There are many who pursue the daily practice of Bujutsu (Budo) as a means to temper their spirit. Training in Bujutsu, or performing Bujutsu Tanren is one way of knowing yourself both physically and mentally. By pursuing one thing (not only Bujutsu) deeply, the insight, knowledge, inspiration, as well as the the development put into understanding it will lead to innovation. When fueled by a strong desire and intent they create original ideas allowing for ever original innovations that are a must if you wish to get close to experiencing whatever truth it is that you pursue. It is this cycle that is so fulfulling to those that have chosen to pursue their individual arts.
Through the development of a body suitable for bujutsu, forging it in a manner according to the principles that are the foundation of bujutsu, absorbing and learning how to use the body through contact training and finally through the never ending cycle of experimentation/innovation we seek to create a core within our bodies that is “Jutsu.” That, simply put, is what Tanren is about.
The so called “wisdom” gained through the training of bujutsu is the ability for individuals to naturally adjust to whatever environment or circumstance in which they find themselves. This power, I feel, is the true essence that lies at the core of bujutsu.
There are many different interpretations of what strong and weak are in Bujutsu. However, for techniques to be effective in reality there is much solo training and experimentation needed to acquire the intuition necessary. To grasp the principles and essence requires many hours of experimentation and innovation. “Strong” or “weak” are merely results (or lack thereof) of a work in progress.
I believe that original training and ideas created by individuals that go beyond styles and methods are required if one chooses to pursue Bujutsu.
The Aunkai Bujutsu Class does not place any emphasis on repetition of empty movements or techniques. Instead, we aim to give our students the physical tools to forge a Bujutsu body able to bring its own imperfections to light, address them, and come to its own answers—all of this eventually leads the practitioner down their own path in the Martial Way. To do this, we follow roughly the curriculum outlined below:
- Creating Foundation: Realization of principles within the body.
- Contact Training 1: How to use forces against an opponent.
- Contact Training 2: Sanda, sparring, etc.
- Bujutsu: Applications of the above.