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?

 

Training for Life & Success

THROWING & MOVEMENT

Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset for self defense?

Having a entrepreneurial mindset in regards to studying self defense. When something comes at you, you don’t just push back against it. You can see everything that comes at you as an opportunity. Faced with a challenge, you ask, ’how can I leverage this? How can I flow with this? Where is the opportunity in this?’

Natural ability requires a lot of time and dedication to what you believe what it will take to get you to your goal. To develop competence, it’s not about constantly looking for new things. It’s about developing a deeper level of understanding of insight, of the things you already know and do.

People often think of martial arts as training for physical fitness or self defense. There’s a bigger picture in the two. It’s training for life and know yourself.

Most martial art instructors in the US have an entrepreneurial mindset. Either to grow their schools or franchise. Sort of like tiger schulman.

NEW YORK COLLABORATION

Stealth

Hey everyone!

I’d like to apologize for a lack of consistency with regards to updating our blog. Presently I’m responsible for managing the entire affairs of Koteki Dojo International. Not easy to say the lest.

I’ve since revised the youtube channel. There is a combination of content; Budo taijutsu and Systema (Russian martial art) uploaded. The two arts has a profound similarity of principles. Why I have incorporated the two into my life and movement. I’m a firm believer the ninja was not only skilled in the Japanese arts but other influences as well.

There were a period when a few instructors in New York would collaborated. Also I believe NY – that is the city had the most dojos in any given city or state nationally. Unfortunately a lot has changed. People are not as open-minded in general as we (society) could be. I think it goes deeper than the obvious. An individual issue. Our motto at  our women’s bootcamp is “Know Thyself”. First and foremost its imperative that people learn how to collaborate and get along for success. One of the disadvantages I believe lies in most Bujinkan circles. It’s an ancient and dominate art (lack of women) that I believe contributes to the problem.

When I lived in Europe (Budapest) there were a number of local dojos and everyone seemed a bit distance from each other. That was strange for me being a foreigner and all. So happen while teaching in Budapest, I was accused twice by two separate instructors of trying to steal their students which was far from the truth. I didn’t take it personally, though it was out of character for any instructor in the Bujinkan to behave that way. Unfortunately at the time the two instructors mentioned were not licensed from the Bujinkan to teach nor either of them ever visited Japan to train. Leadership in Hungary is absurd with regards to budo taijutsu training. The majority of the instructors were insecure and lacked the fundamentals. I believe this what made collaboration nearly impossible. For the most part they (students) were awfully loyal to the point where they didn’t investigate for themselves the art budo taijutsu.

What does this all have to do with collaboration?

I believe before you can work with someone else that may or may not be your competition (business) its imperative that you know yourself. In Systema when you see Vladimir and Mikhail working together its a collaboration. Though the two oversee’s two separate HQs. I’m not saying in budo taijutsu it is not the case. Because in budo taijutsu many buyu work together.

To collaborate its imperative to set aside differences and work together. A group of minds is ALWAYS better the one.

I personally believe instructors should make it a point regularly to train with other instructors or practitioners (budo taijutsu) of higher if not equal dan grades. Also when the opportunity presents itself, train with other people from different styles as well. However you have to be clear on the objective. If its a situation of which art is better, who is a better practitioner or stronger. Than you ought not collaborate.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized” – Sun Tzu

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.

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.

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

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