The apprenticeship of this martial art is different from anything else you can find in the other martial arts schools. In Budo Taijutsu, we won’t be trying to copy and reproduce the teacher’s moves in every detail. Each person being unique, each student will work at developing his martial personality on his own. Many martial art styles are created by a master whose students try to copy, or to photocopy if you will, the master’s moves. The problem arises when you consider that this particular master has his own temper, bone structure and emotions which are only his. There is no way we can reach our full potential by copying someone else. We can learn ways to manœuvrer and to move our body from this person though, but always by taking our own morphology into account.
Ninjutsu, or Budo Taijutsu, came more from a matter of survival for the village’s or clan’s people. The teachings came a lot as principles from which the people developed efficient techniques which were based on the capabilities of their own bodies and tempers. By copying a master to a tee, a woman can’t reach her full potential if the style was created for the needs of men. Budo Taijutsu takes this reality into account.
At the Québec Bujinkan schools, the core of the teachings is for the students to understand why and how the techniques work. So it is a given that questions are always welcome since you can’t really reach your full martial potential without understanding the human body’s mecanics, the tactical aspects behind each technique, the different types of energy that you can use in a real-life situation and the psychology of combat. Our students’ advancement is not based on their mnemonic capacity, but rather on their ability to move, their understanding of the various techniques and their capacity to repel and control different attacks against them.
this is what the martial arts taught at the Québec Bujinkan schools
are all about. Of course, we work with weapons such as the various staves,
the bo, the jo and the hanbo, but we also practice the handling of swords,
the kusari-fundo and a few other weapons as well. We also practice in
the woods on different seminars and summer camps which comprise, among
other things, classes and games held at night. But even with all of this,
the basic essentials always take precedence : Taijutsu.
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