Anshu Christa Jacobson – Give your Students Everything
Photo – Antique Armor of Ninja in Ninja Museum, Japan.
“Why not give your students everything that you can?”
There are many different ninjutsu schools across the world, although some wants to discredit others, the facts are that we are all here, teaching martial arts on the same planet, even if they do not act like it.
One thing that really gets me is that there are schools that claim to teach ninjutsu, yet they only do taijutsu, they never really teach the weapons that much at all, they never teach stealth or any of the things that they “sell” with vintage footage, it is taijutsu. They don’t condition their students for a real fight either, no sparring, no grappling, no bag work. HAVE YOU SEEN PICTURES OF TAKAMATSUS HANDS AND FEET? (33rd grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu). They look like that because he practiced every day punching and kicking trees and other training objects to make his body withstand the force of a real fight!
These same people say that sparring is not needed because it is not a real street fight, so the kata is what they explore for the principals. This is true, Sparring is not a real street fight, but if you practice kata and get principals from that to apply to a street fight, than why can you not spar and take what you learn from that, and apply those principals and strategies to your martial training? Timing, Distancing, Offense, Defense, Counter Attacks, Learning how to train against a opponent that you do not know what they are going to do it is not a pre-set kata, I am sure that all of these things that we get from sparing can easily be placed into the real world of street fighting. You should train your body in all areas of combat, never tell yourself that you don’t need to spar, learn weapons tactics, ground fighting, impact or physical conditioning because by telling yourself that, that is ego, AND EGO WILL GET YOU DEAD!
Prepare yourself for anything that can happen, stop training for ego and train like your life depended on it! If you can learn anything from the past, I am sure that this lesson alone still rings strong.