In our class tonight we were studying some exciting bojutsu ideas. A common concern with dynamic bojutsu is accuracy.
How to be accurate in a free exchange with a moving and competitive target?
An answer can be found in the most basic ideas of how we use our bodies for any activity. When you reach for a cup on a table, do you miss? How about when you are walking by? How is your accuracy when you brush an insect or leaf off a friend's shoulder? Do you miss and then get hit by his unexpected counter?
These things and more we do daily and rarely make a mistake. We move the frame of our bodies naturally and accuracy is a natural result.
In the Bujinkan, one way we explore this natural movement is with sanshin no kata. We connect to the ground through our legs and knees, transfer this up through the frame of our spine and body structure, then connect it all at the end of a fist or strike. It is natural. Like walking. When done naturally accuracy results.
In bojutsu, or with any weapon really, if you connect the frame of your body to the weapon, it moves naturally with you. With a basic understanding of the weapon's dimensions and physics (discovered by holding it and swinging it) you can be accurate.
If you connect a 6 foot Bo to your sanshin you can hit a candle flame on a table 6 feet away. If you don't know sanshin find a qualified Bujinkan teacher to show you. Try it. You may surprise yourself.
But keep a fire extinguisher nearby!
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