My Semi Private Muteki Class

Two People training

 I had the opportunity to train in a class that had one other pupil in it last week.  It turned out to be a very intense training indeed. We were doing things I never thought I would be doing and I find I want to do them again.  It was very difficult but when I accomplished them I felt so good.  One of the exercises was closing our eyes and then crouching down and sensei through chines stars all over the matt.  We had to feel for them and then when we found them we had to roll away from them.  We had to be aware of our surroundings at all times .  I am proud to say that I did very well in that exercise.  I know how I am though, and I put a blind fold on myself because I would of gotten scared and looked. and of course I was right because  I did open my eyes but had the blind fold on and couldn't see anything, and I went on with the exercise.  it was like going in the dark.  We also pretended that we were scaling a castle wall. It is one the exercises that was developed by the japanese and that is exactly what it looks like, it felt very graceful and again I was surprised I could do it.  I focused so hard that night, I don't think I focused that hard in a long time.  I am focusing very hard in my classes now.  I don't ask questions, I just listen and do ... Love my training...

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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

This is truly a great exercise and congratulations on conquering it. I'd like to share two concepts one is seishi and the other teishi. Seishi is living calmness while the other is dead calmness. Seishi is relaxing your senses while still being aware of your surrounding. It helps you react quickly but without that jittery or jerking movement. On the other hand teishi is more reactive than being aware. On a practical note, you sometimes know that someone is close by without looking at them - seishi. On the other hand, sometimes you only realize that someone is there when they touch you or talk to you - teishi. f course there are better illustration for seishi and teishi. But the bottom line is awareness without having to see is essential.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

I would like to know more about this.. thanks for taking an interest in me.. lol


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

You can check out this site:

http://www.aikiweb.com/spiritual/reed1.html

it's about Jirocho and how he applies the concepts in swordsmanship.

You might want to read Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin No Sho (Book of 5 rings) and his philosophy of swordsmanship, training and of life.

I look forward to reading more of your experiences and more importantly the things you've learned. This is what draws me to reading your hubs. It's one thing to experience and learn, but it's another to share it and help others learn and understand as well.

Training is a journey where the destination is finding yourself. This is what I tell my students. And I hope you find value in it. Just like you, I'm on the same journey. Good luck to you fellow traveler. :)


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

Wonderful. My sensei prActically worships him! He recommended the same book. I haven't gotten it yet but I intend getting whatever that man has published.I look him up on YouTube all the time and my particular favorites are when he speaks philosophy. I read every line of the subtitles.. I try to implement them in my life as well. Like any journey, it is one step at a time sometimes you are dragging your feet but you must continue,you must go through any pain you might feel, deal with any situation that comes your way in a manner that would make our ancestors proud. I am honored to be a part of this journey. It is mine alone that I know I must carry so that I can live my life in a certain balance that I never had before..bear the physical pain but build up a mental titanium wall.. I love it deep within me.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

You can download it over the net. Once i saw the Book being used as the foundation for sales and management techniques. it's quite interesting how it can be applied in so many fields and industries.

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