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

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

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

GROWING UP IN THE BUJINKAN

Growing up in the Bujinkan.

I’ve been around for a couple of years. Literally, its been a lot of years. The Bujinkan is one of the best organizations in the world. Not to forget to mention the martial art system. Much has changed after the millennium(2000).

The Bujinkan from what I understand is the biggest martial arts organization in the world. I don’t believe Masaaki Hatsumi (Present day Soke), imagine his organization would take off as it did in the world. What was once the image of secrecy, and ninjutsu. Today is known in just about every martial art style in the world. Perhaps it was never meant to be a martial art, as it is known today. It may have meant more to those families, and grandmasters then what many of us believe. It was kept quiet, and in the shadows (per-say). By the mid to late 20th century, that changed. Probably a hand full of foreigners arrived in Japan around the 1900s looking for the ninja. Hard to keep a tangible phenomenal a secret in the western world. All it took was a few books on the topic to pop up. Speculation, mixed with curiousity, brought the seeker filled with courage to the door of the Bujinkan present day Soke.

 

This widespread of interest may have been the turning point. Back in the 80s, the majority of people didn’t have a few thousand of dollars to journey to Japan. Stephen Hayes mainly is the one responsible for the widespread of ninjutsu. There were others, few and far between.

Rank (grades) seems to be an unfortunate nowadays. Many have the means to travel to Japan these days. When I was in Japan last.  I was in the right place, at the right time. It was the class of a Japanese shihan. During the tea break, he spoke about the early days of training. He said how training has changed, and the behavior of many young practitioners journeying to japan to train with the last Ninja Master. That was seriously the pivotal point in my life. Growing up was eminent. The desire for advancement was no longer a priority. Nowadays, people promote others easily in exchange for being invited to do seminars. This in turn affords  trips to Japan. Rank in the west seems to be far more important then character, and leadership quality. The standards has swindled. Imagine being a 10th to 15th degree, and between the ages of 20 to 35 years of age. The license itself has more character, and leadership quality, then the holder. Not to be negative. However, experience is not a factor. Experience in life not only in martial arts, requires time, dedication, knowing oneself, compassion, humility, etc. Deprivation of growth does injustice!

“The world needs demonstration more than it needs teaching” – Wallace D. Wattles

This particular Japanese shihan said people travel to Japan to learn how to mimic Hatsumi sensei, never to realize what he went through to discover himself. I would like to share something I read the other day.

This guy was offering a service. The service only took about 3 minutes. However, he charged a heft sum for his service (1000s of dollars). The guy who needed the service, asked.

” Why is your service expensive for 3 minutes”. The answer: “It took me 30 plus years to learn this service, and do it in 3 minutes”.

The point to the story is clear. It takes many years to develop skill sets, and tools. There is no other way. Even for the gifted pupils.

Was speaking to a fellow buyu the other day, via messaging. I mentioned how great it was to see change happening among those who were concern with a particular event. Especially the instructor teaching at this event. My friend response first was the credentials of the instructor. And how many years he has been training, and learning. Was great to hear!

The majority of young instructors, is more interested in rank, and how many trips to japan then experience. Experience cannot be acquired by journeying somewhere. Yes, its part of the process. Experience transform into wisdom via time. Trial and error!

Hopefully this will change one day. Maybe not. Only nature knows!

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.

Budo photo

 

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.

 

To host a seminar, or better. To request a private class, email our office at: kotekidojo@gmail.com

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