This is the first of a series of Zoom videos dealing with various elements of traditional jujitsu techniques. This workshop is an open-ended seminar covering a variety of topics. So the workshop went in whatever direction the participants guided it. Length: 1:07:20.
This workshop dealt with issues pertaining to kicking defenses [blocks, deflections & tactics], multiple attacker strategies and tactics, the value of techniques transitioning skills, and effective ways to execute and elbow roll.. . Length: 1:11:39.
The three topics for this workshop were 1] the Covid-19 impact on your dojo & how you’ve changed student instruction/training, 2] proper armbar setup and figure-4 fingerlocks & variations, and 3] each instructor presenting their two most effective or practical self-defense techniques. [Unfortunately the first few minutes of this workshop are missing.] Length: 1:10:38.
This workshop deals exclusively on how to deal with a variety of knife thrusts and swipes. Different sensei also present their approaches to dealing with various attacks. Also shown are how to deal with an attacker who’s pulling a knife out of his pocket or who has kept it concealed until the moment of attack. Length: 1:33
This workshop concentrated on how the body moves with respect to martial arts techniques. The initial discussion was how the child-parent joint relationship affected the execution of techniques. The concept was then applied to counters and reverses for some jujitsu techniques as well as the role of the practice of technique to counter to counter, etc, for the purpose of establishing muscle/brain memory that would help practitioners operate from a state of mushin [no conscious thought] in street situations. Length: 1:35
This workshops dealt with four discussion topics. Our first topic was side wristlock takedown variations. This was followed by an update on Ju-Shin, including an offer for training certification. We also covered “isolated” vs. “integrated” teaching/practice, including ways to get students to develop their reaction skills. Lastly we dealt with how Sensei Seki weeded out students who didn’t have the skill to slough off verbal harassment. Length: 1:01
This workshop covered three topics: how does force continuum/appropriate force relate to choosing submissions to conclude a technique, are there any technique that must be executed only one way, and the importance of Randori or sparring in real time with resistance. Length: 2:06
This workshop briefly touched on “appropriate” use of force. Most of the time was spent discussing differences between autonomic responses as compared to conditioned responses via mushin as a result of constant repetitive practice. An equal amount of time was spent on how to quickly harness an opponent’s ki [energy flow] and become the center of technique execution. Length: 2:04
Today’s workshop concentrated on three areas: 1] potential training constraints following serious injuries or surgeries, 2] the importance of “trapping” the knife hand away from the throat for knife at the front of the throat from behind, and 3] the challenges of teaching different age groups, levels of proficiency, and the issue of societal “constraints”. Additional wrist trap technique detail at the end of this video by Sensei Darryn Melerine. Length: 1:20
This workshop dealt with 1] the most important considerations when defending against chokes, 2] a brief discussion on what techniques students actually used in real street situations, and 3] a brief review [to be covered again in the next Zoom workshop on the a] BJJY testing process and the b] parent/child joint relationship and their importance for technique understanding and success. Length: 1:09
This workshop covered the following issues: 1] the BJJY testing process, 2] a review of the parent-child joint relationship in more effectively teaching jujitsu techniques, 3] how a teacher’s personality [modus operandi] affects their teaching and student retention, and 4] some differences in teaching law enforcement personnel whose actions are limited by departmental “use of force” continuums. Length: 1:19
This workshop deals solely with the effect of kime in jujitsu & karate techniques; the topic being presented by Sensei Thomas Gentry. Karate generally tends to follow a linear direction of kime, whereas in may be linear or circular in jujitsu. We had an in-depth discussion of the implications of the variations of kime in the martial arts with a lot of very different thoughts, all brought together in the end by Sensei Kris Kademian. This is probably one of the best, most participatory workshops held thus far. Length: 1:20
This video covers what jujitsu techniques have actually been used effectively by students in real street situations and the outcomes for those students. It also briefly covers whether nerve or small muscle movement techniques really work on the street. Additional topics covered also included how to restart your dojo after Covid [very brief discussion], the validity of Zoom testing as an alternative to live or video testing, and a lot of time spent dealing with the front headlock/guillotine choke. Length: 1:13
In this workshop we covered the limitations and attitudes of some martial artists with respect to their level of understanding of what traditional Japanese jujitsu entails. That topic easily segwayed into the second topic, which was situational awareness and strategies as the primary goal for any short-term self defense program as well as for any martial artist who hopes to be successful on the street. A small amount of time was spent dealing with multiple attacker tactics. Length: 1:27
Most important, I want to compliment all of the participants for finding common threads in all of the topics considered in this Zoom meeting: use of force, pressure point techniques and pain tolerance, first aid policies and practices, and how various instructors have changed their teaching approaches over the years. The back-and-forth commentary among the participants showed an excellent exchange of ideas and good communication skills. This was a really well-rounded and positive experience for everyone. Length: 1:16
Today’s workshop centered on how to deal with student situations. At one end of the spectrum we had a general discussion on “difficult” students [or their parents] situations & resolutions. We then went to the other extreme of how to identify & develop emerging leaders/sensei in your dojo. Length: 1:15
Zanshin is a concept in which the mind is at peace even though it is fully involved in whatever is currently happening. [This is one of many definitions.] However, the concept is applicable to this workshop topic of how to deal with passive and aggressive students because, each, in their own way, need to achieve zanshin to reach common ground and be effective learners facing the same challenges. Length: 1:03
Today’s zoom meeting was an unusually solid one in terms of a solid discussion of 1] comparison of different martial arts from a traditional vs. modern aspect, 2] how to respond and recover from teaching blunders, 3] pacing instruction, and 4] using proper phraseology to make a positive impression and improve your chances of success. When I reviewed the video I was tremendously impressed with the quality and professionalism expressed by the participants, particularly in dealing with the first topic in depth, which took 32 minutes of the total zoom meeting. It was the variety of interpretations that followed the same pathway that impressed me. My compliments to all of you! Length: 1:23
Effective teaching is based upon a teacher’s personality and their ability to involve their students in the learning process. This was our major topic in today’s Zoom meeting. A number of good ideas to improve student involvement were presented. Time was also spent on 1] dealing with unusual dojo situations [injured students, disruptive or intoxicated observers, safe emergency exits]; 2] what’s involved in hosting an event or training seminar at your dojo, and 3] how to include ukemi waza into the weekly training program [every class]. Length: 1:41
All of us have limitations in everything we seek to do. Limitations are inevitable regardless of our goals – even for martial artists and their sensei. Today’s discussion revolved around limitations that sensei face due to their age, cumulative injuries, physical limitations of their students, and the need to keep your training program relevant to your students while at the same time maintaining the traditions and skill requirements of the art[s] you are teaching. Although the discussion meandered a bit, I would like to thank Sensei Kris Kademian for synthesizing the entire Zoom meeting and providing an excellent summary of the discussion towards the end. Length: 1:18
This workshop started off dealing with the value of high vs. low kicks and the use of closed-fist punches vs. open-handed strikes, the discussion segwayed into a really worthwhile discussion of referring to techniques as “tools” rather than skills related to specific martial arts. Length: 1:38
His video deals with the issues of determining the value of techniques you are taught, the value of cross-certification and the approach of the BJJY to cross-certification, ascertaining what makes Budoshin Jujitsu unique among the variety of jujitsu ryu in today’s world, and the value of the “kiai”, including more effective ways for students to successfully use their kiai. Length: 1:17
Today’s discussion workshop dealt with dealing with hand guards, whether to defend yourself standing up or on the ground, reaching for available weapons [any physical object you could use to defend yourself with], and 2-vs-1 and 3-vs-1 or 2 strategies. A few techniques were also demonstrated as parts of the discussion. Length: 1:16
Although this Zoom workshop was supposed to cover a variety of subjects, as in prior workshops, we spent the entire workshop discussing arm strikes v. whole body strikes in a variety of manifestations. Factors that were discussed included trying to clearly define the difference between the two, the purpose of each, dojo practice v. street reality, the issue of control – even in a state of mushin, and how training has changed over the years. For lack of a better phrase, this very smoothly moving discussion “left almost no stone unturned” recognizing different interpretations in different martial arts and contexts; the latter word becoming a major theme in the discussion. This is probably one of the best zoom discussion workshops we’ve ever had. Length: 1:31
This workshop dealt with how to deal with initial contact with a threatening opponent on the street. The second topic was changing instructional and promotional standards. The second topic evolved into a discussion of generic terminology and its assets and liabilities. Both topics were then melded into a common topic of what is your objective in the street, in the dojo, as a sensei and as a student. Length: 1:38
Today’s Zoom meeting dealt with the issue of teaching “practical stuff” vs. concepts and the students’ perception of the usefulness of what is taught. We also spent some time discussing what qualifies a person to teach a martial art and whether there should be some governmental controls for the confidence and safety of students. Length: 1:07
This workshop dealt with two totally different but maybe related topics, the reality of what to do in the first few moments of a street confrontation and whether the mythology of your martial art can help or hurt you. We dealt with 26 martial arts myths, debunking 18 of them and giving 8 some sense of possible credibility. But you be the judge. Length: 1:34
Dealing with realistic situations makes you a better martial artist. In this discussion we talked about the value of padding to make blocking more effective, making gun disarms more effective and their value vs. good judgement on the street, landing skills [some mats are harder than others] and the issue of carrying any [legal] weapons on you. As of this date this was our second longest discussion group. Length: 1:42
This was probably one of the best and active discussions we’ve had – and the longest too. We started out discussing “ageism” as far as sensei were concerned. That very smoothly evolved into what makes a well-rounded martial arts sensei, including the many roles a good sensei/teacher has to play, so that as Sensei Kris Kademian alluded to, “your students will seek to follow in your footsteps.” Some of the subtopics we talked about will probably be major discussion topics in future Zoom meetings! Thanks to Darren Melerine for the spontaneous Zoom title, and others for more than average participation and giving the discussion a fluid direction. Length: 1:54
You’ve made it to shodan. Now what? In this Zoom meeting we discuss the issue of black belts actually becoming sensei rather than securing a “black belt” as part of their “bucket list” accomplishments in life – and then they leave your dojo for the next item on their “list”. To summarize, to create a sensei you need to start their training the first time they step on the mat/tatami. Training goes beyond the development of physical skills. It involves developing the ability to help others as well as a holistic philosophical attitude about what the martial artist represents. Time was also spent dealing with how technology can affect your teaching program and the variety of ways video technology can be used to enhance and sometimes expand the learning opportunities of your students. Length: 1:31
What role to martial arts “halls of fame” play in the martial arts community? Do they indicate sincere appreciation or recognition by your martial arts community, or can you simply buy your plaque and rent your tux to receive it? Our second topic was a limited discussion on dealing with disabled students. Lastly, we also looked at what is your role as a sensei, what kind of example are you for your students, and is being a sensei a “lifestyle” or just something you do for a period of time/years? Length: 1:15
Although a small bit of time in this meeting was spent on the ethics of presenting personal [religious, political, etc] viewpoints in the dojo, our major emphasis turned out to be a discussion of the definitions of kata and waza, which quickly expanded into a discussion of bunkai and okuden. After a substantial discussion of the myriad definitions of kata and waza, we came to the realization that the appropriate use and definition of these words was dependent upon circumstances or the context they were used in. Sometimes It’s amazing how transliteration between languages and phraseology can lead to both vagaries and clarifications at the same time. Length: 1:14
Earning your black belt can be a challenging task requiring patience, perseverance, and an understanding of the goals and purposes of your martial art and your sensei. In this video we take a look at some of the criteria and conditions for promotion and the desired outcomes and expectations of sensei and students. We will probably come back to this topic from various perspectives in the future. Length: 0:58.
Although this topic was supposed to cover the different types of dojo environments regardless of your martial art, we also segued into a variety of related topics. These included liability insurance, modifying the Budoshin Jujitsu Student Handbook to meet your needs, how much technical knowledge a shodan has vs. what’s available in the Densho [to expand your instructional base], and most importantly, how to keep your students [adults & kids] by keeping their interest level up. Length: 1:18.
Credibility can be the most important element in your life. It can serve as a cause or result of your success in whatever you do – or your failure. In this video we deal with credibility in the martial arts, individually, dojo, organizational affiliations and promotional procedures within individual dojo and organizations. We also look at some of the abuses that detrimentally affect credibility. Length: 1:32
Although the main topics of today’s Zoom meeting was discussing some of the operational aspects of running a dojo and senior sensei facing retirement or physical limitations, the major theme of the discussion seemed to center around the sensei’s attitude towards teaching and helping students grow in a variety of teaching environments. Although we only had four participants the interaction between them appeared almost scripted although there was no script. Sometimes a great discussion just happens and this was another one of those times. Length: 1:23
Your goal as a sensei is to be the spark to light three important flames essential to your dojo’s survival. In this Zoom workshop we look at the issues of ensuring dojo growth and quality, training students to become black belts and sensei, and most importantly, keeping your students committed and interested in staying in your instructional program. If you can succeed in all three areas your dojo will prosper. Length: 1:13
This episode deals with the martial arts “culture” of your dojo, including securing free publicity, student teacher relationships, and issues of students who leave & return to your dojo with outside training, black belts who may want to venture off your “path” or actually do so, and the potential issue of losing black belts for a variety of negative and positive reasons. Length: 1:43.
Probably the best school principal I taught for had a sign behind his desk that said, “The only thing permanent is change.” That quote has stayed with me my whole life.
Today’s Zoom conference spent a little bit of time talking about active-shooter training and students who have an eversion to rank promotion, most of our time was spent providing me with food for thought as I consider major structural changes in 4th-5th dan promotional criteria from an emphasis on physical skills [1st-5th dan right now] to teaching skills & “giving back” for the more honorary ranks [6th-10th dan]. Although I was looking for solutions, the participants gave me more issues to consider to help me form a more transitional or hybrid approach to promotional criteria for 4th & 5th dan.
Change is always challenging. But the goal is for change to result in a positive outcome. That task is still before me. But I am grateful for the wide range of opinions that will help me make any revisions a positive experience for my yudansha and help them become better black belts. Length: 1:54
Although most Zoom meetings follow a set path, occasionally they segway into other related area. This episode was supposed to deal with changing some Budoshin Jujitsu black belt requirements and discussing the “rule of 3” in the martial arts, we segued into situational awareness, mushin, ground situations, maintaining your level of proficiency, reasonable force, and being self-motivated, among other topics. Thanks to today’s participants we were able to tie everything together to make the discussion very worthwhile. We were also able to come up with a couple of topics for future discussions. A real win-win. Length: 1:42
This is probably the most informal and self-directed exchange the Zoom participants have had in a long time. Although we had the formal topics of what direction the martials arts were and should be going and the issue of body language of potential victims, potential attackers, and the role of your own body language to intimidate or defuse a situation, there was also a lot of crosstalk and informal chatter on other topics that helped make this an interesting meeting. Length: 1:29
Today’s Zoom workshop deals with contextual misunderstandings caused by different names for the same jujitsu techniques as well as the difference between the effectiveness of techniques taught in a “quickie” 1-2 hour self defense class vs. long term participation in a martial arts program. Context can put things into their proper order of understanding if the person presenting the information is knowledgeable about the various terms for the same technique or the realities of a street self-defense situation vs. dojo practice.
It comes down to, “it’s not what you do but how you do it.” If you are a responsible sensei it is your obligation to put what you say into context and use the appropriate terminology so that you audience get correct and complete information from you. Length: 1:32
Although today’s Zoom meeting concentrated on the value of “empty-hand” techniques and insight into some sensei’s progress to and through black belt levels and it’s implications, both topics seemed to bring up what are called “aha moments” of revelations that resulted in significant growth in the art. Join us for some interesting histories and perspectives in these two areas. Length: 1:38.
Pressure and stress are a normal part of any street situation. Your primary survival goal is to control the level of stress and pressure so that you can effectively defend yourself. That takes practice! This video concentrates on how to control your stress level and the factors that go into achieving that goal. We also got into the side-issue of what needs to be controlled in a street situation: the attacker or the weapon. Length: 1:31.
We are faced with physical and attitudinal behavior modification challenges every day, whether it be from advertising, to schooling to learning a martial art. The goal is always to modify you or your behavior in some way. As a martial arts instructor your responsibility is not only to instruct students in the physical aspects of your art, but to help them establish more positive attitudinal and moral behavior so they can become better people. There is no “one size fits all” approach to this. Different students and different situations may actually cause you to modify your criteria and objectives in teaching your art. Length: 1:58
In this workshop we discussed if/how I may have changed some of the techniques taught by Sensei Jack Seki. We also discussed the issue of “tradition”; what it is, how it has changed [or has it], and its value today. That also led into a brief discussion of honorary titles for black belts and their value in today’s world. Last, we discussed the issue of adequate training for knife attacks; recognizing that training for any type of street attack must go way beyond “adequate” with continuous training against random street attacks. Adequate becomes redefined as either avoidance [removing yourself from the situation] or success [successfully physically defending yourself from the attack]. Both have the same goal: survival. Length: 1:30
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What does the black belt represent? How can writing your thoughts down help you as a martial artist? These are the two topic questions for this Zoom meeting. Answering these questions for yourself can help you become a better sensei and a better martial artist. Length: 1:21
For some students a street confrontation is a positive confirmation that their martial arts skills work. For most others it’s a surprise that their learned skills did work and came into play automatically. However, what happens afterwards, in terms of the stress of the event is what involves sensei. In this Zoom discussion we look into that issue from a variety of viewpoints and what your role, as a sensei, might be. Our second topics dealt with some differences between private/commercial type dojo and those run through community agencies – – – and there is a difference. Length: 1:25
This episode initially deals with martial artists outside the dojo [real lives] but then moves on to a, good discussion on mushin, zanshin, mokuso, and the realtionship to the five spirits of Budo. If you’ve never dealt with these concepts in the martial arts and self-defense effectiveness this is a good episode to view. It may leave you with some questions for further inquiry, but a good discussion should do that. Length: 1:37
The discussion started in Episode 51 continues based on the quest to find a Japanese word/term that is the opposite of mushin. That opposite is the “preoccupied mind.” This discussion involved the largest number of participants ever in a Zoom meeting: 11. The whole meeting also concerned itself solely dealing with ishin, mushin, and zanshin. It’s also a bit different because I used a “gallery” setup [all participants on the screen at all times] rather than the “speaker” setting [only the person speaking is on the screen]. Let me know which format you prefer. Length: 1:31
“Parent” martial arts, such as traditional Japanese Jujitsu, face a constant challenge when compared with other “parent” martial arts or their offshoots. Yet, regardless of their source of origin they all have a common foundation and limitation: movements of the human body. Also discussed in this episode was the issue of bullying and the “intent” upon which it is based. Episode 53 essentially was a discussion of which came first, the chicken or the egg? This really is a worthwhile episode to watch in spite of its length. Length: 1:57
This Zoom meeting was wide ranging, from “were do you practice? a dojo, club, or gym,” to a discussion comparing “aiki” and “kiai,” and ending up with a discussion of “clean vs. dirty” techniques and the issue of reasonable force; the latter of which will hopefully be in a future Zoom discussion. Length: 1:55