Martial Philosophy – Continuity

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Martial Philosophy – Continuity

Martial Philosophy - Continuity

The last great Soke of Tenshin Koryu, Ueno Takashi, had a very interesting way of explaining his style. When people asked him what he practiced he referred to it as, “Tenshin Flow.”
In this concept Takashi explains the importance of continuity of movement. Movement that is uninterrupted or unhindered.
Whether you throw a ...
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Martial Arts Philosophy

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Martial Arts Philosophy

Testing (our mettle)

Martial Arts Philosophy

 

Mettle – what a great word. It is defined as “a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.” In a nutshell, this is Bushin Ryu testing.

In many dojos, testing is really just a formality – a perfunctory recapping of a certain set of forms. Some ...

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Failure

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Teaching Our Kids to Fail Well

Failure

We need to respond to the popular saying, “Failure is not an option” with the truth, “Failure is the only option!”  I don’t mean total and utter failure but rather daily small failures are what make up most of life for anyone who is growing and thriving.  I know it sounds crazy but it’s true.  When ...
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Shugyo

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Shugyō

Shugyo

 By Deshi Mario Matus Villa

As the new year started, like most people, I wondered what this coming year will bring.  I imagine all the things that I would like to do.  I also think about all the things I would like to become.  In the end, I think about all the things that I need to do ...

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Absolute Integrity

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Absolute Integrity

Integrity

 

It is amazing how the lessons Sensei teaches us in the adult classes are not only helpful for me but they are also very helpful for the students in the children’s classes here at the Budo Shingikan School of Martial Arts, and for my own children!  Sensei has begun to teach us about how to be a good leader and his first point is that a true ...

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Zanshin

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Zanshin


Martial Arts Mesa Hiji Gatame

Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu and Zanshin

 

Zanshin appears to be a term unique to the Japanese language and as unique as important within Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu. Taken literally it means, “Remaining Spirit”.

It is usually explained as leaving your spirit or intent focused on your opponent. The easiest way to conceptualize it is to use the term, “Warrior Spirit” or “Combat Spirit”. It ...

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How to Praise your Child and Young Martial Artist

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Praise that works vs. Praise that Hurts

How To Praise Your Child

 

In a previous Facebook post, I wrote about a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. If you’re not a member of our closed Facebook group you may request to join here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidsmartialartsmesa/ There is a lot of FREE and useful information there to help parents like you. Now back to our subject 🙂

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Studying Japanese

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Studying Japanese

Studying Japanese

“Japanese is so hard!” I hear this comment quite often around the dojo. Indeed, Japanese is considered one of the more difficult languages for native speakers of English to learn. Fortunately, you are not being asked to become a fluent speaker!

Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu is a VERY Japanese martial system. We study the skills of the samurai and ninja, who ...

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A Lesson on Blending – To Blend with Victory

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To Blend with Victory

Blending

Takashi Soke said, “To soak in with my opponent, to become one, that is the way to victory. When the energy from my opponent and my own, join, when they become one, struggle has ended.”

 

One must think beyond the simple way of winning and losing. True victory is much higher than simply winning. How does one even define ...

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