WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?
We are practitioners of Ninjukai Taijutsu - and Ninjukai Taijutsu is BU-DO. And Bu-do is wrongly translated as "martial art".
In essence Bu-Do means 'human spontaneity as it relates to the Do or Nature. It is about the blending of the man's mind with his body as he learns to respond to his surroundings.
Your opponent is looked upon as also a part of your surrounding. This is where modern martial arts have gone astray.
They become just another "fighting form" where emphasis is placed purely on physical excellence in tournaments or perhaps another
"exercise form" where the students routinely go through a set of rigid exercise movements known as 'katas'.
The almost complete neglect of the mind in martial training is appalling.
HOW DO WE TRAIN?
In Ninjukai Taijutsu the student is made to understand that "techniques" are just human responses.
They are of no use by themselves unless we can relate those techniques to 'situations'.
As a modern-day person we are so used to learning 'techniques' first and then allowing situations to come within the ambit of our techniques.
For example, if I have acquired skills as a carpenter then I would expect all situations involving the making of wooden artefacts to come within my capability.
By a little stretch of imagination we start to think that this same assumption should also apply to Bu-do.
I started to acquire certain skills in a martial art school and will now assume likewise that all fighting situations will henceforth come within the ambit of my 'fighting know-how'.
Many will find out that this is not necessarily so. Fighting situations
are 'random'. Unlike a carpenter, we cannot expect 'situations' to fall within the ambit of our techniques.
While a carpenter is dealing with 'finite' situations, in Bu-do we are dealing with 'infinity'.
We therefore have to allow our techniques to blend and flow with the situation.
We cannot afford to be regimented or rigid in approaching a situation. We cannot face situations with pre-determined "techniques" in our mind.
If there is a keyword to describe our approach to training - then it must be "spontaneity".
We train the students to understand the importance of spontaneity in martial training. To understand spontaneity one must go to its source - the mind.
One has to realise that all techniques are "manifestation" of this source.
It is indeed a shame that the modern-day martial arts stress on physical training and ignore the mental and spiritual aspects.
We seem to have forgotten that techniques are mere human responses and how these responses will be manifested in a given situation is very much dependent on the existing 'state' of mind.
Unless we have a calm and spontaneous mind we will not be able to flow well when a situation arises.