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This is whats going to be behind the scenes across four disciplines that Budokan teaches and pracitces today.
In essence this is what Budokan does.
And it is here, in the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa that Doshu is seen with Shihan Derrick Wridgway practising Zazen or seated meditation in the mid-1960's in freezing cold water.
Doshu was the first leader of a major Traditional Japanese Budo Organisation outside of Japan, to make the learning and practice of the Classical Virtues of Bushido - an integral plank of his beliefs and teachings.
And that is why ZAZEN continues to be pracrised to this day and has become the cement that binds all of our Budo Disciplines together.
Here you will find Podcasts on
CONSCIOUS OR RHYTHMICAL BREATHING
HOW TO DO SIMPLE MEDITATION
SHIKANTAZA - THE ART OF SEATED MEDITATION
Articles on the influence of Zen in Japanese Budo and Bushido
And a suggested reading list on all these and associated subjests concerning the underlying philosophy of Budokan.
Here you can also begin to learn about
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha and his Eighthfold Path and how to reconcile this with the current science of Evolutionary Biology and Psychology, reconcilling the reality of the world as we percieve it and how we actually experience it.
All to be found in Podcasts and articles available here.
Live Skype sessions will also become available.
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF KARATE
The correct way to literally glide from stance to stance and how they evolved to suit a constantly changing environment.
The easiest way to get the best out of total co-ordination of the simple punch.
The stunning variety of strikes available to us. Some with the lightening ability to stun - others with the pulverising consequence of stopping someone in their tracks.
When to block and when not to block. The slower and powerful blocks of last resort. The much faster deflections.
And the kicks. Beautiful in Kata and devastating in Kumite, if chosen carefully.
Breathtakingly awesome to behold and beautiful to watch our Kata retain the same mix of speed, momentary stillness and immense power.
The basic, the intermediate and the advanced Kata are all part of our rich heritage.
And they are to found here in every possible way to make the learning and study of them avalable in an instant - 24/7 x 365 - whenever you have the time.
Every single Karate Kata.
In Words - Text and Audio in English and Japanese - for the correct pronounciation.
In Pictures showing each move from the beginning to end of each Kata.
In Video - Teaching Style anad also in Slow Motion plus Audio - so everyone can follow the moves, sequences and timing to bring about a totally satisfactory learning aid that can be used time and time again.
The early training in Kata and Kihon enable us to learn to control our movements, strikes and punches.
And eventually, our kicks.
And then, along comes Kumite - Ippon, Ippon Jyu and Jyu Kumite - the Free Sparring that has come to epitomise much of what our Karate is - Exciting, Fun, Explosive, Competitive and Controlled.
In much the same way that Shinto doctrines came to pacify the Samurai - Kata helped to tone down the draw of Kumite and both live side by side in harmony - a perfect Japanese solution.
TRAINING TAKES PLACE IN THE DOJO.
LEARNING AND THE STUDY TAKE PLACE ONLINE.
The three gentleman at the centre of this picture who helped to establish and shape the future of Budokan .
They are: fifth from the left - the Founder of Budokan Richard Salmon - flanked by Ray Ryan on his right and Derrick Wridgway on his left.
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF AIKIDO
These are the building blocks of Aikido.
You will be able to click on any of the links below to explore and learn the elements prepared for you.
In words - Text and Audio - in still pictures taking you through every move and in Video - teaching to Camera.
KAMAE AND TAI SABAKI - BODY MOVEMENT
UKEMI - AS PURE ACTION TO COUNTER TECHNIQUES
KEIKO - TYPES OF PRACTICE
NAGE WAZA - THROWING TECHNIQUES OR PROJECTIONS
KATAME WAZA - TECHNIQUES OF IMMOBILISATION
KOGEKI HO - THE ATTACKS.
JO - WOODEN STAFF
BOKKEN - WOODEN SWORD
KOKYUNAGE - USING YOUR BREATHING AS PURE ACTION
Aikido has a vast range of movements and applications once the basics have been matered, limited only by your imagination.
Everything depends on the mind. - R H Blyth
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF IAIDO
There are five basic elements.
1 How to hold the sword
2 Nukitsuke - the art drawing and cutting of the sword at the same time
3 Kirioroshi - the art of cutting downward with the sword
4 Chiburi - the art of ‘shaking the blood’ from the sword
5 Noto - the art of putting the sword away in the scabbard
It is only through constant repetition, that these ancient techniques can be painstakingly learned, practised and honed in order to begin to master them and then humbly perform them as Embu when they are ready to be perfomed.
Patience is indeed a virtue and only years of hard work will reap rewards.
The degree of perfection required in the performance of Iaido kata is unique to it and requires huge resources of mental energy and the awareness of a battlefield mentality is essential, in order to convey the reality of their origins.
This is the way these kata are taught, practised and performed within Budokan, out of respect for the traditions of Japanese Budo and in the spirit of the Samurai and the Masters who created the forms we in Budokan all practise today.