Category: Aikido

Bokken Tori Shomenuchi Kokkyunage

This is an aikido technique that has its roots in jujutsu.  Aikido comes from a synthisis of many different styles of jutsu, both armed and unarmed.  As a result, you will find some form of weapons training and familiarization in most aikido dojo.

Just like any instance of combat with an armed opponent, these sword techniques would never be easy to execute on the battlefield.  The samurai were still taught these skills to give them a small chance of success should they lose their weapon, or some other factor were to present itself to allow them that fighting chance.

In reality, however, the chances for success in a situation like this would have been very slim, but not altogether impossible.

Still, in aikido, we practice, train, and study these movements on both sides. That is to say we study the movements of the attacker (uke, teki, uchidachi) and the movements of the defender (nage, ware, shidachi).

Is a martial arts studio a profitable business? By William Stynetski

So you start out with a space to teach in. By the time you get enough students to actually cover the costs of running that place, you have already outgrown that first training dojo.

So now you need a bigger place. Which is going to cost more, so you will need more students.

On average it takes about 10 years to actually have and maintain a solid base of 30 students. As an example lets say that means during those first 10 years you might have 100 potential students come through your doors, but only about 30 of them will stay long term.

If you are charging $100 a month thats $3,000 a month you are bringing in. $3,000 a month is not a lot of money considsring that at that point, you will probably need to move into a bigger space.

That’s just the first 10 years. The first 3–5 years you will be lucky to get 10–15 students, for $1,000 to $1,500 a month. During that time you will have a small dojo, and probably be fronting much of the costs yourself.

Then you have to consider that people move, or change jobs, or have a baby, or grow up and go to college, or get involved with video games and cars and girls and tons of school activites. My biggest competition? Video games.

Then most kids and adults come to find out that studying martial arts is a lot of work (yes moving the body somehow equates to work these days) and a commitment of time. Progressing and sticking around to get a blackbelt or maybe actually learn a particular art or style can lose its appeal, despite all of the benifits of training in a martial art.

Not to say it cannot be done, but If you are actually teaching a martial art (as opposed to running an after school day care program disguised as a martial art), and you take all of this into consideration, you can probably forget about seeing any kind of a profit, especially in those first 10 years. You will be very lucky just to break even.

 

https://www.quora.com/Is-a-martial-arts-studio-a-profitable-business/answer/William-Stynetski

Is sitting in seiza uncomfortable? Do people capable of seiza for long periods of time have better circulation or simply pain tolerance?

I dont think it is uncomfortable at all. It does take some getting used to and some practice. I started out working on my seiza some 25 years ago. I started by sitting seiza 2 minutes, then increased to 5. Every couple of weeks I would add on time spent sitting in seiza. Gradually I built it up to 20 minutes. Sometimes I would only do this for the set time. If I had more time I would sit down for my two minutes or ten minutes however long I was sitting seiza for then I would stand up stretch my legs walk around a bit and sit back down for another 2 minutes or 15 minutes or whatever the time that it was. Other times I would sit seiza during the tv commercials. When the show started again I would sit back up on the couch or stay on the floor. I like being on the floor anyways, kind of closer to earth. Then after a while I started watching tv in seiza, and occaisonnaly eating in seiza at the coffee table. I’ve also had some long winded sensei, so there was some extra seiza built in. Now granted that was in my younger days and I don’t do all that seiza training now, but I have no trouble sitting seiza for extended periods.www.pakutaso.com-shared-img-thumb-N784_kakejikunomaedeseizasurumiboujin-e1481380341767

Now something you can do is shift weight to one side, let pressure off the other side for a minute or two, then shift to the other side. Another thing you can do is rise up to your knees and let the blood flow back into your feet. When I do this I will straighten out any clothes…gi, hakama..that have bunched up behind my knees.Seiza back

Now after a while of sitting in seiza you will get the prickley needles feeling in your feet and they will go numb. Even though you can’t feel your feet in this case, they are still there, and the bones and muscles will work just fine when you rise, step, run and so on. The feeling will come back in a few minutes.

Good luck!

How is a bokken used to train a samurai by lessening the injuries that would be induced by a real sword?

Good bokkens are about the same length and weight of a real sword, and can be very expensive. These good ones are even crafted in the tradition of the sword system studied.

For instance this one at $85.00 from Tozando, in the style of the sword used by Yakumaru Jigen Ryu.Yakumaru Jigen Ryu - William Stynetski

Ok, so $85.00 isn’t really all that expensive. Take this one for an example of an expensive bokken, also from Tozando.William Stynetski - Facts Bokken

It is a Deluxe Loquat Bokken, and the price is $1,045.59. Prices for bokken can fall anywhere from $10 to much, much higher as you can see.

As far as lessening injuries go, about the only thing a wooden bokken will not do is cut or slice human flesh.

Other than that, the bokken is an extremely dangerous weapon. With enough force, a bokken can still stab through soft targets, like the solar plexus, throat and eyes.

And with even less force can break and shatter bones of the fingers and hand. With a little more force these weapons can break arms, ribs and skulls.

So in a sense, yes, a person training with wooden weapons will not have to pick up their sliced off body parts off the ground, or get stitches, but a few weeks in a cast could definately be a possibility.

As could death. I can tell you, even a light and accidental hit with one of these really hurts.

Wearing armour, as samurai did on the battlefield, during training will lessen the damage taken, but in the hands of a skilled swordsman that samurai undergoing training will definately feel it when a mistake is made. Even then, the hands, fingers, and especially the thumb is a desired and usually exposed target.

These are real weapons, and the beauty is they don’t have to be used like a sword. Afterall, it is a piece of wood, and it can also be used like a short staff, but yes they hurt. Yes they can cause damage, and yes they can even cause death.

  • William Stynetski

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Use of Pain Compliance in Martial Arts and Self Defense

I wouldn’t say it is total horse manuer. However, one should be aware of a few factors ahead of time before relying solely on pain compliance when defending yourself.

The first is the adrenaline pumping through the body. If flight has not taken place, and fight has, adrenaline can be a great pain killer.

Adrenaline can also be a driving force in a fight. This can also take one way past pain in a fight.

Another factor that comes to mind is the will to survive. People can, and have fought with broken noses, arms, legs, skulls, ribs and well just about anything else that can break, split, or rupture.Wikipedia Pain Compliance - williamstynetski.com

Something else to consider is that everybody is different. Pain receptors and nerves are different in people. What could be deemed effective on one individual may completely backfire when tried on another individual due to the sheer fact that people have different body structures in addition to different tolerance levels for pain.

Finally you have to consider drugs and alchohol.  If the attacker or person you are defending yourself against is drunk or on drugs, their body may not process pain at all.

The human body and its instinct and will to survive is an amazing thing. Inflicting pain on another person and “waiting” to see if they comply or not should not be your only option.

William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-pain-compliance-total-horseshit-in-real-combat/answer/William-Stynetski