In this video I discuss the difference between using hard style blocks within self-defense as oppose to soft style blocks. Afterwards I teach a technique that utilizes soft blocks from 1 of our 7 warrior traditions – Koka-ryu Kempo.
There are many ways to block/defend and oncoming attack. There is no single correct way. There are many ways, all dependent on the situation. To have a high level of skill within Kempo, you need to understand and master all of the various defensive/blocking maneuvers so that you can counter an oncoming attack efficiently and effectively. This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
In this video, I ask the question, what inspired you to start your martial arts training? This is a topic that is very different and personal for all of us. Some of us were inspired by people, while others were inspired by books, comic books, cartoons and videos games.
Anyone who knows me, knows that Teela from the MOTU (Masters of the Universe), was my original Martial Arts inspiration. As a young transgender child, this was a very powerful cartoon for me on many levels.
Regardless of our inspiration, what is important is finding something that will inspire us to be the best us that we can be. For me, it was the Master of the Universe cartoon and all of the small lessons that were hidden within. What was it for you?
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This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
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Learn how to improve your martial arts kata, using ancient training techniques from Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson of the Budo Ryu Kai (Budo Ryu Ninjutsu).
When you are training kata, you need to be able to “flow”, similar to the way that you breathe to circulate and flow air through the body. You also have to need to be able to “beat”, similar to the way that your heart beats to keep you alive. You need both the hard and the soft working together to properly practice your kata.
In this video, I discuss the sad truth in the world of the martial arts. Do not get me wrong, I love the martial arts and the ninjutsu community. But that does not mean I love everything that’s in it. There are things that are absolutely terrible in the world of martial arts and self defense business; and in this video, I detail 3 things that are the sad truth in the industry.
The majority of teachers cannot do what they claim they can do, and or, they cannot do what they teach.
The majority of teachers spend more time on the perception of their dojo’s image, rather than the development of their student’s skills.
The majority of teachers give out easy rank, to make more money. In doing this, it hinders the student’s development because the importance is not on the student; it is on the profit margin on the dojo.
I refuse to participate in the above 3 points. The art, the transmission of the art and the relationships with the students and their development is what is important.
Looking back a the situation, when I seen him stare at me and ask for money, if I would have ignored him and walked up to where he was and crossed the road at the actual walk way crossing, he might not have followed me. Maybe he would have not seen me as “prey”.
However, when he asked for money and I immediately crossed the road where I did, I think he might have thought that I was “weak” & “afraid”, and that was his opportunity. To me, this makes more sense as to why he pursued me at the rate that he did.
None the less, this man was not every efficient in what he was doing. There are 100+ different ways that he could have done something different to make it much harder on me. Clearly he is not a “professional thief”, but likely someone who is a little down on his luck and looking to steal a few extra bucks to help him during the holiday.
I am glad that I was not robbed and that it did not escalate to a violent attack and that no one was hurt in anyway. There are so many crazy people out there, so you have to be aware of everything, all of the time.