Archive for June, 2007


Annoucing the first Irish Buyu Taikai

June 29, 2007


Myself and a few other Bujinkan teachers in Ireland have gotten together to announce a tai kai, or large gathering, to take place at the end of this year. Every teacher of judan rank and above in Ireland has been invited to take part, and the majority have agreed. It should be a smashing day’s training, and the proceeds will go to a fantastic cause – kids orphaned by Aids in sub-saharan Africa.

You can find out more about the event by visiting


Class Record: Kubiwa + Battojutsu

June 29, 2007

Class: Thursday June 28th

Ukemi was done with speed and over heights to get a nice warm-up in.

Henka of “Kubiwa” from Kukishinden Ryu  – empty-handed and with a tanto. We then had fun doing some no-striking movement against uke’s attack just to isolate out the angling, footwork and timing.

Battojutsu  involved  us doing some versions of Ryusei no kamae -> Seigan no kamae against thrusting attacks.

(Some of us filed down our iaito so as to make any possible accidental stabbings as dull as possible!)

We got a little lesson being a good uke – attacking with accurate intent and how to not automaticaly take ukemi.

Thought provoker: Should you assume you’re the “uke” in the first place?

After class everyone helped with the mat-rolling for the upcoming tamishigeri session at the upcoming Bikenjutsu workshop.

– Ali Martinez


Saturday Classes

June 28, 2007

I’m back from holidays and so Saturday classes are back to normal – for this weekend 30th June at least. On the following weekend there is a sword workshop and I’m away the weekend after that. When we’re back on track, mid July, I’ve decided on a change in times of 3pm-5pm including open mat so you can all have your Saturday lie-ins.

  • Sat June 30th: Class 11am – 1pm / Open Mat 1pm – 2pm
  • Sat July 7th: No class – Bikenjutsu Workshop with Alex Meehan instead.
  • Sat July 14th: No class
  • Sat 21st onwards: ***Class 3pm – 5pm / Open Mat 5pm – 6pm ***

– Ali Martinez


Class Record: Shiho tenchi tobi, Kuki waza henka, iai/battojutsu

June 27, 2007

Class: Monday June 25th

Firstly before class there was a large degree of “open mattness” going on which was great to see. There were people stretching, doing ukemi, bo work, pad work and iai. This should be the case all the time – grab some one to train with, hassle the seniors, open your syallabus, use the bag/pads, make a nuisance of yourself but just do something. I’m nearly always there 1 hour before class and when Alex come in, tap him for tips and drills, ask him to check your basics – he loves it!

Class proper started with some interesting ukemi using jumping techniques sideways and backwards. Alex then went into some ideas on angling found in Kukishinden Ryu and used them to create some nice openings for locks and strikes. After break we grapped our iaito for some battojutsu from natural walking positions with counters. This was really about examining distance and i think it is essentially the same thing as the very first strike you do in Ichimonji no kata only applied with a a sword in this case. Think about it.

Alex also mentioned that while it is healthy and normal to ask questions about particular weapons and the like, it’s maybe prudent to think about what the answer could be yourself before expecting an automatic response. That “thinking” part is probably way more fruitfull than just getting the answer. The question asked was whether the stuff we did with iaito could be done with larger tachi style swords. It’s a good question, but what do you think?

– Ali Martinez


Class record: Ukemi waza, Kukishin Ryu & iai

June 24, 2007

Class: Thursday, June 21st

A small class this evening – the torrential rain seems to have kept people away. The recently repaired dojo roof seemed to hold up and there were no leaks! The class consisted of ukemi (falling and rolling) drills before moving onto some basic taijutsu, using the kukishin ryu waza fubuki and iso arashi as starting points. The second half of the class was devoted purely to sword basics and iai in particular. Because the class was small, we had time to really put our drawing methods under the microscope and everyone made measurable progress by the end.

Some more visitors came to watch training in advance of starting the beginner’s course on July 2nd. They seemed very interested and asked some well researched questions about training, which is promising.

– Alex Meehan


Class record: Kukishin Ryu, Koto Ryu and Iaijutsu

June 20, 2007

Monday 18th June

Just a short recap on Monday’s class this week – we looked at lots of various forms of ukemi, challenging the people present to find a weakness to work on in the class. We next moved on to look at some waza from the Kukishin Ryu and the Koto Ryu before finishing up with some more sword work. In this section of the class, most of the training was geared towards refreshing the sword basics taught in the dojo, including grip and cutting.

 – Alex Meehan


Notice: no training this saturday

June 18, 2007

As Ali Martinez is currently travelling, there will be no training this coming saturday, June 23rd. The schedule returns to normal next week.

 – Alex Meehan