Terror

terrorism

Terror – 1. Intense, overpowering fear (The Free Dictionary). 

The duality of terror though the word seems harsh and callous. Unfortunately terror exists in our culture as others. The one or group who acts in terror and hurt people are driven by their beliefs and actions. Although they commit these horrible acts of terror, they too are full of fear.

Those who terrorizes people, places and society, mentally are incapable of relating to compassion and disregards humanity and life. Their actions are not on the same plane as those who labor and lives to improve the quality of life and evolution.

I believe our purpose for humanity is to sustain all life and our planet. There are many ways terror exists in our society. Though the media broadcasts the worst of terror that instigates where people and groups continue acts of violence. Such hideous behavior will continue to the so-called ‘good guys’ stop.

Martial arts and self defense training can help. The majority of people don’t act till something terrible happens either to them or hits home where an alarming mechanism goes off inside of them that most of are familiar with an overwhelming and overpowering calamity of fear. The media broadcasts footage of people suffering to those responsible. What other way to get exposure?

 

Shihan

Greetings to all,

It’s been to0 long since my last blog update. I sincerely apologize. Though my previous blog from 2004 – 2009 my entries were much more regularly than now. Unfortunately I haven’t been back to Japan since 2012. My last promotion actually. Never would I have thought that I would receive a menkyo (license) Judan (10th dan). My heart will always be grateful to Masaaki Hatsumi. His unyielding patience with many of us westerners is / had been unparalleled. Since 2012 so much has happen and so many experiences. I’m still practicing budo taijutsu. However prior before my last trip to Japan, I moved to Hungary, while being married. The last four years has been filled with opportunities and many unexpected setbacks. One can say I guess maturity has finally caught up. LOL  Maybe I caught up! Last year I decided to consolidate some of my daily tasks. Such by narrowing down whats important and focusing on doing less. Concentrating on doing small things with much more focus and incentive than multi-tasking with little to no results. Moderating a few websites, social media and teaching took a toll and prevented financial freedom. Since my return back Stateside, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many people who lacks financial independence and lives are regulated as well. A expensive lesson to learn!

I believe to reach the level of shihan (master teacher) and be responsible takes more than skill. Takes experience, sacrifice and patience with oneself. Life will confront you with challenges and lessons. It’s up to you, and what you learned during your process that would determine how you come out from the other end.

Insight of a Warrior

ANTHONY2

Greetings Buyu,

My intention is to share an insight with you all I wrote a number of years back during a trip to Japan. It’s a good read. Perhaps a lesson to be learnt!

Up until yesterday, before visiting Japan, I had a belief that was not mines originally but of a greater awareness. This awareness came to me recently. The study of budo taijutsu entails more then the average system of martial arts. Although budo taijutsu by definition is a martial art. Each and every one of us makes decisions based on our individual needs. These needs are manifestations of unconscious awareness. Cultivating the components (body, mind & spirit) is essential to nature. Sometimes I wonder if I was chosen like many of us, to live an existence in harmony as our ancestors (ninja) once lived.

The theme for the year is Kihon Happo – Year of the Rabbit. .

The focuses of training are on how to unbalance while moving and deceptively confusing the mind of your opponent. So far I’ve seen various interpretations of the TCJ and Kihon Happo. I would imagine if you go to all the shihan classes and all are teaching some aspect of the basics, it’s possible to learn an in depth level of budo.  For the past 2 years basically I studied the TCJ from Noguchi sensei. The training has shown me many lessons. Prior before my last trip, I was lost from lack of a foundation (basics). Noguchi sensei last class, he taught some elements of the TCJ that was familiar to me, yet they evolved. Shirishi sensei told me yesterday that the kihon happo is always evolving. Like a flower evolves.

A couple of years ago I decided to train with Noguchi sensei mainly because his movement and teaching I felt made sense to me. A couple of years ago when Noguchi sensei taught a basic class do to my request

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..

Ninpo Taijutsu Free Work Budapest

Its been a great 2015 start. Everyone has been in top form.. Though, there’s much more to go. We’re approaching Ninpo Taijutsu this year from two aspects.

Technical  & Psychological aspects. Our new methodical program thoroughly gives the needed tools to beginners, and more experienced members. These two aspects are the essential diagnostic, and healing paradigms. Ninpo Taijutsu Free work is good for developing distance, timing and confidence. Here is a clip from the other night. We studied muso dori, and ganseki nage.

Tomorrow is our Sanshin of Fudo Myo-o workshop in Budapest. Hope the title doesn’t sound cliche. There’s more to the title then meets the naked eye. I have been growing into this state of awareness. Most of the time, I consciously set aside all I think I know, so I can have an open mind, for a new experience. In fact, before every class starts. During the bow-in prior, I embrace my own divinity, and ask to be guided by inspiration, rather then what I think I know. All this happen to materialize at the right time. Truly there aren’t any coincidences.

Shoshin – Beginners mind. We are always at the entry of beginning.  So much to discover deeply by way of martial arts. For artists, this is the ultimate challenge. When you begin to explore experiential training, there are many exercises that don’t seem to be important, or make much sense. Many opinions, or confrontations may get in the way. None of such permanently can change you in anyway, unless your belief system can be swayed. Yet each experience by nature is designed to teach, and give you references. One other fact of being awaken is discovering yourself. The ultimate conclusion is  to become open to the totality of the here and now.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-N6Q1eE7UU

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.

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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