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I have decided to actually train physically again.
For a period of time I was concentrating on the inner growth more so than physical. I think I have lost power and speed. I have gained better technique and feel for my opponent, but I've lost the raw power and speed behind my training. I have one year to prepare for my next dan test. It's important to me. With our belt system you have to be able to beat a person of the rank you want to be. This can be competitive and physically challenging.
Ive started working on hand speed training, bag training, running, and weight lifting again. I will continue to develop my inner growth, but I am not going to lose sight on my physical strength and speed training, or I will end up like an old man. I want to be in the middle. Strong enough to fight a Tiger and smart enough to fight a Dragon.
So todays class went well. I actually taped the class for my instructor to see what Ive been doing.
We did our normal warm ups. Footwork, Ukemi Waza, disengagements, and punches and kicks.
Afterward we did a coupld combos, Seven Swords technique from Kenpo, first five throws, Kote Gaeshi, Yonkyo Nage, Sankyo Nage and ground fighting.
Everything went really well. Afterward I pushed stop and it said "Tape End". I thought, "Oh no!"
I rewind a little bit and then push play and it has the end of the punches and then "whammy" it cuts off.
Looks like Ill have to tape next class but only tape the meat of the lesson. I forgot those tapes only have a 30 minute range. 30 minutes isn't much of a two hour class. HAHAHA
Oh well, so he'll have to wait a bit longer for a tape.
* On another note. Baylen is doing very well. He's very close to yellow belt. He says he wants to test, but doesnt want the certificate... There's no reason though to test him unless he wants the whole "shabam".
I think Ill test him once Im a part of the PCMA. This way the promotion fee isnt much. Just a belt price and a small fee for the certificate.
Now, once he hits green belt level, he has to test and pay the fees. I want to get those nice certificates from Eri Takase. They are very costly though. So he will have to pay for that one.
Yes my students are given two certificates and awarded two belts. One in Shin Shin Jujitsu and one in Take Ryu Shin Shin Jujitsu. What's th
Finally I have been invited to the PCMA by Larry Brooks.
About a year ago I inquired about the PCMA. I ended up sticking with another organization.
I e-mailed the PCMA the other day and Master Larry Brooks e-mailed me back and told me what I needed to do to become a charter school under the PCMA.
This is great. It means I dont have to start my own organization. It means I can look forward to yearly clinics, it means I have the support of the Masters of my art, it means I will be a student of these Masters and try to improve my skills even further.
I will stay with AARKJ because my instructor Master Chris Mitter has shown me so many things in life and in the arts. I will always truly be his in Budo. I will continue to grow from him as well. He has just been so busy lately with television shootings (for martial arts), learning from Master Jay in SSJ, and teaching his own classes. I understand how busy he must be.
I look forward though to what will become of the future. I look forward to seeing what the PCMA can offer me as far as instruction. These guys have been around for much longer than I could imagine. I cant wait to learn some things from them.
Anyways, I have a class tomorrow morning. I am going to go over Kote Gaeshi and Yonkyo. This will be nothing new to them, but it will be great practice.
I think they have made it to the point where they know a lot of techniques. Now they just have to learn transitional flow and how to take balance away from s
Todays class went well. We did the normal on everything and the grand technique today was Juji Nage. We did Juji Nage from a rear choke, two hands on one hand, and a double wrist grab. We then covered Yonkyo and did this from several options as well.
I also discussed my ideas with Baylen today about making an organization. I have a name, a patch, and the basic premis of what I want the organization to add to the martial community. I have many ideas to make a martial organization work. The main reason Ive been contemplating this is because I see many martial artists that have no home, no real way of getting prmoted past a certain level because they have continued teaching while their Sensei has retired or died. Becoming a part of an organization would make sure that the students you have can thrive for their entire career.
With Aikido you have your Ki Society, AKIKAI etc etc. With Jujitsu we have a bunch of organizations that want to charge an arm and a leg and want you to fly here or there to test for your belt. Well to be honest, that's a pain in the butt. I know I have the skill, and I honestly cant afford to fly everywhere to get under a group that will more than likely not support me anyways (at least not the way I want to be supported).
So instead of getting under some hokey org, I think I may just run with my own and actually support those under it so they can do well with support.
What kind of support? Promotions, rank certificates for your students, chart
I thought about the many ways that Shiho Nage can be applied and decided that we would work on Shiho Nage.
At first I showed them from a double handshake turning into Shiho Nage and throwing.
From there we went from a wrist grab then making the same movements of Shiho Nage.
Then we went from a push to Shiho Nage.
Then a lapel grab to Shiho Nage.
Then we did the throw like I was taught Kote Gaeshi in Aikido.
You circle or tenkan around guiding the wrist and then when you turn back into it, you guide the hand upwards and Shiho Nage can be done.
It took pretty much the entire class to do the different versions of the throw.
I noticed that, for me personally, on my left side on this throw I felt a little awkward. I havent felt that in years, but I did with this throw. I decided that I will practice this throw to the left over and over and over until they are equal in comfort. I forgot what it felt like to feel uncomfortable and I hate it. I feel as if instructors should be perfect, but if this were possible, we'd be called by another name.
I am a manager in retail, anyways, Im working in my store a couple nights ago and I am singing this song. I guess the song sounded similar to "ariba ariba andoley, andoley".
Anyways, I am singing and all of a sudden some guy out of nowhere comes up to me throws his hand cart down and says, "Say it again mother fucker and see what happens!"
I wasnt sure if he was talking to me, so I look both ways, and stand up, "Excuse me?"
He says, "Say it again, and see what happens!"
I respond, "Are you talking about the song Im singing?" At this time I notice this potent smell emitting from his person that smells of a strong alcoholic beverage.
He says, "Dont play stupid with me. You offended every hispanic in here."
I respond, "My son is half hispanic, and if I offended you, I apologize, but I was singing a song."
He states, "I said, say it again mother fucker."
Then he moves his right hand slowly as if about to swing. I slowly move in position and give him one small target of my face. I do this so that if he swings, I know exactly where it's going to go and I can respond and subdue this drunk idiot. Then I figure this isn't worth the effort of breath.
I say, "You know I'm tired of the accusation and I'm not going to put up with this, so I'm going to have to ask you to leave my store."
He says sarcastically, "Oh this is your store?"
I pull on my name tag and then look at his face trying to put the letters M A N A G E R together.
This last week has been fast paced for me. SO fast paced that I haven't had time to even write in the journal.
We had class on Sunday. It was a great class. I taught them Kote Gaeshi, and I started them in the "real fighting" training.
I have been trying to find a way to make these techniques effective and I am growing with each class. I see things differently and how I can make them totally effective in combat. I guess the way I teach is "martial" more so than "art". I feel most teachers bring on a sense of security to their students, but forget about the martial concept.
I have started training my students in "my" way. I can only say that because I have yet to find an instructor that teaches like me.
I separate elements and bring them together.
The basics are the techniques. We have the many, many tehcniques to teach. This is the first portion.
Now we have to teach our students have to use those tehcniques against a fighting opponent. Not necessarily sparring, but against an opponent that is defending and also going to be offensive. What I do is I have my students compete. For ground fighting I may have them compete for position, then start over, and go again, and again, and again. I will teach them how to get into the position, how to get out of the position, and how to defend themselves so the person can not get into the position. Then I have them practice, then compete to see what they can do. This is the first portion.
Todays class was phenomenal. I went over all the series techniques, some disengagements from wrist grabs, and ground fighting.
While ground fighting, I noticed that it was easy to get him in the Guillotine. I then taught him how to get out of it. We went over the standing guillotine and the grappling version.
In all honestly it was the first time I have done the technique. I was grappling with someone last week and he got me in the move and I didn't have a clue how to get out. I looked it up on the internet and found how to get out of it. We practiced the technique and then went back to grappling.
It was fun. I realized that I need to teach him more ground fighting so that he can become calm on the ground. He tried really hard, which is a great trait, however, skill will be the victor over strength and agility any day on the ground.
So our next class will be specifically ground fighting and how to do moves, and reverse them.
The reason I titled this as "Padawan" was because I have made conotations that this student was created from "miticlorines". He learns so fast. I brought some people in today just to see how quickly he learns.
I taught him Yonkyo today and it was his first time learning this technique. After I taught him the basic move and taught him the pressure point that goes along with the move. He instantly got it, and was able to create so much pain that I went to the ground with ease.
After teaching him, I let him try it on someone that wa