I am occasionally asked this question. The truth is I do not consider those exercises very important at all for new students looking for realistic self-defense fighting capability. They were most probably created in fairly recent times based on historical fundamentals as a set of conditioning exercises that encourage growth in skill qualities. That history is what I was taught by my seniors in the s. As conditioning exercises, they do appear in our very advanced handgun defenses.
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I am occasionally asked this question. The truth is I do not consider those exercises very important at all for new students looking for realistic self-defense fighting capability. They were most probably created in fairly recent times based on historical fundamentals as a set of conditioning exercises that encourage growth in skill qualities. That history is what I was taught by my seniors in the s.
As conditioning exercises, they do appear in our very advanced handgun defenses. Supposedly Toshitsugu Takamatsu created them as something Masaaki Hatsumi could teach his students in the s. After I returned to America in the early s, the Hatsumi-ha no Kata underwent a few tweaks in Japan and were then offered as the 8 techniques of the Kihon Happo. In a play on words, Masaaki Hatsumi allowed there to be 8 techniques, coincidentally. He enjoyed puns and word plays as a form of humor.
I had earlier created a curriculum based on the 5 elements of the mandala I had studied. Some methods from the original Hatsumi-ha no Kata and the Kihon Happo are of course spread out through the To-Shin Do curriculum today.
Yes, it must be discouraging, if you are loyal to the Bujinkan approach and have devoted hours to perfecting those kata. I am aware there are other people who have chosen a different answer from mine. Anshu, I would completely agree with you. I would also add, that in the short time I have been learning some of the concepts of Toshin Do, I can clearly see all aspects of the Kihon Happo embedded into the system as Anshu Hayes teaches it.
It may not be easilly discernable to those who have no understanding of the true intent and purpose of the Kihon, however it is clear for me to see. My late teacher Ed Martin taught me that the Kihn Happo was not the basics, but rather a path to help lead on to learning the basics, and that it did not always clearly show how the basics could be applied. He has made it his own……. Those who have seeked and found speak for them selves.
Well these few or many have given to us the public seeker of protection. Here I will add.. To me. Flowing with the times is very much living in the present.
This present is the Gift. Thanks SKH. I am an ex Bujinkan member. The Sanchin and Kihon Happo are important though. Someone asked Bud Malmstrom back in his thoughts on the Kihon Happo and their effectiveness in a real fight and his response was that unless you add something to them or take something away from them they will not work in a real confrontation and I agree with that. In other words the way they are taught in class will not work in class in a real confrontaion adaptations are going to need to be made for the sanchin and the Kihon Happo to be effective.
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Why Do We Not Use San-Shin and Kihon Happo?
The techniques are:. Some instructors leave out Oni Kudaki and have Omote Gyaku Tsuki instead, which is basically an Omote Gyaku done against a grab-and-punch attack. In earlier versions of the Kihon Happo, Ganseki Nage is replaced with a Muso Dori with similar body movement principles. Hatsumi Soke has released slightly different versions of Kihon Happo over the years. The techniques and movements may be different, but the underlying principles still remain the same. When I first started taking lessons, I read in a website somewhere that the Sanshin no Kata and the Kihon Happo are the most important aspects to pay attention to. So this gave me direction and focus as I attended the lessons.