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The Dojo #12 : Experience v.s. Technique

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There is a question that martial artists have pondered for ages:

Which is more important in determining one's fighting ability, good technique or combat experience?

My answer would be that both are equally important, and neither should be ignored. Both are only useful because they help create the other. 

Consider if you will a duel that places a samurai with many years of experience in combat (A), but poor technique, against a samurai with perfect dojo technique but very little time in actual battle (B).

(A) has no fear of combat, and thusly can call upon all of his technique in the heat of battle without worrying. He has very little technique to use in the first place, but he has what he has learned in previous battles. This actually gives him some technique, because it is nearly impossible to be in so many fights without learning something.

(B) has some fear of combat, and loses most of his technique when he goes into battle. However, he has some experience with using the blade from practicing it for so long, and will remember the basics when fighting. This actually means he has a little experience, at least compared to an untrained person.

The way I see it, both samurai are evenly matched. One's combat effectiveness (skill) is basically experience multiplied by knowledge. The most skilled warrior is one that has a huge amount of experience and a mastery of technique.

This is why your sensei will always best you, no matter how much younger and stronger you may be.

-The Greeneyedninja


It's Good to Be Back!

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (2)

For all of you loyal members that have been wondering why I seem to have been absent from the site:

Google Chrome is not compatible with Webs, so until I realized his I wasunable to leave comments or edit the site's content.

I'd like to explain more, but I've got work to do!

The Dojo # 11 - Perfect Taijutsu

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 4:16 AM Comments comments (1)

Every real martial artist strives for perfection. While perfection may or may not be obtainable, it is the goal. A "perfect" martial artist would meet 2 criteria.

1. Never get hit or hurt by thier opponent.

2. Always be able to attack thier opponent.

Conveniently, the two most important principles in ninjutsu, if mastered alone would turn one into the "perfect" martial artist.


1. Ichmonji no Kata

2. Yoko Aruki


The Ichimonji no Kamae ("figure-1 posture/attitude") is the foundational base of effective self defense. This single position-of-safety is both the defensive posture that affords the Ninja the best level of safety against incoming attacks from a determined and skilled opponent, and...

 

...the best position to launch powerful, full-body attacks to the exposed targets of his assailant's body.

 

And, the Ninja's Yoko Aruki ("sideways walking") method allows for quick, elusive, adaptive footwork that is very different from the conventional bouncing, boxer-like, method that most modern fighters believe to be "it." 

Because Ichimonji no Kata is already mentioned on this site, let me discuss Yoko Aruki

Usually depicted as being used to move past walls and narrow spaces, Yoko aruki is also the ninja's best friend in combat.  It allows body dynamics to not only keep you from being hit but to easily get behind your opponent or wherever your opponent is vulnerable.

Yoko aruki follows these two rules-

 

  • The lead foot is always pointed toward the opponent's center. This would be the spot that is directly between his feet.
  • the angle between the feet is 90 degrees, so that the way one foot is pointing is always perpendicular
To use yoko aruki, simply crosstep by having one foot quickly cross over the other, then reset the other foot. To switch your stance from left to right, step out with the rear foot and point it towards your opponent, thenset the other foot behind it at 90 degrees. Always maintain a reasonable distance between your feet so you don't get tripped up.

This takes some practice, but it will turn your taijutsu from sloppy to magical.

 

The Dojo # 10 - A Ninja Confession

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 10:44 PM Comments comments (5)

 

Just for the record, I am aware that the historical ninja did not practice one style called "Ninjutsu". Ninjutsu was the word that described methods for spying and covert warfare, not a specific martial art.


What we now call "Ninjutsu" is actually a combination of different styles of several clans who were also known to be involved with "ninja" activites. What most people don't know is that ninja were samurai who practiced covert warfare. Ninja is not the opposite of samurai. It's like how both Black Ops. and Marines are soldiers, but they have different ways of waging war. Some clans of samurai believed in being sneaky (or more accurately they HAD to be sneaky), while most did not.


Samurai practiced Jujutsu, or more accurately, koryu (old) Japanese Jujutsu. All of these "ninja" clans had different styles of koryu jujutsu that have now been combined into one system that is called "ninjutsu", because it has been combined together with the methods for covert warfare. So technically I should be calling the martial art I practice "Koryu Jujutsu", but that's more difficult to say and requires me to explain what it is every time I say it. So I call it ninjutsu.


However, what I practice is still "ninja" martial arts because all of these different clans were "ninja" clans, and it is different than other styles of Jujutsu, especially modern ones. So it's not the same thing as "Jujitsu" or "Brazillian Jiujitsu" which is a different thing entirely.


NEW: Book of Five Rings Page!

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Everyone,

The full Book of Five Rings is now posted on Green Eyed Stealth. Please visit the site and check out the new Book of Five Rings Page.

Acrobatics Page

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (0)

New Acrobatics Page coming soon to GreenEyedStealth. Hope you all enjoy.

The Dojo #9

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM Comments comments (0)

The 5 Most important ninjutsu techniques:

 


Technique #1: Evade your opponent.

 

The basis of Ninjutsu is counterattacking. Whenever possible, evading an opponent is always best. Fighting should always be the last option. If fighting cannot be avoided, allowing another to be the aggressor and you, in turn, providing the counter attack will give you the upper hand. Blocking, ducking, and backing up are all useful methods of evasion.

 


Technique #2: Strike your opponent’s weak points.

 

When evasion does not work, and you are forced to counter attack, it’s best to incapacitate your opponent as quickly as possible to ensure the least amount of damage will occur. Using a tight closed fist and making a powerful, well calculated strike to particular weak points can easily end the fight right then and there. The neck (throat area), solar plexus (the area between the base of the sternum bone and the navel), or the groin area are the major recommend areas to strike with as much power as you are able.

 


Technique #3: Control your opponent using joint locking.

 

Joint locking is the Ninjutsu technique that involves taking your opponent’s arm or leg joints and extending them to their maximum straightening capacity. By locking your opponent’s joints, you can control their movements by applying pressure which will in turn create a great amount of discomfort. Applying excessive pressure can cause extreme pain. And in extreme cases, when needed, a striking blow can easily break your opponent’s arm or leg.

 


Technique #4: Kick your opponent.

 

Kicking is one of many Ninjutsu techniques that not only provides for an excellent defense, but practicing can increase one’s flexibility and strength. The leg muscles when exercised properly can become very powerful weapons. A well thought out and strategically placed kick, can easily injure your opponent without putting yourself further in harm’s way. Kicking not only is affective because of contact strength, but also because it allows you to keep your distance from your attacker. Keeping your distance allows for greater allowance of implementing technique #1 and avoiding as much of a fight as possible.

 

 


Technique #5: Practice mental and spiritual health.

 

 

By learning the art of relaxation using breathing exercises, you can learn to rid yourself of stress and anxiety. Elevating your mental and spiritual strengths will give you the upper hand when a fight is in your future. Ridding your mind of stress, anxiety, and fear is half the battle. If your mind of void of those obstacles you will be able to further concentrate on using your body as a weapon.


The Dojo # 8

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 4:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Uke Gata- Blocking


Uke Gata is blocking an attack.


When the strike is launched, do a Tai Sabaki (body evasion) by stepping 45 degrees back and to the side with one foot and following with the body. During this Tai Sabaki, you make a circling movement with the forward arm and hand, and right before hitting the arm or leg of the opponent, you make a solid fist right before impact. This is extremely impotant in ninjutsu, since most techniques are taught as counter- attacks that follow this. You hit the arm at the wrist, or right below or above the elbow.

 


1) Jodan Uke: High block, make a down-side-up circle.

-Uchi: Hit the inside of the arm.

-Soto: Hit the outside of the arm.

 


2)Chudan Uke: Middle block, make a down-side-up spiral.

-Uchi: Hit the inside of the arm.

-Soto: Hit the outside of the arm.

 


3)Gedan Uke:Low block, make side-down-side crescent.

-Uchi: Hit the inside of the arm.

-Soto: Hit the outside of the arm.

 


After you block, it is always a good idea to then grab the arm or leg that you just blocked, since this can lead to jutaijutsu techniques or you can simply pull them into your counterattack for more damage.


The Dojo # 7

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 1:13 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm finally back, after a long time of being very busy. I'm going to work hard and do several Daily Dojos at once to (sort of) catch up.


Nagare: Flow


In ninjutsu, it is important to maintain a relaxed state of mind and always flow instead of doing things in steps. You can practice this with these exercises. 


1. Practice sanshin no kata.

Sanshin, the combination of the five elemental kata, is a good way to practice nagare. Try to perform each of the elemental kata without pausing.


2. Create your own kata.

Make up a kata as you go, imagining several opponents. Don't pause between techniques, simply blend them together in a natural way.


3. Spar

Sparring is one of the best ways to build your nagare. If you have a partner, try sparring in slow motion. This will help you see how various techniques can blend into each-other.

The Dojo #6

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (2)

This Dojo entry focuses on training.


There are some basic rules to follow when training for Ninjutsu, or in general.


1. Imagine a realistic situation.

 Your opponent will not always be moving in slow motion. Your opponent will not always fight fair. Your opponent will not want to be hit. Train accordingly.

Also, imagining a situation you might possibly encounter helps you be ready for one.


2. Train often.

Training won't do yo very much good if you don't devote yourself to keeping it up.


3. If you don't understand a technique, don't be afraid of it or give up. Keep going back to that technique until you get it right. You will eventually get it right, I promise. Many martial artists stunt their growth by only training the techniques they already know well. 


4. Train the basic things, because without a foundation, you have nothing to stand on. I like to train all my basics and then a few advanced techniques every training session.


5. Technique is important, but body is too.

Don't neglect those good old standbys like situps and pushups. They might be very un-fun, but a stronger body will actually directly improve your technique.


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