Last night we trained in the ninja mind sciences. Most people understand this as meditation, breathing, introspection, becoming peaceful. That is just a part of the ninja mind sciences we study.
Last night we trained with osoto gake, a rear hip throw. The version we trained with off balanced your partner by turning them and stepping to their balance to catch them in an awkward hug. They ended up hanging on a gravitational ledge that you controlled. At this point you could direct them to the ground or back up to standing in balance.
We started by doing this mechanically, physical steps, push shoulder, pull elbow, step to their balance, step behind them and hug/support their head. The final step was then to get into gravity and understand the end shape of this kata. We then tried to do this without running through physical steps but sensing where tension in ourselves and our partner held us in place and how to release the tension to create the off balances that led to a controlled...
If you have been watching Shinobi Science classes in the last month you may have noticed a dog wandering around, that’s Moxie, also known as Ms. Moxie, Moxiemillian or Moxie socks. She lives with me and has decided she would love to come to the dojo and observe classes and all of our antics.
She loves to say hello and be patted by all. She is constantly vigilant in case a morsel of food is dropped. If you would like to meet Moxie, you can stop by the dojo and train with us.
We look forward to training with you.
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One of the most fantastic things about this art is you don’t have to be physically fit, young or perfectly healthy to learn and train in it. While we all strive to be physically fit and healthy sometimes life throws us a curveball.
I have trained while my arm was in a sling and while on crutches. Dennis has trained on crutches and in a wheelchair. We have students of all ages, some with disabilities and physical limitations, all training and learning how to use gravity for safety with the principles of this art.
That is the main focus of our art: how to survive when you are at a disadvantage. Since that is what we study, the art is malleable to be adapted to any disadvantaged situation.
So while we work to be healthy and physically fit, you don’t have to be healthy, young and physically fit to train and learn this art. No matter what your age, fitness level or health, you can learn to defend yourself with Shinobi Science to live a safe and happy life.
We look forward to...
The entire Shinobi Science class schedule is back in the dojo for members who have been fully vaccinated. We have evening classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, day classes Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30am and Saturday at 10:00am.
If you are vaccinated and want to get started again or if you like to apply for membership click below to get contact information.
We look forward to training with you.
Saturday I had the students start with a drill, standing with their back to their partner. The partner would place their right or left hand on either shoulder. The goal was to see if they could tell which hand was being placed on their shoulder to have a better idea of the person's position.It then progressed through several other drills, and ended with them being against the wall and a knife to their back.
Starting with a very simple drill and then progressing through to a very dangerous violent situation made dealing with the situation less scary, more manageable. It made learning how to deal with the situation somewhat easier. To train with a dangerous and violent situation the more comfortable it is for the student the better they learn. It’s very hard to train and learn if you are uncomfortable, tense and scared.
We want our students to feel safe and comfortable so they can explore violent, uncomfortable and scary situations, to learn how to defend themselves from any...
Last night we explored advanced capability one, effortless power. It went well. From our most recent student to the most advanced student a new understanding of how to use gravity to their advantage was gained.
To see their understanding, smiles and laughter at the successes they and their partners had is a joy. Frequently people think we teach to show off our skills. But that is never the case here at Shinobi Science. We want you to get it. We want our students to understand, explore and become fantastic at this art because we love it.
The art of ninjutsu is such a powerful and positive force that has brought much joy, happiness, laughter and safety to our lives. We want to share it. So when we teach it is not about what we can do, it’s all about you.
How can we get you to understand the next principle that will bring you further down the path? How do we trigger those little grey cells to understand? The Shinobi Formula gives us a great advantage to do this and help you...
Last night we trained with the Shinden Fudo ryu kata, nichi geki. This morning we trained in the Ninja mind sciences on staying focussed while punching our partner to surface, surface to structure and finally surface through structure to the space beyond. The goal was to do this starting in gravity and landing and staying in gravity.
The two classes were very different in some ways but incredibly the same in others. One class we were working on a historical kata, recreating the moments of it. The other class we were using taijutsu to target a specific displacement of space on our partner.
In both classes to achieve the end goals of the kata or the drill we had to understand the space around our partner. To off balance them we had to understand where their balance was to begin with and the space to move them to be off balanced. Once they were off balanced we had to explore and discover the spaces they needed to rebalance themselves and control that space. By controlling the space...
How many times do you see as many women in the dojo as men? Have you ever been in a class where there are more women than men? Is there a woman who teaches classes regularly, on her own not as an assistant or just the kids' classes?
Here at Shinobi Science it happens all the time. Women are treated with respect and the same sarcastic humor as the men. My teachers Mark and Dennis are responsible for this atmosphere. They treat all students respectfully and regard everyone as a serious student of the art.
I have trained and taught in other martial arts but this art and these two teachers were the first to ask my opinion and other women's opinions on what violence we faced. They asked us what it was like for us, what we needed, what we felt.
They also understand the prejudices that women face so often in the martial arts. They understand that any violent interaction we face will be asymmetrical; it will never be a “fair fight”. They teach us how to fight and defend...
It is blistering hot out now, the temperature is 93 feels like 99. Lovely, but thank goodness the dojo, being situated partly in a hill like a hobbit house, is nice and cool. So we are still training without becoming a dripping mess.
This morning's class we worked on a grappling entry drill for throws. The drill teaches you how to use your body alignment to target the seams and weak spaces on your partner/opponent. You then enter into those spaces, taking control of their balance to create an effortless throw.
It’s a fairly simple drill that can be done with or without a partner. While it teaches you how to use your body alignment for targeting with throws we also looked at how to use the body targeting to defend against a punch or weapon. Like most of our drills and kata, the principles that are found in them with Shinobi Science can be used in many different situations.
Learning multipurpose principles from one simple drill while staying cool, no sweat.
We look forward...
It’s Monday, it’s over ninety degrees, Dennis is swearing at the other computer as he edits lessons. This is my third attempt at a post. I think maybe today is a good day to just NOT record my musings.
Stay cool and enjoy your day!
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