The importance of training cannot be stressed enough. In a hectic pace of life and activity it is important to find the time to create balance and harmony between our physical selves and mental selves. We should seek to do just this. The importance is simply placed on training. This invaluable form of exercise and spiritual practice aids in reducing stress levels, emotional balancing, mental clarity and overall physical fitness.
The all Seeing Eye (the mind’s eye)- Metsuke in budo, is referred to as the "Seeing-Eye," or the "Mind's-Eye is seeing without focusing on a single point and yet permits awareness of the total field of vision"
MUSHIN NO SHIN
The Mind of No Mind- It is also called, munen, “no-thought.” It is a mind unconscious of itself, that is always flowing and never stops. The mind is not fixed or occupied by any thought or emotion and open to everything.
Practice for developing the Metsuke- Develop the senses to learn through observation rather than practice. It means to observe and learn while watching a class or instructor by grabbing, i.e., understanding, what is being taught.
MIZU NO KOKORO
A spirit like clam water- It is the stillness of the mind or spirit that produces a non-aggressive state and a feeling of "passive" resistance.
ENZAN NO METSUKE
Look beyond the opponent (at the far mountain) to see the whole picture- Look far at the distant mountains, i.e. focusing the eyes at a distance and not staring at one point, but seeing all things equally
Immovable mind- Inspired from Fudo Myo-o, it is state of mind that is free to perceive all things as it is not hindered by being held by conscious thought (fushin). Fudoshin is a state where the mind is empty.
KI O KOROSU
Kill the spirit- Apply pressure on the opponent to destroy his confidence and break his spirit.
Arduous forging of the spirit- Forging the spirit through hundreds of thousands of repetitions of techniques to numb the mind, and free it from self-absorption.
Sitting meditation-Zazen means “sitting zen or seated-meditation. Zazen is a place of refuge far beneath our everyday involvements, a place where we turn inward for peace and to restore the balance in our everyday life.
Kihon leads to Kihon Ido to Kata Ido to Kata then Kihon Kumite to Renzoku Ken and to Embu which may be interrelated to all other aspects. Kihon improves Kihon Kumite, and vice versa. All are interrelated, each improving the other. This is the web like nature of martial arts training. All aspects improve with the improvement of each other aspects.
Kata is at the highest level of training, in that it can be performed anywhere, anytime, and needs no special equipment nor a partner. Kata is the point where Bunkai, analysis, takes place allowing a practitioner to develop a true understanding of movement and application. Through an understanding of the five principles of Waza, as covered earlier, allows a dedicated practitioner to expand upon his/her skill and understanding. Thus as the person performs a Kata they can come up with many Oyo, applications, which become spontaneous reactions to actual danger. It is important that a person test their Bunkai Oyo, analyzed applications, through practice with a partner in Kihon Kumite and Renzoku Ken. This helps keep the person honest and not giving into flights of fancy. If many of the modern tournament practitioners were to ever try their techniques in honest applications, they would find their applications erroneous and spurious.
Kata truly is the highest form of training. It has physical, mental, combat, and even spiritual significance. But the training must be honest and not full of fantasy. There must be a sincerity of purpose, with a desire to develop true self defense skills, which can work in life and death situations. Once this is accomplished and by following the seven links in the chain of training, while developing the ability to Bunkai all movements and develop Oyo that are based on the five divisions of Waza, a person can grow into a truly competent and superb martial arts practitioner.
Sanchin – サンチン (三戰)
Tensho – テンショウ (転掌)
Gekisai Dai Ichi – ゲキサイ第一 (撃碎第一)
Gekisai Dai Ni – ゲキサイ第二 (撃碎第二)
Saifa – サイファ (碎破)
Seinchin – セインチン (制引戰)
Sanseiru – サンセイルウ (三十六手)
Seisan – セイサン (十三手)
Shisochin – シソウチン (四向戰)
Seipai – セイパイ (十八手)
Kururunfa – クルルンファ (久留頓破)
Suparinpei – スウパアルンペイ (壱百零八手)
Kata Bunkai Kumite
Bunkai Gekisai Dai Ichi – 分解ゲキサイ第一
Bunkai Gekisai Dai Ni – 分解ゲキサイ第二
Bunkai Saifa – 分解サイファ
Bunkai Seienchin – 分解セインチン
Bunkai Sanseiru – 分解サンセイルウ
Bunkai Seipai – 分解セイパイ
Bunkai Seisan – 分解セイサン
Bunkai Shisochin – 分解シソウチン
Bunkai Kururunfa – 分解クルルンファ
Bunkai Suparinpei – 分解スウパアルンペイ