Yesterday training was on point. Though the group was small. Much more useful information was expounded upon. Usually when the class is big, and a few people have questions, time flies.
The day prior before the workshop. I spent most of my time, looking over notes, and outlines of what to cover. However it turned out differently. Some of the significant topics were discovered through the training.
Fudo Myo-o – known as Acala in Sanskrit means – immovable one. The knowledge of fudo- myoo is broad, and intense. As in the Bujinkan. An umbrella of nine historical martial art schools. Fudo Myo-o, as I conveyed, the umbrella of Zanshin, Mushin, and Fudoshin. Through these principles, we embodied the practicality of martial tactics, strategy and fighting. The irony of what I’m saying. Really has nothing to do with fighting, per-say. In the context of the general meaning of fighting, the methodical system for which I taught, gives the seeker/s tools to further develop their skill. Kyojitsu also expressed itself through the movement of each practitioner, as they realized within themselves, the illusion of the fight originating outside of themselves.
The fight is actually over, once the realization is discovered. The point of the drills, and exercises yesterday, was to help each one of us, become familiar with our weaknesses, frustrations, irritations, fears, and self pity. Once these tents of character becomes evident as a result of partnership work, the student can pass through the delusion of self will. Thereby resist the temptation to work externally.
Acala – can interpret also as the destroyer of delusion.
Lots of time were spent on footwork (ashi sabaki), and moving the whole body (taijutsu). As simple as it may be. These concepts are not easy. Especially if your training from the perspective of techniques. To establish a connection with Zanshin, we reviewed some of the essential applications of the Kihon Happo. Because everyone was familiar with the KH. The principles were the default template (memory, conscious, etc). Once passed through, we started working with drills to develop continuous movement. Two fold, as I called it. One, helped us to remain calm (zanshin), and showed how thinking obstructs can obstruct movement. So to avoid the stop and go habit. We continuously moved around for 3 minutes apiece. This lead to mushin. Less thought was needed to move, and escape. Finally to conclude the training, we started to work with the knife. There were various exercises introduced for this particular stress workload. The psychology aspect of Ninpo. I’m not going to get into our knife work experience. I’d say this much… Everyone showed major improvement towards the end of day. At the beginning, I mentioned how we all will go from one point at the beginning, to another by the end of the day. Sure enough, everyone movement transcended.
More then likely, there will be a continuation. Part 2 – if you will.
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