Our theme for August is Timing.

In self-defence, it is important to wait for the movement of one’s opponent and not to attempt to ‘produce’ something.  The feeling is more of disengaging or preservation rather than engaging in a battle ‘to the death’ with your opponent.  In training, many people after receiving a punch move on to perform an elaborate technique with complicated footwork and hand changes.  Why?  One of our Japan teachers, Nagato sensei, has stated that “after your uke has punched and stopped, you can just move and stop too.  There is no need for you to do anything more if he doesn’t do anything more!”

– Courtesy Shihan Duncan Stewart, Bujinkan Tasmania Dojo