Monday, January 8, 2018

Samurai, Warrior - Artists.



Relief statue of Bodhidharma at the Shaolin Temple.


... i am deeply inspired by Samurai, many of them Warrior-Poets or other Artists bringing together Strong, Martial Arts with Beautiful Arts in their lives - along with Meditation practices that lead to Enlightenment, as well as Realization of one's full potential.

All of Martial Arts, including Samurai's have roots in Buddha Bodhidharma's Lessons, who taught in the Shaolin Monastery, Henan, China - who brought physical exercises to monks of Shaolin so they are more physically fit for meditation. In stronger body, there's stronger mind.

Over centuries these physical exercises evolved into first Martial Arts, practical in the bandit-ridden country.

Shaolin Martial Arts are inseparable from meditation, even today.

i wish to explore not only Martial Arts, but also Poetry - focusing on Haiku Forms in English, Polish & French Languages - perhaps in future also in Sanskrit, Tibetan & Japanese.

i wish to explore Digital Painting & the Computer Graphics, as well.

Practicing Speech, including Poetry & other forms of Art-expression is also holy Buddhist Practice, in my opinion.

When we speak OM AH HUNG mantras during meditation or in other situations, we develop Mind, Speech & Body.

Beautiful Arts symbolism, as well as Philosophy are important parts of Martial Arts - from belt colors to names, history & tales.

i wish a Martial Arts style i am creating won't lack in these Beautiful, Wise & Enlightening aspects.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Korean Inspiration.

Korea is one of the most inspiring Nations, for me, Martial Arts - wise.

It's poor but perhaps the most warrior-mind nation in the World.

One of my favourite Martial Arts films is about US - Korean Martial Arts Challenge, 'The Best of the Best'.

... there was meditation in this film as well, led by a woman which reminds me Hannah Nydahl.

Korea is a buddhist nation as well, but i respect China's Shaolin more for the Roots & Spirituality, as well as for Jet Li's Martial Arts & Acting.

... Still most inspiring Martial Artist i ever saw is from Korea, of all Martial Artists i respects him the most.

... i wish to counter him peacefully - with training & thinking - to help him improve, to point weaker points and support his improvements while learning as much as i can.

My favourite Martial Arts Style of Korea is not 'Tae-Kwon Do' - which is still the great legs practice - but 'Systema', strikingly fast & effective:




Friday, December 29, 2017

Practicing Hand Strikes.

A glimpse of my practice with hand strikes.

Whole body, including hips & legs are part of techniques.

Idea is to practice slowly until perfection, then to increase speed.

That's how one trains in Martial Arts.




Saturday, December 2, 2017

Yoko Geri Jodan.

This is Kyokushinkai Karate's Yoko Geri Jodan, a side kick on upper body parts.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mae Geri Jodan.

i believe in Bruce Lee's words that more effective in combat are low kicks & kicks at middle part of the body, so i don't practice high kicks much.

... now i am terribly out of shape with high kicks.

This is Kyokushinkai Karate's Mae Geri Jodan, a simplest forward kick on upper body parts.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

One's Role & Honour.

The most well known & respected Honor Code related with Martial Arts is known as Bushido, Samurai's Code.

It takes root in Feudal Japan, it was means of enforcing Samurai's Loyalty to Daimyo, Feudal Lord.

Many of Samurai believed in Bushido, it was base of their ethics, and important part of their lives.

Many Died because of Bushido, following Rules of Bushido.

i think, however - but not everyone agrees - that Honor Code is Personal, and differs according to one's Role in Society.

There's Difference between Samurai's Bushido, Ninja Bushido, Shinobi's Bushido and Geisha's Bushido, among other.

Exact meanings of these roles may vary, but i understand them as follows:
- Samurai: Honourable, Open, Honest & Courageous Warrior, 'one who serves' his Daimyo with his weapons, training, life & death,
- Ninja: Assassin who covertly eliminates important enemies of his superiors,
- Shinobi: Infiltrator, Saboteur, Ninja, Spy,
- Geisha: Entertainer & Artist, a Female Company. Geishas were not Prostitutes.

Roles could vary & mix, there were cases of Shinobi Geishas who infiltrated enemy provinces & destabilized (sabotaged) enemy's society politically, for example.

How Shinobi or Ninja could be honourable if they hid from enemy's sight, told dishonest words or used other underhanded methods?

i think that the most important idea of Bushido is Loyalty to Superiors, then living the way to Perfect tools for that service.

When completing mission for Daimyo required underhanded methods - even seduction, avoiding enemies succesfully, or personal sactifices as public disgraces were considered Honourable.

When being a 'good example' served Daimyo better, when honesty was good politics for Daimyo, Samurai lived Honest, Pure, Open & Transparent lives in the service.

... and so on.

There's difference between men's honor and women's honor as well, i think. But basics are the same - keep true to superiors, to your goals & ideas, to Yourself as well. Even when it's unpleasant, disgracing, challenging or dangerous.

Men usually do not know anything about women's honor, so should not require them to be honourable, nor even talk publicly about that - except in certain cases. In my opinion Men should be Honourable & fight, women as they wish.

i think True Love is more important than Honour, but not everyone is as i am.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Knife Turning & Striking.




Tantojutsu Combat includes turning a knife in hand, not an easy maneuver at first - has to be practiced.

Soto Uke - Shito Uchi.




When i trained Karate Kyokushinkai, we were taught both Soto Uke, as well as Shito Uchi maneuvers - but not the combination.

Combination is a little more tricky than it seems at first, because when hips move counterclockwise and torso clockwise during the Shito Uchi part - the move seems more effective, thanks to a 'spring effect' - at least in my case. During Soto Uke part both hips & torso move counterclockwise.

i did it with right arm & hand, but can do with left as well - then hips move clockwise and torso counterclockwise during Shito Uchi part. During Soto Uke part both hips & torso move clockwise.

Soto Uke is the block maneuver, Shito Uchi is a strike maneuver aiming at head.

With a knife in hand, Shito Uchi can evolve into a few of cutting maneuvers on various atemi zones, that can be extended or into a cutting/thrusting maneuvers combinations, especially when combined with a proper leg- & body- work that can start at any point in time, beginning from Soto Uke part or later, i think.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Current Training Plan.

Training Plan.

Now that i face financial troubles, i am considering training alone.

While i am not as Great as Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Karate Kyokushinkai, i feel inspired by the thought that Greatness can be achieved by Training, even alone.

i still wish to Train under the Shaolin Discipline, as soon as i can.

Training plan is formed as follows:
- Meditation, whenever possible:
  - Meditation on Breath found in Qi Gong DVD,
  - a Wish for Mindfulness,
  - Zazen, Half-Lotus & Lotus Positions,
- Sources of inspiration, lessons to include:
  - Qi Gong Video DVD,
  - Unarmed Combat memories based on Karate & other,
  - Tantojutsu memories,
  - Films, including Martial Arts films from the Internet,
- Tools:
  - Mind, Speech & Body,
  - Training Knives,
- Warmup,
- Physical Exercises,
- Stretching,
- Breath Exercises,
- Thinking & Studying Martial Arts Philosophy,
- Studying Anatomy, with the focus on Atemi,
- Energy Feeling & Visualizations, including feeling inner Qi,
- Mantras,
- Bowing,
- Basic Maneuvers, Kihon:
  - Most basic of maneuvers during every training session,
  - More fancy maneuvers as often as practical,
- Maneuvers Combinations:
  - Perfecting what i did learn already,
  - Experimenting, creating my own Style, joining Styles as well,
- Kata Forms,
- Fighting against Shadow - against imagined opponent(s),
- Massage.

i wish to train as outlined by this plan, 1-4 hours a day, 6 days a week, but not at all cost.

As soon as possible, considering getting in shape, contusions, mental & physical health, other causes as well.


Mantras.

MA DAG MA
OM MANI PEME HUNG
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
MA DAG MA

Shinden Awaken

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.




-=- Qi Gong DVD. -=-

Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts.

i think one should not underestimate footwork advantage in martial arts, at any rate.

When i did train Karate Kyokushinkai in BKKK, i did go on a month of Summer Karate Kyokushinkai Course next to a Baltic Sea.

It was a great lesson, i learned a lot, my physical shape went upwards very much.

It was when i discovered hidden energy reserves in me (Qi), it was when i was able to go into lower than usual fighting position & fight for very long.

As one lowers fight position, one tires far more easily, but moves significiantly faster.

After this Summer Course i was able to handle that strain for a longer while - i did it and noticed significiant advantage over my opponents.

i was able to keep optimal distance, to approach at unexpected angles, to suprise opponents not used to fighting such opponent as well.

Optimal distance alone is enough to keep opponents beyond their comfort zones, where they are vulnerable to most efficient attacks, or / and unable to execute their best moves.

While strikes or other maneuvers are quite versatile, can be performed with legs / body movements, there are factors that make them more or less effective.

Beyond minimum distance, maneuvers are weak or impossible to perform;

Beyond maximum distance, maneuvers are impossible to perform;

In non-optimal conditions manevers are weaker - for example, when hip is held immobile - a punch is possible still, but can't use whole body's mass to gain full strength.

i think Strong & Well-Stretched Legs, and a Decent Body Balance are important of foundations of Martial Arts, these amount to quickness, strength, reliability & maneuverability.

When one can move legs well, one can quickly outmaneuver many opponents, facing them efficiently, to a certain degree even denying them strength of numbers.

A Tantojutsu Step Forward.




About.

Practiced for a while footwork for Tantojutsu, a step forward this time.

i am right-handed, so knife should be kept in right hand before left hand, and right foot should be positioned forward of left foot.

It differs from Karate Kyokushinkai footwork in that:
- Body's weight center is not lowered so much as in Karate Kyokushinkai's Combat Position,
- Movement is 'flatter', closer to floor, there's no 'jump on metatarsus',
- Movement starts with raising left foot's heel to get initial velocity forward, then right foot moves forward close to ground, then left foot 'catches up' & moves to a position.


Other thoughts.

i think that back should be straight, body's weight center should be kept in center for balance,

i think that 'a lunge' into Kyokushinkai Karate's Zenkutsu-Dachi position can have similar dynamics, this can be useful movement for closing distance quickly.

i think this movement is faster than Karate Kyokushinkai's, but doesn't have kick-readiness. Kicking requires standing on metatarsus.

i should still practice this step, to have proper movement & habits developed - for now i don't have these. For now at least i did understand it better. Moves should be perfected to the point of being able to do them without focusing too much on details, single steps or the series of the same or differing maneuvers, in isolation or in combinations with other maneuvers. Apex of Perfection is when Body & Mind are conditioned enough to react automatically, strongly & without any delay or hesistation to Mantras spoken in Mind, when a Martial Artist focuses on Awareness, Mindfulness, Focus & Speaking Mantras in Mind or Aloud, for example - as battle shouts.

i think one should not underestimate footwork advantage in martial arts, at any rate.


See also if You wish: Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Down to Earth.

On today's psychotherapy course, i did learn that one can find 'here & now', firm grounding, be more attached with Reality via body, movements & exercises.

i wish my Martial Arts to affect me that way, to be Solid Foundation of my life.

How this can be achieved?

i think intent & attitude are most important, one should keep these in Mind's Awareness, one should be Mindful - not only during Training or Fights.

i've also decided to follow Bruce Lee's example, to focus on simple moves mostly, but also to use the perfectly mastered more complex maneuvers as Chuck Norris advised Bruce Lee as well.

Moving head & thinking allows one to avoid attacks aimed at head, to not be knocked unconscious, to not lose focus, to not risk injury so much.

Eating less, training belly is also practical, pragmatic, down-to-earth & good style. Tensing belly muscles allow one to withstand attacks at stomach as well.

Kyokushinkai Style of Karate means Extreme Truth, makes one Solid as Mountain.

Strong legs & perfect footworks are also great step into becoming a firm, hard & solid foundation both for oneself, as well as for others we care for.