November 20th, 2006

seeing an excellent Saturday training from the sidelines

Posted in Training Notes by Rob

Had the good fortune to see last Saturday’s two hour training session with Mark at Fight School. Had the misfortune of being sidelined, so I only got to watch while others got to DO. But here’s notes from what I saw:

One person stood before two partners; two partners kicked, and person practiced MOVING. That was the beginning.

Then two became three, then four, then surrounding person in middle. Kicks came one at a time. Person moved out of way. Person moved efficiently, learned hands best kept near body protecting person’s body and contours. Soon kicks became any incoming strike or punch or kick. Moving continued. Finally, person in middle experienced the feeling of ‘what if everyone attacked all at once.’

Then came a Kuki Shinden Ryu ‘flavor’ of ichimonji no kamae. Kamae needed to be effective FIRST TIME, right away, no delays or corrections. After ichimonji, hicho no kamae came next, taking a position of strong balance upon a single point at the very center of balance and gravity between the uke and torre.

Then came the ground. Uke or torre would technique, one or the other would go toward ground, and the one going to ground would take or bring the other with him, resulting in both partners going to the ground. An excellent point came: techniques were still happening from the ground. Gyakus were used. Uke’s spine could be kept off line. Balance could be taken or prevented from partner.

Watching this, about an hour into the session, there was the oddest idea/vision that this exact training could have been practiced in just the same way a couple of centuries ago by an army in Japan, in armor, on the battlefield preparing for the next fight. Armor or no, the movements, the ideas, the effectiveness were there, two days ago on a Saturday in Manhattan and how they probably looked long ago.

Thanks, Mark, great couple of hours. Good training, all who were there. Those who can, did.

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