LESSONS FROM SOKE – BY RICHARD VAN DONK
2012 Daikomyosai DVD– Shihan Richard Van Donk insights on what Soke does and says
I was just watching Soke’s new DVD that I would share with you a few insights that I got even in just a few first few minutes. These concepts that I share are just random thoughts that I gleamed from viewing Soke’s movements while being attacked. Again these are my perceptions and may not be Soke’s perceptions. I also will throw in a few of his comments for you to reflect on.
Kaname (vital point) – you are moving but it is not moving you are moving by receiving in such a way that you direct the path of force and capture it at the same time. It is as if your essence merges with theirs, your intent is hidden within theirs as you have no intent. The outcome is happening in the flowing moment.
Soke says Fingers, eyes and ribs are thought of as Sanshin. Togakure Ryu with fingers of Chi, fu, sui, ka, ku …. This is also used in medicine with this understanding, it is like the kami.
Kihon Happo at new level. More as a way of moving infinitely. It is really the connection that you are making and exploring (everything is connected). Then any weapon can be used. And any technique or outcome can be born. Throw yourself away in the process and let the Gods help you…. Hence Bujin in Bujinkan. Be empty and zero so that you are one. In this non- separateness you are connected. Again, explore the connection. It is this relationship that will also bring you the freedom spiritual attainment that you quest.
Do Natural movement without grabbing. Capture with yourself. Capture with your whole being. Move without intention and without power. If you do too much the opponent feels it and responds.
Remove your thinking and trying to perfect. See in a magnified way. Accomplish it without doing more than you need. Take your time so it does not become a technique of power. It is just flowing
Control without grabbing. Take them with your body. Think of control and not delivering pain as that will come when necessary. Explore the connection. Build on your relationships. When you are in your center you can go anywhere or create anything from there.
I hope you enjoy these insights I invite you to reflect on them and to watch the latest DVD, 2012 Daikomyosai, of Soke Hatsumi’s as his taijutsu is superb and the lessons are very deep and valuable. Here is the link if you do not already have this.
See you on the mat,
Richard Van Donk, Shidoshi