Budo and the Will to Win

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                                           Budo and THE WILL TO WIN

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Kata like Battle - How to make the function of Kata work in regards to real Battle
                 Maewashi-Gerri - What's the real application ~ body angle and recoil points
                                 Motivation to train 
                                                Secrets Methods to build your Dojo from the outside that really work


 Kata like Battle

Over the years, I have had the privilege to experience both traditional styles of Martial Arts and the American Styles of Martial Arts (those basterized to appear)
real.  Of all the styles I experience, hence, the one I'm engaged in now, I never felt Kata was important as it didn't offer me the the charge I sought in order to fight well.
So I was taught to know the sequence and push forward to master the strike/blocks/kicks/throws and other traditional aspects of the particular style I was active in.  I attempted to
master each move, to fill the requirements of the style and the demands of the teacher, but never looked at the form "Kata" as though it was no more than a pre-arranged series
of moves with the significance of only technique.  

Wikipedia insert explains Kata 

Origin ~

Kata originated from the practice of paired attack and defence drills by ancient Chinese martial artists. However, as the numbers of attacks and defences being practised increased the difficulty of remembering all of the drills also increased. An additional problem with the drills was the requirement for a partner to be present for all practice. Kata/forms were created as solo forms containing the concatenated sequences of movements of the defensive portions of the drills. The initial forms being simply strings of movements, sets of rules were created to allow the creation of kata which could fit comfortably within training spaces.

Symbolism of 108 in kata ~ Example

The number 108 has mythological significance in Dharmic religions. This number also figures prominently in the symbolism associated with Karate, particularly the Goju-ryū discipline. The ultimate Gōjū-ryū kata, Suparinpei, literally translates to 108. Suparinpei is the Chinesepronunciation of the number 108, while gojushi of Gojūshiho is the Japanese pronunciation of the number 54. The other Gōjū-ryū kata, Sanseru(meaning "36") and Seipai ("18") are factors of the number 108.

Other Buddhist symbols within Karate include the term karate itself, the character kara can also be read as ku, which originates from sunya, positioning at the beginning of kata resembles the hand position of zazen, and custom of the bow upon entering and leaving the dojo and meeting the sensei, as is done in Buddhist temples and Zen dojo.

The physical was prevalant as were the graceful execution of razor style moves that employed dynamic style and presence.  However, It was never more than that to me.  A demonstration, and no more.
Then fast forward.  One day I was executing Kata, and I decided to drive forward with all the speed and focus I could gather. Once completed, I was exhausted, and then I attempted to do
it again, with even more drive.  I collapsted.  I attempted to do it again, to failure, and found my mind focused like never before.  It was like a second wind, or a re-awakening.  What came out of the burst and exhaustion was a type of enlightenment where I lost my conscience mind.  The moves now made a different feel, and each surgical strike was performed
as though I was fully engaged in a brutal battle.  It just became REAL!!! From that time on, I continued to practice each and every single blow as though my life depended on it effectiveness.  So, in 
simple terms, it was as though a bolt of lightening landed next to me, and each time I performed it was from the position of actual battle.  

"In order to know the mind, one must first know the weapon".  Once you know the weapon, it's effectiveness, and the tempering of each movement, one then can become "Mind and Technique (Kata)
as ONE". 
In closing, I believe the best method as written above, where you really become the battle and the Kata, is to push to exhaustion.  It is there, in that moment, you find the deepest reality of yourself.

                 Quote; "Ego is an anethesia that deadens the pain of stupidity"....

                                     Will the Ego assist you or choke you from learning 


 Maewashi-Gerri ~ The conditioning and the best stretch to facilitate a great Kicking Weapon

                       Three points:  Development ~ Conditioning ~ and Targeting
Development:  In the development phase, it's crucial that proper hip stretching be executed.  Many times I've taught beginners of the Mae-Washi Gerri who become overly frustrated because
of the Hip Resistance to properly ~ cock the leg/ unload the kick / and re-coil, allowing the one and all proper placement.  The round house kick varies from style to style in delivery, however, the end
result is still very similar.  A key component is the foot position.  The striking points on the foot range from the end of the large toe, to instep ~ top of the foot with the ankle straight and the ball of 
the foot with the ankle cocked upward, so that the striking area, or ball of the foot, is exposed properly.  In addition, the other key striking area is the range of the shin.  The shin, when hardened 
through 'Shin Toughening', is a dynamic force.  This conditioned area can not only be used for impact and damage, but also for blocking.  Please note, that in each case, proper toughening is required
to eliminate any injury. 
I use the sand bag for the shin and instep, and the Makiwara striking post for the ball of the foot.  Over time, the shins become more hardened than the instep, as the instep has numerous bones, where
the shin is mainly one.  The enclosed Videos give you some idea on the execution and conditioning required for best development.

Maewashi Video - Coming Soon -via LIVE and post training video


Motivation to Train:

 We could discuss motivation in great detail, however, everyone has their own mental picture of what they want to become, not who.  We also know that the most difficult part of training is 
essentially two parts; 1. Getting started and 2. Dealing with Pain.  If (1.) you attempt to grasp too much in the deliberation of preparation, it can be overload.  So, I focus on starting with deep
breathing, in order to activate my body fluids and push the mind away from other thoughts, while focusing on light-medium- or hard Sanchin breathing.  Once this is done, you're ready for the
the next level ~ TRAINING!!! The body is now in tune.  It is imperative you follow a plan in your training, as it's impossible to work on everything in one setting.  Break your training regiment into?
a number of levels;

1.  Attacking and/or striking techniqes: Work both individual strikes with stationary or movenments for distancing and timing.  Find a number, say 200++ and beyond to execute and develop
form / power / and speed.  
2.  Blocking:  Practice the blocks (uke) and then in the same or another setting, add simple or radical movements.  Sometimes, it's best to integrate slight of hand and subtle moves, and then combine
them with heavy dodging and unpredictable execution.  If you cant' get hit, you can ultimately wear your opponent (aite) down and choose when and how you wish to destroy him.
3.  Counter-attacking:  Practice counter striking after blocks in the mirror and with a partner.  As you do this, be sure to use multiple blocks against the same attack, which allow you to vary your
defensive counters.  Timing and hardening of the arms and shins are paramount, where decisive toughening allows you to use blocks not only to defend with, but also to destroy the opponents (aite's) 
punching or kicking techniques.  Simply, use your blocking as attacking.  
4.  Movement:  The Heiho (strategy) of battle.  Movement not only allows one to amplify the effectiveness of a strike or a kick, it allows one to strategically gain position, which 
places you in command.  Without movement, strategy and execution of technique, is like swimming on dry land.

Pain and dealing with Pain, is another discussion for another time.
The enclosed URL Video is a great example of motivation at it's very heart.  Watch, meditate, and re-watch it again.  


Building the Dojo/Dojang/Studio from the outside in~ These are the KEYS to Winning!!!! 

We all know the sad story;  Memberships are down, students are not staying with the training, everyone has excuses, and the list goes on and on.  Unfortunately, there are three major
issues here.  One, is the teachers energy is not motivating the students and holding them in check, with a clear picture of values and engagement with technique and challenges
while boosting vision and interest levels, or Two, the curriculum is stale and lacks creativity based on the student (client) which defines direction and results, or
Three, new potential members are not coming through the door and joining your system/style.  
The first two points are very detailed to explain, as a foundation for becoming a teacher (leader) covers a huge level of knowledge and Edu. in the leadership skill sets.  And, the curriculum, designed
for times past, is not keeping up with the present or being re-designed for adaptation to our existing culture.  We'll discuss all this later.

However, my thrust is to define the correct method in Pr and Marketing your particular style/system, and more over to Pr yourself as a diplomat of your cause and push toward success.
Marketing by personal contact - outside of the Dojo/Dojang.  Here's several keys that build and foster great success;
NOTE: I am going to target a few key points and in a future email, or based on your questions to these points, answer them in the next Newsletter in detail.

1.  The Pr Connection ~ This key is the most important aspect of building new relationships by reaching out, and organizing (listing) them in order according to interest levels. Then, to follow up as you prepare for initial Dojo enrollments.  
Contacts found daily and connecting;  Everyone you meet during the course of a day, is a potential student of yours.  The waiter/waitress/cook/host/bus boy/ owner of a restarant is a potential.  Your response, in appreciation to your meal is to make sure, each one as mentioned receives your Dojo Business Card/Guest pass in appreciation. 

2.  Follow-up and Closing
Obtaining critical information on the contact (target) and how to know the right amount of effort, verses, simply wasting time is another key to success in PR.  When you offer something, look for a response that indicates positive interest or negative emotion.  Why waste your time on someone who really doesn't care.  The next step is to obtain personal information.  There are some other elements that make things work in your favor, however, let me explain one. 
Be sure to obtain the potential client/students CELL number.  This way, you can check back and follow up on the Cell for a free lesson and workout.  How this is executed is extremely crucial, as most new-comers are fearful of Karate and/or reluctant to attend a class.  This method is one you need to discuss with me.  The Do's and Don'ts of setting the stage for a work-out.  It's always good to seek other information regarding job/ profession/ and whether he's had training etc. 
This information is key to locking in an appointment for a 'visit' of an established Dojo or a new one preparing to Open.  Remember, you are the representative, the ambassador of an organization and a system of traditional ethics and principles.  Carry yourself in the most professional way.    

3.  Partnering
Find someone in like, who wants to invest, join, learn, and/or be a part of the business (Dojo) equation.  Someone who has both your interests at stake.  A great partner is one who has a dream that parallels your vision.  Whether you plan a full - time Dojo/Dojang or a part-time studio-fitness center, planning stages that consider every aspect towards success are time sensitive and all aimed at the professional operation of your establishment. 

4.  Setting the stage and more
Location - location - location.  When searching for a location to open your new studio, ask yourself, 'what would draw potential students to your doors?'  High traffic - East/West facing, where the sun sets on the front doors and windows creates feng-shui (emotion) plus positive energy (Ki). 
 Feng shui (pronounced [fə́ŋ.ʂwèi] (About this sound listen)), also known as geomancy, is a pseudoscience originating from China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Classic of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary: Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. 'Wikipedia' 
Setting the stage for the interior of the Dojo is a whole other method that creates a natural feeling of the culture and system one is qualified for.  

You are the means to the end... Your Ki - energy and vision is what fuels you to battle and supports you through the difficult times and hardships.  Taking the lead is not easy and handed to you on a silver platter.  Each drop of sweat leads you toward the mountain and eventually the summit.  As a represantation of the 'Real Deal' ~ Reality Karate/Budo - 'The Heart and Authenticity is your Common Thread'.  



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