. Last night was a continuation from Monday past,  taking material from the Hiken Juroppo section. For the latter, we begun from kumi-uchi (old for of jujutsu), a battlefield approach to grappling with yoroi (Japanese armor). Movement is the most practical fundamental principle in any activity. Couple with Taijutsu (body skills), can increasingly change your way of training, and developing a particular skill set.

Indeed it was an unprecedented night. Referring back to the manual study. We studied two secret fist from hiken juroppor (16 secret fist). The two were Shitan Ken & Shikan Ken. Both were used with preceision, each calling for unpredictable movement. Fluid ashisabaki (footwork) is what I’d like to tie/connect my experience to with the training.  3 hours of intense training that required the needed focus and attention from those present. No space for injury, especially from anyone not paying attention to the training. It was imperative that everyone’s attention was present in the moment as in watching a news reel. The energy was very high, one couldn’t help to take notice of a similar martial scene from his Japan experience. There were matters of principles, strategy, and tactics. Fists from the hiken juroppo, can borrow the term Ikkan Hasson (Shinden fudo ryu tactic). My main concern was the footwork (ashi sabaki), the use of the whole body (taijutsu), guarding oneself and changing the fist strikes as needed. During class our theme was “Kyojitsu Tenkan Ho” working off a strike (tsuki). This lead to many discoveries. When I think about the last sentence, I get this image of a dark place in my mind with the illumination of my tamashii (soul) + kokoro (heart) as the light, the way to freedom and safety. Anyway my students traveled a lonely road – I say this to say, when I used their momentum and attack with the idea and concept of me putting something out there in space that appears to be something to them or should I say the naked eye yet, in actual reality, there was nothing for them to grasp which later lead them down the path of confusion and fear – this in my opinion or level is the very beginning phase of kyojitsu. I took the same movement and added the sword and each time the technique was demonstrate another layer of the “tenkan ho” idea was developed.. Thus leaving a far greater margin of confusion the lead uke into orbit disabling his / her ability to survive.

I spoke  about the philosophy of Ninpo, and how it must link itself to the practitioner, their movement, and most of all, their soul (Fudoshin – Immovable heart). Everything is connected and linked, where henka (variation) is born. Not by instinct, one can only imagine by yugen no seikai (spiritual, non physical, etc).

We hold classes every Monday & Wednesday at 18.30 till 19.45. There are times the training can go over, depending on circumstances. All levels are welcome.

www.kotekidojo.hu

PRIVATE LESSONS

Authentic Ninja and Samurai martial arts

The private lessons are based on the authentic Ninja and Samurai martial arts. Each lesson is specifically tailored towards the Individual’s skill level and development.

The lessons shed insight on the mystery surrounding these ancient, and contemporary martial arts and the warriors who lived them. Our school is the only one of it’s kind in Budapest. Our school is affiliated with the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan since 2012.

Each Class and Private Lesson offers insight into the philosophy, strategies, and tactics of Ninpo Taijutsu.

In these Private Lessons you will also be given the undivided attention of our extensive trained instructor. The training offers participants the ability to improve balance, better form, health, and continuous movement.

After the lesson you will better understand the mechanics, principles and power that originates a relaxed state, and calm persona.

 

Please email the school directly for private lessons, group training or interested in hosting a seminar.

Anthony@kotekidojo.com

 

Welcome to Koteki Dojo Hungary

 

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu – 2014 

Welcome to a new beginning.

Our training consist of the teaching and study of Masaaki Hatsumi. One of the worlds greatest martial artist, philosophers, poets and painters who ever lived. It’s gives us pleasure to greet you with a warm and friendly welcome. You’re presence at our hall of training we hope will assist you in all your endeavors. It was my intention to create an easy to navigate website that is simple and to the point.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

– Marcus Aurelius

“Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.”

– Marcus Aurelius