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?

 

Aggressive Fighting

One word

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year 2017! I sure hope everyone had amazing holiday season filled with laughter, love and warm memories with family. Now it’s time to get busy. Now in the 2nd week of Jan 2017 no excuses but hard work and increasing income and most importantly your skills, whether it be self defense training, sports, mma, work, sales, etc. The point is to set your goal and get with it!

I have been working more than training the last year or so. Have to admit I miss the 4 to 5 days of training weekly. The advantage is dedicating more time into working and increasing my income. It doesn’t mean making a lot of money but conditioning the mind to focus on the objective. Wealth has different meaning to everyone. For me its a combination of multiple definitions. My goal is to condition the mind and delete old beliefs that no longer serve any purpose nor make any sense.  Believe it or not this is aggressive training in one sense. On the other hand there is the martial arts training. As I get older and grow into what I love to do, my passion for movement and self defense I find less practicality in developing skill for intended purposes of fighting a waste of my time. Mainly because as you older its hard not to realize how necessary it is to limit wasting unnecessary energy on activities the yields no long term growth. Keep this in mind the harder you train and spar, fight or whatever you do tears the body, mind and psyche down. Strain that is irreversible. That’s the physical part, what about the mind and emotional components. Another blog in of itself!

 

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” – Sun tzu

Adaptation

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Hi all,

It’s way to long. I’ve been over at Koteki Dojo’s sister site – The Stealth Method.  So much going on these days. What you get here, you can get there. So in essence you really don’t miss anything, but that what you miss…

Life is about adapting and going with change and flow. It’s import to continuously empower yourself. Presently I’m working on two specific programs. One of them is a Women’s tactical self defense bootcamp…. I call it BootCampX which is a compilation of a few disciplines and self help protocols. So in other words, you take part in our 10 class program, you get to learn and develop numerous skill sets of tools to be successful in life. The beauty is the tactical training. No matter if your strong, or weak, big or small the tactics skills you learn teaches you how to move with hardly any effort or power. The moves are golden, and the outcome is incredible.

The other program I mentioned is a rare bout awesome opportunity. Doesn’t have to be for you, it could be a referral situation for someone you love. What I’m offering for a limited time is a proven method for quitting smoking with hypnosis – self hypnosis. You may object to the idea of being hypnosis. However I can assure you its smooth and easy. You do it all the time. For some reason most people aren’t aware there hypnotized.

Here’s an example. Say you drive to and from work every day – 5 days a week. Either way to or from – you pass a landmark (familiar place / gas station, church, etc) and one day you arrive to your door step or work place and can’t remember passing either landmark.. You were actually hypnotized. It’s called highway hypnosis…. You get the idea!

The smoking cessation program is going to be offered to two people for a full session (valued at $250) for free. There is a screening process though. I would send you a questionnaire consisting of four questions. Thats it!

Quit Smoking2

 

 

 

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

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

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..

TECHNICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAINING

Wednesday past class subject – 8th Kyu grade material.

NAGE WAZA (Throwing forms) as per level.

-Ganseki nage (rock throw)
-Ganseki-otoshi (rock drop)
-Ganseki-oshi (rock press)
-Ganseki-ori (rock break)

We looked past the above from a chronological breakdown. The focus was on ganseki nage, and the  infinite possibilities. It’s important to download the movement into your body. By way of doing it from a static know how (slowly – Lassan) to semi dynamic know how. This lead to the body learning. First there is muscle memory, then there’s the body know how. By way of teaching the body to do what is natural.

Don’t get it twisted (wrong). Learning the above – from the kihon point of view is an absolute. There is the technical aspect, then there is the psychological aspect. Move from slow to fast dynamically. Something will occur in the psyche of both partners. This will bypass the thinking (conscious mind), and activate the body’s innate (primordial), to do what is natural realistically.

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Man, our classes are innovative and fun. I enjoying training with these guys. They are so determined to learn how to integrate the essentials in human movement, and behavior. The psychology of a budoka in life is paramount. I say this humble, and boldly. Many ex members came and went, since my decision to instruct and train in Hungary. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of follow the leader mentality among the Bujinkan dojo/s in Hungary. It’s important that I make it clear to the members who train at the Koteki dojo, that they are under no obligation to me, nor the school for which I over look. The most basic lesson in any system. In the free world.

Training in martial arts is an investment of time, and money. Papa-san, calls it resources. I’d rather he speak on that subject from his perspective. Anyway, people join martial art schools for varies reasons. Personally, many who join for other reasons then love. Usually has baggage (psychological, emotional, fear, tension), with them. Budo training doesn’t necessarily heal the person from this impediment. Through budo training, and self analyzes. It’s highly possible to learn how to control these characteristics, and not be consumed, nor controlled by them.

Since moving to Hungary a few years ago. An awareness of needed democracy has pervaded the vessel of ignorance among people in society. Unfortunately this system (way of thinking), has carried over within the bujinkan community in hungary. I have met a few instances where students were not allowed to train with other instructors (from what I’ve been told), etc. Perhaps a lack of security within the instructor. How is it one can ultimately develop impeccable skill? I’m an advocate of training with many people, and different instructors. Providing there’s freedom, and creativity. If such is not available, then one ought to continue to look. There’s a lot of talented instructors in Hungary. The problem is not martial arts, I believe more cultural. The mindset of dictatorship has to be deleted. The way to independence takes faith, and courage to step away from ones comfort zone. Believe me, its a struggle, but a necessary one. Make wise investments of your time, and money.

 

SANSHIN OF FUDO MYO-O WORKSHOP

Greetings,

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.

SANSHIN & FUDO MYO-O

 

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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Nichi Geki – Shinden Fudo Ryu Variation 2014

Dear Members and Friends,

It’s been a week since being back in Budapest from Sarajevo. I can’t speak for other instructors. When I either teach a seminar, or simply participate, it takes a couple of days, or maybe weeks for my internal system to process what I’ve downloaded. Last week’s seminar in Sarajevo is no different. There is a familiar energy among the students, and instructor (Darko Tarjkovic) in Sarajevo. Kata and myself were warmly welcome. Everyone was so kind. Including the two parents that approached me with sincere appreciation for what I (prior) was not aware, how touched their children were with my presentation on Saturday. That meant the world to me. In life you never know who’ll your touch with your kindness, and sincerity. The most important thing is to be a good person. There are martial artist who’s aim is to disgracefully tarnish other practitioners efforts. That is not a good example I wish to live, and practice by. Everyone’s goal should be to deeply understand oneself, be good people, and be a vessel for knowledge, via ones wisdom (experience). We have to respect our elders, and those who walked before us. I remember distinctively on one of my trips to Japan. A Japanese instructor said “Sensei means someone who has walked before”. I summed those words up, with respecting those who labored tirelessly to preserve their traditions, and demonstrate being good people. I see many martial artist unsure of themselves, by way of their actions. It’s important to understand, that growth begins from the inward journey. There are no shortcuts. One has to study to deepen their understanding. Most importantly, learn to heal themselves emotionally.

An amazing quote below:

“The true science of martial arts means practicing them in a way that they will be useful at any time and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Recent seminar in Sarajevo. Theme was “Ten no kata – Shinden Fudo Ryu”

Kankaku (Feeling) from Nichi geki.

 

Click on the link to View Video – Feeling of Nichi Geki – Shinden Fudo Ryu