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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This is the recipe for the cake I brought to class yesterday.
350 degrees 30-40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean) 9 x 13 inch pan greased
1.5 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla (or more to taste - I just pour in what looks right)
3 cups flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Beat the eggs until thick. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together and mix in alternately with the cream. Pour in the pan and bake!
This time I poured about 2/3rds the batter in the pan. The other third I added 3 Tbsp dark cocoa powder mixed then poured that into the pan to have a marble cake. Instead of frosting I just sprinkled it with powdered sugar.
Just a reminder we are now live on Saturdays from 10 am till noon. You can join us here in the dojo or on zoom. Either way the more the merrier. Today we looked at a knife versus knife situation. Setting up for a stab to the throat, followed by defending and controlling our partner.
It was a serious dance with lots of lessons to explore. There was lots of laughter and death. And then we had cake.
We look forward to training with you
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Most of us learn and understand fighting and self defense from television shows, movies, playgrounds, streets, school yards, backyards and inside the home. We see people fighting with aggression, strength, tension and anything at their disposal. Mostly we see the person that is stronger, faster, bigger, or with a more aggressive attitude prevail.
What we train in, to be in the moment completely aware and to relax our bodies into balance and gravity is completely counterintuitive to almost everything that we have been raised to believe is necessary to be successful at defending ourselves. We don’t train to be aggressive, stronger, faster or to win. We train to come to a peaceful resolution of the situation. We train to hopefully perceive it before it happens and guide the moments to a different more peaceful outcome.
We train to allow them to have their reality without harming us or those we love. We train so they don’t realize the outcome has changed and we are safe and...
Those who know me will tell you I can talk. I can be loud and just keep talking about taijutsu for as long as there is someone to listen. Actually I talk to myself about it too so I don’t even need someone to listen but that’s a different story.
This one is about teaching. Teaching this art is not telling someone what I know it is about helping them discover the principles on their own. Back in 1992 when my teacher Mark Davis had me start a training group he told me that my job was to create an experience / experiment for the student so that they discover the principle I want them to learn without me telling it to them.
At the time my thought was how the hell am I supposed to do that. Where do I start? Over the years as I thought about it and worked with it I realized that to even begin to teach this way I have to already understand the principle. That means I have to already have done the experiments, worked through them and understand, or in other words, been a good...
Last night we worked on ground movement and taking the opponents base to off balance them and gain control of the situation. The key was not a set of particular movements, it was understanding how to release/relax your body into the space needed to disrupt the balance of your attacker with gravity.
The closest analogy to the principle of this movement is a young child who doesn’t want to be picked up.
The ability to grasp this concept and to use it has far reaching implications; it doesn’t just apply to the ground but every situation you find yourself in. It allows you to be fully aware of the moment, what is happening, and what is the most appropriate response for your safety and happiness.
Being able to completely relax and connect with gravity, a force of nature, we can connect to the currents of the world around us. By connecting we find the currents or pathways to a safe and positive outcome for ourselves.
We look forward to training with you.
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