- Dec 19, 2006
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- Central Coast, Australia
I have no idea what that person is talking about...on the odd chance he meant sanchin... you're talking karate to a bujinkan practitioner...he probably doesn't know what that is.
I'm no authority on Japanese martial art history or anything as such. When I first started training 3 years ago before I took my break, one of the instructors went through the motion I described above, telling us to practise it making sure you keep your head at the same height. I am fairly certain he described it as being, or being part of san-shin movement or something.
I agree. Sometimes it also helps to hear people's advice and encouragement that you are making progress, even if you know that hitting a wall is a sign of improvement...Back to the topic... I know you have heard this a lot, but the fix is to do it over and over until it becomes natural. When you hit a wall, there are a few things that can inspire and a few things that can disappoint.
You think you have spent a lot of time, but in the grand scheme you're still in the beginning stages. The first degree black belt in Japanese is "Shodan". This means first level. So, you see, everything between now and when you are finally ready for your black belt (you will know undoubtedly know when you are ready) is simply laying the foundation for you to reach the first level...not mastery.
I have heard that before, and I completely agree. I've always seen the Kyu grades (since this was explained to me) as the time when you learn the basics. Once you reach Shodan, that's when you start developing and refining your skill - beyond simply having achieved a good foundation. The fact that there's 15 Dan grades in the Bujinkan system and only 9 Kyu grades suggests such a thing!