“Taijutsu’s very free with its movement. Nothing’s set. There is no strong and weak. The most important thing is to survive.”
– Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Bujinkan
In studying self-defence for varied circumstances using the principles of natural movement for a free and intuitive response, techniques are ‘allowed’ to happen, free from concern about form or doing the kata correctly. If training is with the right feeling, then forms will ‘dissolve’ and become like the wind. Rather than looking good, or ‘pulling off’ a technique, it is about coping with the stress of the encounter, flowing with it and doing one’s best. What is also important is the right mind and spirit. While training in the dojo can never replicate a real encounter, it can help prepare the mind and body to cope better.