In my Togakure Ryu leadership class Mark was discussing how he studied ninpo and suggested we do the same.
Whether it is a phrase like Shikin Harimitsu Daikomyo or a kata, first break it down, take each single piece research and train it. Mentally and physically training each part. Then when you have a better understanding of each part put it back together and research and train it as one. Then wear it for a while, a long while, until you can understand the concept or principle so it's more a part of you.
At this point start to explore how to transcend the principle for physical confrontation to use it for a verbal or spiritual confrontation.
Even after all that remember there is always more to learn. How would that principle look if a weapon, or two weapons, limited space, more attackers, in a chair….. You get the idea there is always more to learn.
There is no end of learning these techniques.
Which is both the most exciting thing about this art and in the beginning this was frustrating. How would I ever get it. But after letting go of that, knowing there is more to learn always and in all ways it just added to the magic of this art.
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