We practice Shinbujutsu with a focus on three main experiences.
1. Physical technique: This includes learning the proper ways of developing the techniques all inclusively from the standpoint of building a proper foundation so they can begin to study the concepts that bring power and life to the techniques.
2. Conceptual understanding: This includes learning the concepts of shinbujutsu and practicing all the movements, positions, and bunkai to form a deeper understanding of the "Ti" behind the technique. These concepts include but are not limited to:
Tanden (Itten)- "Center Point" Understanding center of balance.
Tenshin- "Body Shifting" Understanding movement of feet and body around the target.
Gamaku- "Core" Understanding how the core generates and drives all techniques.
Uchi/ Tsuki- "strike/ stab" Understanding how to strike.
Chinkuchi- Understanding power from timing of breath and technique.
Shime- "To close" Understanding how to close the body off from attack.
Harai- "Sweep" Understanding how to use defense without the use of "Uke".
Fin-di- "Changing hand" Understanding how strikes flow off of one another and change in combat.
Iri-kumi- "Inside fighting" Understanding (inside fighting)
Muchimi- "Stickiness" Understanding "stickiness" and position in grappling and in close fighting.
Kokyu Chikara- "Breath power" Understanding breathing in conjunction with all techniques.
A-un- "beginning and end" Understanding the flow and timing of technique and movement in succession.
3. Experiential wisdom: This includes performing the techniques and concepts of Shinbujutsu with another human being so that the technique and concepts are actualized and fully understood by the student. This experience will help the student mature and give them an understanding of the variables that can occur when in motion with an actual living, breathing and passionate attacker.