Archive for August, 2008

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Class record: Ukemi, tsuki-gata & bojutsu

August 28, 2008

As Shane Duggan is away on his honeymoon, I took his class last night, focusing on kihon waza or basics. We spent an intensive 2 hours looking at zenpo kaiten and koho kaiten, along with variations such as jun nagare and gyaku nagare. After this we looked at power generation in basic punching and some basic bojutsu.

– Alex Meehan

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Class Record: Naginata + Gyaku Waza + Moguri Gata

August 27, 2008

Class: Monday 25th August

With the new high ceilings we took advantage and broke out the naginata to look at a few techniques. It was shown how kamae, kamae, kamae is all important and can lead to proper excution of blocks, cuts, capturing, deflections etc. We also saw how grip and the knees are used with a structured posture. The swordsman’s perspective was also looked at as well as some features of the kamiyari, the bisento and the nagimaki that make them the same but different.

We then did some unarmed gyaku waza based on circular motion and generally winding uke up. We worked in the idea of decending from the center to capture uke’s center where kicking, punching and even agressive ukemi helped to disable them. It was intersting to see how certain features that have been drilled trhough TYR training have come out stronger in everyones technique.

Thought provoker: What are the the naginata kamae?

– Ali Martinez

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Embu report

August 25, 2008

Just a quick note to say thank you very much to everyone who helped make the embu on Saturday a huge success. A massive number of people turned out in Dun Laoghaire to watch our 40 minute presentation, and the whole thinkg really came together nicely. It takes guts to stand up in front of hundreds of people and perform budo, so well done to everyone again for all your hard work.

There are more pictures on the dojo discussion forum.

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Embu!

August 22, 2008

EMBU!

On Saturday August 23rd, a group of teachers and students from a variety of Bujinkan Dojo in Ireland will give an embu or demonstration as part of the Festival of World Cultures taking place in Dun Laoghaire this summer.

If you would like to get a broader of view of some of the skills we practice (or you’d like your friends and family to see what you’re up to when you’re out training.) the embu is free to watch and open to all.

EVENT: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Embu
LOCATION: The gardens of the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
DATE: Saturday, August 23rd
TIME: 5pm
COST: free

The website for the festival itself is www.festivalofworldcultures.com/

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Class Record: First Class at the New Dojo Rathgar

August 22, 2008

Class: Thursday 21st August 

New Dojo

New Dojo

This was a packed class in the new dojo and everything went well. Of course it’s not fully kitted out yet but the space has the same useable mat area as the old place but with much higher ceiling and plenty of storage. Along with the welcome area, ladies changing room and lots of other features it will become a fanatstic dojo in no time.

We studied some of the walking techniques of Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu with the various strikes and kicks and gyaku waza that these entail. A lot of this was opportunistic in nature and shows how windows of maximum potential open and close for tori through movement, distancing, angling, strikes and timing.

After class a few of us went down to do the final clear up of the old dojo and Matt showed us some of his shotenjutsu skills * wink wink.

Thought provoker: There were many style of kicking shown within these techniques – back, scoop, forward, side, heel, ball, stomp etc Did you spot them? Do you practice these on their own?

Ali Martinez

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Class Record: Last class at Rathmines Dojo

August 19, 2008

Class:  Monday 18th August

Old Dojo

Old Dojo

As the Bujinkan Meehan Dojo has new premises in Rathgar instead of Rathmines – 5 mins away – this was the last class in Kennilworth Lane.

 We looked at a fast pace Kihon Happo taking advantage of rhtymn breaking, openings, footwork, shielding, angling, distance and generally everything we’ve been studying this year. We got as far as musha dori before tea-break. With this sort of jiyu-waza we could see the importance of basics.

After tea we had another look at the demo practice with the added practice of framing everything in the proper order with everyone weapons-ready and in the correct sequence. It turned out well.

After class a lot of us went down to the new dojo to have a peek and some of us will help out the next few nights with readying it for training on Thursday. Check www.happobiken.com for directions.

The new dojo looks excellent with lots of added floor space, ceiling height, changing rooms, storage and we all agreed it could turn out to be fantastic  training environment.

Thought provoker: How will you help to make the new dojo a great place to train?

– Ali Martinez

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August announcements

August 15, 2008

i all,

I’d like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a couple of relevant dojo notices.

1 – No training on Wednesday August 20th
Shane Duggan won’t be around to teach his class next Wednesday (August 20th) but he has a great excuse. (Congratulations Shane & Emma, well done!) While Shane is away on his honeymoon, I shall be taking his Wednesday evening class, starting on Wednesday August 27th.

2 – The dojo is moving.
We get the keys of the new dojo premises on Monday, but training will be at 5 Kenilworth Lane as normal this coming Monday regardless. The first class to be held in the new dojo will be on Thursday August 21st. You can find directions to the new dojo at this address. Hope to see you there!

3 – 2008 Embu – mark your diaries
On Saturday August 23rd, a group of teachers and students from a variety of Bujinkan Dojo in Ireland will give an embu or demonstration as part of the Festival of World Cultures taking place in Dun Laoghaire this summer. If you would like to get a broader of view of some of the skills we practice (or you’d like your friends and family to see what you’re up to when you’re out training.) the embu is free to watch and open to all. The website for the festival itself is www.festivalofworldcultures.com/

(For people taking part in the embu, there is a rehearsal this Saturday in Clondalkin at 1pm in the Scout Hall. See you there.)

– Alex Meehan