Over the last weeks we went into the rabbit hole of Kukishin Ryu and especially paid respect and training time to the formidable Oni Kudaki armlock. As Z. said, the focus that Kukishin Ryu puts on this difficult lock is unprecedented in martial arts.
At the last sessions, last week, we worked on the riddle from a different direction, more battle ready, and did the special Tai Sabaki that epitomises Kukishin Kata. This background will also serve us at the Ran Levari, AKBAN Berlin Dojo Cho, upcoming seminar.
Food, tasty and good, is the basis for health and good feeling, it takes time, good advice and luck until we eat right.
Books are nourishment too.
Short paragraphs, on a digital platform or in the newspaper, are like sprinting to catch the bus, necessary, but not the same as running for an hour in the mountains. Learning to read right is a bit like learning to run long distances, we need a reading fitness plan, we can read longer and longer sections, make it a habit.
What does this have to do with martial arts? Our teachers exemplified, 文武一道 bun bu ichido, the brush stroke and the cut, the pen and the sword, learning and fighting, are one thing. In ancient Aramaic too: Safra ve Saifa (סָפְרָא וסַיָּיפָא)- a scholar and a sword man. And they say that Rabbi Eliezer said: “The Sword And The Book Came Down Bound Together”.
“Draw the target and hit its center,” says the master of the house. In meters yes, but not in years.
The arrow has to fly, fly, not just hit a target, and the view it sees when flying for a long time is not the landscape it sees in one moment.
The target is not there, it’s beautiful. We did not know we thought about it.
The landlord says in his sleep: “I am the dream owner. Do not worry, it’s a way that has been walked before” and “the target is in the Centre. Pull as much as you can, steady, leave, watch the arrow fly. Then Draw the target around the point of impact. “
The Pac-Man Rule: When standing as a group of people, always leave room for 1 person to join your group.
Leaving room for new people when standing in a group is a physical way to show an inclusive and welcoming environment. It reduces the feeling of there being cliques, and allows people to integrate themselves into the community.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to try and build the largest Pac-Man in the room. Invite new people into your groups, make new friends, and build a community full of people who feel included. We all benefit.
From: The Pac-Man Rule at Conferences
I was not nervous, but mainly task oriented. When I drove to the emergency room (I drove for about fifteen minutes from the road and then hitchhiked), I sang a song from Mashina. I was not afraid of the consequences of the sting, because I assume that people always exaggerate the lethal potential of external harms that are not under our control (such as terror attacks, snake bites, etc.), and underestimate the lethal potential of external harms that are actually under our control.
Before Yom Kipur, this Friday morning, 29.9.2017, 07:00-08:00, we will condense a fitness and technique seminar in the water at the sea shore. Wear AKBAN shorts and tee-shirt.
Here’s a link to registration page, number of places limited… click here to register (AKBAN Active students only).
In the dojo, we have been working on several subjects since the beginning of September: Several opponents, stance for grappling, combining kicks and strikes, evasion 7-8 and entering an arm lock from a double strike.
This week we will learn elbows and combine this with Jumonji and sharp weapons, in preparation for Sukkot Sharp weapons seminar.