Category: Health and Fitness

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

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!

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 -

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

Parkour: What is it like to be a traceur?

Parkour: What is it like to be a traceur?

Parkour – Jumping Into Life, by William Stynetski

Hi, as many of you know I have been training and coaching parkour for about 3 years now.  Still very much in my infancy of learning parkour.  It all started when…

Well, you can find out in the video below.  This is a mini documentary in which I interview some older generation tracuers in downtown Dallas.

If you don’t know, a tracuer is a person that trains in and practices parkour.  It is a french word, and tracuers means bullet.

Enjoy the video!

Tanto Waza at Aikido Plano Dojo (bladed weapon application)

Aikido comes from a long history of many different styles of jujutsu. Although not always in line with the accepted underlying philosophies of aikido, it is important to understand where aikido comes from. As such, every now and then my own exposure to traditional jujutsu does get mixed in with my aikido classes.

This is some tanto waza, or knife technique.  Not defending against a knife, but defending against a potentially life ending kick from the attacker.

Here we are not concerned with justifying the use of deadly force or how much force is acceptable under current law.  In this case, these techniques were designed to dispose of an enemy on the battlefield as quickly as possible, and we practice them through completion of the kata.

William Stynetski


Aikido Hanka Waza and Sutemi Waza – Yokomenuchi Koshinage Hanka Yoko Otoshi

Nice example of using a hanka waza to sutemi waza when a koshinage does not quite pan out.  My uke here has about 75 pounds on me, and in aikido application, there should not be a struggle to make a technique work.