稽古 Training 

“As you can see, training is like cooking. Two people can have the exact same ingredients, but one is able to create something delicious, the other, something disgusting.”

Sōke – 22/4/96

“It’s very important that when you study martial arts you don’t be stupid about your training…it’s very important from now on that you realise that martial arts is something that you’re putting your life on the line for, otherwise your martial arts will only go half way and you will as well.”

Sōke, Daikomyosai 1994

Syllabus & Note Taking

A grading syllabus is used in the Dojo to ensure that students have a solid overview of the art by the time they reach blackbelt. The syllabus covers the fundamentals in both unarmed and armed aspects, and helps ensure the quality of the Dojo’s students.

Lastly, note taking is encouraged during the class, both to help the learning process and to encourage the student to embrace the skill acquisition process as their own – please bring along a notebook and a pen!

Learning Approach 

The learning approach is as follows:

Kata (Pattern) Learning fundamentals, principles and theory.

Henka (Variation) Learning extrapolations of the fundamentals, principles and theory.

Randori (Free Training) Learning to discern where and when to apply fundamentals, principles and theory as they appear in the moment.

This of course occurs in a cyclical manner, with each stage assisting the development of the other.

Class Format

Classes follow the format of a warm-up, followed by rolling, then unarmed work and finally weapon practice.

Generally the classes are structured roughly as follows:

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Ryutai Undo Ho/ Tanren 龍体運動法/鍛錬          

Preparatory exercises

Ryutai Undo Ho 龍体運動法

Stretching

Atemi to Tanren 当身と鍛錬

Conditioning & Striking

Kamae 構え

Posture

Ukemi Gata Taihenjutsu 受身体変術

Methods for training safely

Taihenjutsu 体変術

Rolling, Leaping, etc.

Ukemi 受身

Break Falling/Escapes

Taijutsu 体術                                    

Unarmed movement

Kihon Happō Gata 基本八法型

Fundamental training forms

Gogyō no Kata  五行の型

Movement drills

Mutō Dori Taihenjutsu 無刀捕体変術

Unarmed against a weapon

Ryūha 流派                                                                            

Schools material

Buki  武器                                     

Traditional Weapon Study

Ken jutsu  剣術

 Japanese Sword

Bō jutsu 棒術

 Staff

Sō Jutsu 槍術

Spear

Shuriken jutsu 手裏剣術

Thrown Weapons

Of course this is just a rough outline, from time to time other material is covered.

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