This is a personal message from me, Yossi,
I wanted to let you know about a great learning opportunity that has just come out from my friend Miles Kessler and the Integral Dojo. He has just released a free mini-course on Aikido and the “Evolution Of Response”. This is a 3-part video series and it is full of great teaching content about about development in Aikido, and it also includes helpful reference guides to illuminate the Path of practice.
Miles is an innovative Martial arts teacher with years of experience and also a certified Dharma teacher who already lead a meditation seminar in AKBAN.
This free video mini-series will give you a wonderful way to apply Aikido and Budo principles to your life. The free video and reference guide will only be available for a few days only so be sure to check it out while you can.
Ninjutsu sessions will resume in Sunday, 28/9/2014.
Meanwhile here is a very nicely done video of La Sala delle Armi, a HEMA group from Torino who analyse and practice ancient weapon Kata and Randori, just like we do. This one is about Lignitzer’s sword and buckler techniques, from Codex Danzig.
Every part of this short video follows the exact way we work difficult situations. First the problem or the attack is presented, then a counter attack, and then a counter to the counter.
The stances are exact Kukishinden ryu, the color of the shirts looks familiar and the accuracy and seriousness are what I like to see in a research oriented dojo. Kudos.
I often think what a joy it would be if I had the real knowledge of a primus palus Murmillo Gladiator or the small details of the Mongol techniques. The hope of re-discovering ancient techniques and knowledge has fueled many research endeavors in AKBAN and also our encyclopedia, a strive to document in a wiki all the knowledge and insights of our art.
I love seeing so many similar efforts of re-learning and discovering good, effective techniques. It seems that many problems we, modern 21st century people, encounter and are baffled by, have been solved hundreds and thousands of years ago. I just watched a video of an architect re-discovering the ancient art of building a brick Roman arch. His team of builders had to work both creatively and with great care as the pragmatic stages of building such an arch are not written and practically forgotten.
Lars Andersen joins Lajos Kassai and others in trying and succeeding to breath life into relics of our violent past.
The research side of my profession, a traditional martial arts teacher, seems like the essence of the Jurassic park movie, we take ancient DNA of long gone dinosaurs and breath life into it. The results are magical and Lars Andersen exemplifies this process with his uncanny abilities with the bow.
Shooting faster then Legolas, hitting the target with three arrows while falling from a horse, are great examples that open a possible window to Mongol and Arab archery techniques. The icing on this cake is the Motorcycle shooting test, applying the technique correctly but adapting it to modern times. Touché!
University of Illinois PhD student Rajinder Sodhi and Disney Research’s Ivan Poupyrev published a prototype of a device that creates a standing, tactile, controllable, air-wave.
The air pressure produced by this prototype is tactile and can be linked with Kinect, and similar devices, to function not only on a passive three dimensional virtual world but in a virtual world that has a variable and controllable tactile and physical dimensions.
Even though we are traditional Ninjutsu practitioners, I write about technological and thought provoking insights that have helped not only the documentation of our tradition using a highly semantic wiki but will, in the future, assist learning, practicing and teaching using new devices that will incorporate depth, tactile information and other variables.
As I look at it, the difference between a boxing bag or a wing chun wooden dummy and the AIREAL devices is not essential. As a training aid these just differ in technology.