Monday, February 29, 2016

Qigong.



Kyokushinkai Karate's Tensho Kata.

... my favourite Kata as well.

... while i am not sure of that,
... while i am not an expert in that,
... i think & feel it's quite related with Qigong,

... do not trust my words blindly, however,
... you can check on Your own, instead.



Blog author's experiences.

... i've read about Qigong, perhaps under a different name, years ago - when i've trained Karate Kyokushinkai at BKKK.

... at a certain point during my training activity i've been able to find energy for a very long trainig, perhaps this was an effect of a qigong exercise manifesting?


Introduction.

According to Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's 'true nature', and helps develop human potential.

Over time, five distinct traditions or schools of qigong developed in China, each with its own theories and characteristics: Buddhist Qigong, Chinese Medical Qigong, Daoist Qigong, Confucian Qigong, and Martial Arts Qigong. All of these qigong traditions include practices intended to cultivate and balance qi.

Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation as part of various philosophical and spiritual traditions. As meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss. Many practitioners find qigong, with its gentle focused movement, to be more accessible than seated meditation.


Buddhist Qigong.

In Buddhism meditative practices now known as Buddhist Qigong are part of a spiritual path that leads to spiritual enlightenment or Buddhahood.


Martial arts applications.

The practice of qigong is an important component in both internal and external style Chinese martial arts. Focus on qi is considered to be a source of power as well as the foundation of the internal style of martial arts (Neijia). T'ai chi ch'uan, Xing yi, and Baguazhang are representative of the types of Chinese martial arts that rely on the concept of qi as the foundation. Extraordinary feats of martial arts prowess, such as the ability to withstand heavy strikes and the ability to break hard objects are abilities attributed to qigong training.


T'ai chi ch'uan and qigong.

T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan) is a widely practiced Chinese internal martial style based on the theory of taiji ('grand ultimate'), closely associated with qigong, and typically involving more complex choreographed movement coordinated with breath, done slowly for health and training, or quickly for self-defense. In modern practice, qigong typically focuses more on health and meditation rather than martial applications, and plays an important role in training for t'ai chi ch'uan, in particular used to build strength, develop breath control, and increase vitality ('life energy').


Source: Qigong on Wikipedia.




Kyokushinkai Karate's Taikyoku Kata sono Ni,

... it's almost most-liked Kata by me,
... just after Tensho Kata, as well.


Kobudō.

Okinawan kobudō, or simply kobudō, refers to the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts.

There are weapons, there are kobudō styles that use different weapon combinations.

While i am not too picky, i prefer to not waste time ... i'll use kobudō as a way to learn:
- Unarmed,
- Tantojutsu (including knife throwing),
- Wakizashi,
- Bo & Jo,
- Katana,
- Ninjatō,
- Gun (Nonlethal Gas Gun during Peace, Lethal Glock Gun in case of War),
- Sniper Rifle (only during War).

... other important tools are:
- meditation,
- awareness & timing,
- a proper breathing methods,
- atemi, ki, chakras & qigong,
- movement & balance methods,
- strikes, mostly with arms, legs & weapons,
- mental & physical readiness for a long fights - even in a difficult situations,
- mental & physical readiness for a short fights - even in a difficult situations,
- grapples, throws & chokes,
- basics of fighting on ground,
- resistance against falling on ground, or being dragged down,
- ammo conservation & awareness of available tools,
- iai,
- methods for figthing against one enemy, as well as against more ... an exact number depends on tools,
- tactics,
- combat psychology,
- ...

... that's how i see this for now.

Real Combat Way, Sports Way, ...

... there are many ways, there are many needs.

i chose training for Real Combat - to be able to Protect, even at the cost of tournament wins, the purity of Kata forms, etc ...

... i can still participate in other ways, but not at all cost.

... Beauty & a Good Style of Martial Arts is still very important for me, but Safety should come first, nevertheless.

the sweat & disgraces during training are acceptable, but only as a way - to attain efficiency & style when this matters more.

Katana & Ninjatō.

... i aim for 2nd Dan in Martial Arts, in this life,

... with tantojutsu & unarmed martial ways, as well,
... with katana & wakizashi, with ninjatō as well,

... not only with kenjutsu & iaijutsu,

... not at all cost, however, as well.




Katana.



Katana.

Introduction.

Historically, katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai of feudal Japan. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Description.

Antique Japanese (samurai) daishō, the traditional pairing of two Japanese swords which were the symbol of the samurai, showing the traditional Japanese sword cases (koshirae) and the difference in size between the katana (top) and the smaller wakizashi (bottom).

The katana is generally defined as the standard sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 60 cm (23 1⁄2 inches). It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard (tsuba) and long grip to accommodate two hands. It has historically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan.

Western historians have said that katana were among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Forging and construction.

Katanas are traditionally made from a specialized Japanese steel called tamahagane, which is created from a traditional smelting process that results in several, layered steels with different carbon concentrations. This process helps remove impurities and even out the carbon content of the steel. The smith begins by folding and welding pieces of high and low carbon steel several times to work out most of the impurities.

Usage in Martial Arts.

Katana were used by samurai in practicing several martial arts and modern martial artists still use a variety of katana. Martial arts in which training with katana is used include Iaijutsu, battōjutsu, iaidō, kenjutsu, kendo, aikido, ninjutsu, and Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū.

Storage and maintenance.

If mishandled in its storage or maintenance, the katana may become irreparably damaged. The blade should be stored horizontally in its sheath, curve down and edge facing upward to maintain the edge. It is extremely important that the blade remain well-oiled, powdered and polished, as the natural moisture residue from the hands of the user will rapidly cause the blade to rust if not cleaned off. The traditional oil used is choji oil (99% mineral oil and 1% clove oil for fragrance). Similarly, when stored for longer periods, it is important that the katana be inspected frequently and aired out if necessary in order to prevent rust or mold from forming (mold may feed off the salts in the oil used to polish the katana).

Source: Katana on Wikipedia.


Ninjatō.



Ninjatō.



Introduction.

The ninjatō, ninjaken, or shinobigatana, are allegedly the preferred weapon that the Shinobi of feudal Japan carried. It is portrayed by modern ninjutsu practitioners (including Masaaki Hatsumi and Stephen K. Hayes) and is prominently featured in popular culture. Replicas of this weapon are also prominently on display in both the Koka Ninja Village Museum in Kōka, Shiga and the Iga-ryū Ninja Museum in Iga, Mie. Historically, there is no physical evidence for the existence of this 'katana-like short sword legendarily used by ninja', though it is believed that they are based on the design of the wakizashi or chokutō swords.

Appearance.

The ninjatō is typically depicted as being a short sword, often portrayed as having a straight blade (similar to that of a shikomizue) with a square guard. Usually of a length 'less than 60 cm', the rest of the sword is comparatively 'thick, heavy and straight'. Hayes suggests that the typical description of the ninjatō could be due to ninja having to forge their own blades from slabs of steel or iron with the cutting edge being ground on a stone, with straight blades being easier to form than the much more refined curved traditional Japanese sword. His second possible reason for ninjatō being described as a straight-bladed, rather short sword could be that the ninja were emulating one of the patron Buddhist deities of ninja families, Fudo Myo-oh, who is depicted brandishing a straight-bladed short sword similar to a chokutō. Stephen Turnbull, a historian specializing in the military history of Japan indicates of historical ninja: 'The most important ninja weapon was his sword. This was the standard Japanese fighting sword or katana ... for convenience the ninja would choose a blade that was shorter and straighter than usual.'.

Usage.

Due to the lack of historical evidence regarding the existence of the ninjatō, techniques for usage in a martial context are largely speculative. When used in film and stage, ninjatō are depicted as being shorter than a katana with a straight blade but they are utilized in a 'nearly identical' manner as the katana. Books and other written materials have described a number of possible ways to use the sword including 'fast draw techniques centered around drawing the sword and cutting as a simultaneous defensive or attacking action', with 'a thrust fencing technique', and with a 'reverse grip'.

The scabbards were often said to have been used for various purposes such as a respiration pipe (snorkel) in underwater activities or for secretly overhearing conversations. The scabbard is also said to have been longer than the blade of the ninjatō in order to hide various objects such as chemicals used to blind pursuers. The tsuba (hand guard) of the ninjato is often described as being larger than average and square instead of the much more common round tsuba. One theory on the ninjatō tsuba size and shape is that it was used as a tool, the sword would be leaned against a wall and ninja would use the tsuba as a step to extend his normal reach, the sword would then be retrieved by pulling it up by the sageo (saya cord).

Source: Ninjatō on Wikipedia.




Modern Ninjas with Ninjatō.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bodhidharma & Shaolin.

... The Bodhidharma taught Shaolin Monastery some martial arts to exercise their body,

... the reasons why Bodhidharma taught them was, as he saw all the monks are physically weak at that time,

... so with a 'Healthy Body will lead to a Healthy Mind' ...

Namaste, friends.

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... i've visited Zen Buddhist Centre 'Bodhidharma',

... years ago,

... when i've trained Karate Kyokushinkai in BKKK, at Riviera Club in Warsaw & more gyms.


... i've also read 'Three Zen Pillars' by Philip Kapleau, years ago.

... now i start to understand why.

Sources of Martial Arts Philosophy.

... while inspired by Bruce Lee, as it is for now at least, i intend to focus on mostly two of Great Strategy Deeds (Books):

1. Sun Tzu - 'Art of War' - methods of the sun, overt & covert.
2. Lao Tzu - 'Tao Te Ching' - methods of the moon, covert & overt.

... it's mostly these two deeds, as i strive for 2nd Dan in Martial Arts in this life, with a far more work later as well.

... i'll study other influences as well, however, as needed or neccessary.

see also, if You wish or need, ... : Chasing the Sun, Martial Arts Philosophy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Krav Maga Tactics.

... there's someone who wishes to learn Krav Maga Tactics.

... i do as well, but i know nothing of that.

... i could use support in that respect, so i can share as well ... including posts on this blog, as a means of sharing, etc ...

Namaste, friends.


--


Kabbalah for Beginners.

i think it's part of Judaism, thus related to Krav Maga - in a way, at least.
i heard on perhaps most important for me a Buddhist Course that Judaism is Intelligent as well.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Free Tibet.

... contrary to common opinion, i think Tibet's Freedom can be defended without war with China.

- how?
- by fighting worst common enemy, Terrorism.

- is it against Buddha?
- i think not. i serve Buddha, then Poland & NATO, using Chinese Methods for defeating Terrorism.

- do i serve China?
- yes, but not as a priority, i fight for Tibet's Freedom by serving China as a price. by fighting Terrorism.

- does fighting Terror in Poland helps China as well?
- i think yes, they have less places to run ... and hacking & the internet can reach far. Martial Arts as well, but with less of quickness & speed.

- is there anything else to add?
- i admire Shaolin Buddhist Monastery, in a Henan Province, China. other Shaolin Temples & places as well.

- which method is my operations?
- counterintelligence including intelligence & HACKINT (hacking intelligence, tech steals), a part of SIGINT (signals intelligence, sensors) with strong focus on TEXTINT (textual intelligence, keyloggers), but also IMINT (image intelligence, image & text recognition software ... but not just yet) ... perhaps more in future as well.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Weapons for Peace & War.

... what weapon i can go with during peace time?
- it's mostly nonlethal gas gun.

... what about during war?
- i think it's light sniper rifle for shooting at lightly armored car's gas tank, or pilots/drivers as well. ... perhaps this can be useful to counter the initiative of recon raids after enemies get signal. recon drones can help & fight to cover the escape as well. other things i consider is hacking, not only wireless, parachuting & motor-bike.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Duel Tactics: Long Fights.

How to defeat opponent with a fast maneuver series?

Tire him with a fight long enough, then strike with an a explosive strike combo.

Such maneuvers can be done in stages - for example: tire to catch off guard then disable leg to reduce defense & mobility ... then regain strength, tire & disable the hand-guard .... when enemy is disabled enough, finish him with explosive strike combo, connecting hits in all needed vulnerable points to knock out.

Coordinate time counting breaths, counting breaths & time awareness during combat is a very important precondition.

Meditate is You must, on that as well.

This requires endurance in a fight preparations, a lot of physical exerices that increase stamina ... as well as breath exercises so your Mind & Body, including Brain won't faint as Body deoxygenates as you tire as well.


See also, if You wish:
- Duel Tactics: Fast Strike.