“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!
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.
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:
Ryutai Undo Ho/ Tanren 龍体運動法/鍛錬
Ryutai Undo Ho 龍体運動法
Atemi to Tanren 当身と鍛錬
Conditioning & Striking
Ukemi Gata Taihenjutsu 受身体変術
Methods for training safely
Rolling, Leaping, etc.
Kihon Happō Gata 基本八法型
Fundamental training forms
Gogyō no Kata 五行の型
Mutō Dori Taihenjutsu 無刀捕体変術
Unarmed against a weapon
Traditional Weapon Study
Ken jutsu 剣術
Bō jutsu 棒術
Sō Jutsu 槍術
Shuriken jutsu 手裏剣術
Of course this is just a rough outline, from time to time other material is covered.