2010 – summary

03May10 – Richmond Park – Kukishin Ryu Sabaki Gata

Great weather for training outdoors on the Bank Holiday Monday – hidden a little away from the beaten track under some trees with accompanying leaf litter and bits of tree to use as impromptu weapons.

We went through the 12 techniques of the Sabaki Gata from Kukishin Ryu Dakentaijutsu.  Working through the various steps of each technique allows you to appreciate the angling (sabaki) in tori’s movement that helps to dictate uke’s next attack leading to the ‘technique’ at the end of the form.  Just doing the end part of the form is quite different, as uke has not been moved around and shaken up to weaken the successive attacks.

The 12 forms in the order we practiced were:

荒駒Arakoma – wild horse
鹿足Kasoku – deer leg
竹声Chikusei – bamboo voice
夢枕YumeMakura – dream pillow
裾捌SusoSabaki – dealing with the cuff
磯返IsoGaeshi – beach return
風払KazeHarai – wind sweep
車捕KurumaDori – wheel capture
鬼門Kimon – demon gate
裏鬼門UraKimon – reverse demon gate
浮藻Ukimo – floating seaweed
乱風Ranfū – confusing wind

We also looked at a few variations/applications of the technique at the end of the form and the addition of a small weapon.

Hope everyone learnt some new things and had some flashes of inspiration.  I hope we can organise another one of these afternoons with accompanying good weather.

22May10 – Leeds – Koto Ryu Shoden Gata & Hekito Gata

Koto Ryu Training Session

Saturday May 22nd
10am – 2pm
Leeds Bujinkan Dojo – Headingley Youth Centre, St Michael’s Road, Leeds LS6 3AW

Looking at the basis of Koto Ryu, waza from the different levels and incorporating weapons – sword, kunai, teppan etc.


30May10 – Richmond Park – Gyokko & Togakure

Great weather for it.

Thanks to Chris for bringing along more metsubishi for a bit of fun at the end.

We covered:

Gyokko Ryu Ge Ryaku no Maki – the mutodori techniques.
Shunū – falcon hero
Shunsoku – falcon limb
Ichigeki – single strike
Kaisoku – vanguard limb
Kōryaku – scoop with both hands and sweep over
Iaifū – desire to finish the battle
Chingan – sinking wind goose
Fū – wind bowl

Togakure Ryū Santo Tonkō no Kata – the ninja escape forms, adding in shuko and metsubishi
Kata Ude Tonsō Gata – one side arm escape form
Sayu Tonsō Gata – left-right escape form
Kubisugi Tonsō Gata – nape of the neck escape form
Atekomi Tonsō Gata – strike in and escape form
Kote Uchi Tonsō Gata – hand strike escape form
Migi Uchi Tonsō Gata – right strike escape form
Sayu Kumogakure Gata – left-right cloud-hiding form

11Apr10 – Long Eaton – Kukishin Ryu Dakentaijutsu

For those who attended we covered Kukishin Ryu Dakentaijutsu

1 – the 5 kamae
Hira – flat
Hira Ichimonji – flat line
Seigan – true eye
Katate Hicho – one-hand flying bird
Kosei – aggressive

2 – blocking strikes exposed parts of arms and legs, receiving techniques to the arms

3 – Shoden Gata techinques:
Seion – living sound
Uyoku – raven wing
Yume Otoshi – dream felling
Suiyoku – water wing
Suisha – water wheel
Kubiwa – necklace
Hōsetsu – destroying snow
Iso Arashi – storm hitting beach
Yanagi Ore – willow break
Fubuki – snow storm
Kataho – one-side sail
Tatsumaki – tornado

4 – Chuden Gata techniques:
Punching and kicking attacks:
Uranami – inlet waves
Tenchi – heaven-earth
Katanami – direction wave
Kasumi Gake – mist capture
From grab and punch:
Yama Arashi – mountain storm
Yanagi Kaze – willow wind
Tatsunami – dragon wave
Tora O (Kō) – tiger tail
Jūgan (Kasane Iwa) – heavy rock
Shihō Dori – four-direction capture

With these techniques you often see a pair or series of three techniques that are similar – either as a similar attack and defence (eg. Iso Arashi, Yanagi Ore and Fubuki) or as an ura and omote (eg. Uranami and Tenchi).
Also within an individual technique there are basic variations as in Yanagi Kaze or Hosetsu where you can move in clockwise or the reverse to apply ‘the technique’

06Jun10 – Long Eaton – Koto Ryu

Koto Ryu Koppojutsu – looking at the unarmed techniques from the three levels of koto ryu.

Sunday 6th June
12pm – 4pm
Long Eaton Judo Club – Cross Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 1HD

01Aug10 – Long Eaton – Shinden Fudō Ryū Shizen Shigoku

Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu

Thanks to all those who attended to make this a great training afternoon.

My purpose in these extended training sessions is to ensure people training in the bujinkan have a good understanding of the basic techniques from the main schools we practice.  As part of this I am focusing on the techniques themselves and avoiding henka and deviation.  Some of the techniques are included in the Jin Ryaku level of the Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki, but all rely on thorough practice of the kihon of the bujinkan – the fundamental skills as well as the Kihon Happo and Sanshin no Kata.

For this training session we went through the Shizen Shigoku no Kata of the Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu.  There are 12 techniques in this level, each of which have a number of ura waza, or official variations.  We studied these in the order listed below:

自然至極之型 Shizen Shigoku no Kata
– extreme nature – naturally arriving at a conclusion, reaching the end

体流    Tai Nagashi – body flow – 2 Ura Waza
拳流    Kobushi Nagashi – fist flow- 2 Ura Waza
不抜    Fubatsu – untouchable – 2 Ura Waza
両手掛 Ryote Gake – both-hand suspension- 2 Ura Waza
鈴落    Suzu Otoshi – bell drop – 2 Ura Waza
鵲       Kasasagi – magpie – 1 Ura Waza
霞落    Kasumi Otoshi – mist drop – 2 Ura Waza
狼倒    Rōtō – wolf topple – 2 Ura Waza
不動    Fudō – immovable – 2 Ura Waza
鶉刈    Ugari – quail clip- 2 Ura Waza
不諱    Fukan – no posthumous name- 2 Ura Waza
自然    Shizen – natural- 2 Ura Waza

31Oct10 – Yoroi Kumiuchi – Shinden Fudō Ryū – Long Eaton Dojo

神傳不動流 鎧組討

We worked through the Ten no Kata of Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu. Practicing the waza in the order they are presented along with both ura gata, then applications whilst wearing body armour and weapons. The principle and necessity of ikken hassō was explored in the execution of each of these forms.

The Ten no Kata practiced is as follows:

Nichi Geki – Gekkan – Fubi – Uryū – Unjaku/Hibari – Setsuyaku – Musan – Karai

19Dec10 – Jason Godwin – Japan training session

Many thanks to Jason for taking time out of his family trip to the UK for Christmas and sharing part of his vast wealth of knowledge from training in Japan over the last 13 years.

Also thanks to those that were able to brave the weather to support this training event in Long Eaton and also in Leeds on Saturday.

Jason took us though various taijutsu movements emphasising the need to utilize our own body’s sensitivity to adjust to uke’s movements and reactions (or half reactions) whilst not giving uke signals of our own intentions. Also using the idea of chūto hanpa – not aiming for a specific result, not doing henka for the sake of it, but adjusting naturally and appropriately.

He explained a little about his own training in Japan and current focus on his own development.  Jason gave us some further insights in what to look for in Soke’s movement, how to try and catch those tiny manipulations/attacks that leave the uke in pain and flying through the air in what seems an effortless way.

We finished off the afternoon with some kenjutsu and by special request a quick demonstration of kihon happo – ichimonji, hichō and jūmonji – in preparation for 2011 with a few pointers and ideas to work on.

Many thanks Jason from Andy and myself, and we hope to catch up again soon.

Jason Godwin is a friend of mine from my time living, working and training in Japan.  He has kindly agreed to share some of his experiences of training in Japan at this Sunday session.

Jason started Bujinkan training in 1991 in Portsmouth, before moving to live in Japan in 1997.   Jason has lived in Japan for 13 years now and is a long time regular student of Soke Hatsumi and Nagato Sensei, being awarded 14th Dan by Soke earlier this year.  He also has experience in kendo and has been graded in Judo at the Tokyo Kodokan.


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