No products in the cart. The Techniques Of Hakkoryu Jujutsu In Hakkoryu, no work of writing, film, video, observation in a dojo, or other form of indirect instruction can ever convey proper thinking and technique. There has never been a substitute for the transmission of Hakkoryu directly from the Soke or qualified Shihan. That being understood, this brief introduction to Hakkoryu Waza techniques will attempt to convey some of the ideas and approaches used in teaching Hakkoryu at Hombu Dojo and Hakkoryu Shibu branches.
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No products in the cart. The Techniques Of Hakkoryu Jujutsu In Hakkoryu, no work of writing, film, video, observation in a dojo, or other form of indirect instruction can ever convey proper thinking and technique.
There has never been a substitute for the transmission of Hakkoryu directly from the Soke or qualified Shihan. That being understood, this brief introduction to Hakkoryu Waza techniques will attempt to convey some of the ideas and approaches used in teaching Hakkoryu at Hombu Dojo and Hakkoryu Shibu branches. In general, Hakkoryu Jujutsu practitioners endeavor to prevent acts of violence before they occur.
This is a primary belief in Hakkoryu. The first set of instruction in Hakkoryu is proper Rei. While the physical form consists of instruction in correct etiquette in a dojo and other Japanese settings, the principle must be more fully explained by Hakkoryu Shihan.
Such explanation should discuss the importance of respecting others. Its form might manifest itself in acts of politeness, courtesy, empathy, flexibility, and simply enough, smiling. Thinking and acting in such a manner towards others may be the best and simplest form of self-protection available. After this first Hakkoryu lesson, probably ninety-five percent of situations that lead to violent actions can be prevented. The rest of Hakkoryu is for use where such an approach is not practical or proves ineffective.
Should an attack be imminent or occurring, this art teaches methods to neutralize, avoid, or escape from strikes, grabs, and other types of physical dilemmas.
In the dojo, physical techniques of escape are taught, but the principle may be expanded to everyday common sense actions such as just crossing the street if you see trouble ahead. Another early basic technique in the Shodan-gi teaches Hakkoryu Atemi addressed below.
During an initial attack by Kake the attacker , these two are often combined. It can be said that most Hakkoryu physical techniques start with striking and escape, though not necessarily in that order. What to do then? Throughout Hakkoryu, the idea of abandoning force is emphasized. Avoid where Kake is strong. Focus where Kake is weak. As described in the History section of this website, Hakkoryu combines traditional medical thinking with arts of self-preservation.
This is best exemplified when feeling the Atemi strikes to the body and Osae arresting techniques of Hakkoryu. Many of these are directed at Tsubo special points located along Keiraku meridians of the body. They can cause very sharp and distracting pain without necessarily injuring Kake.
Only when it is unavoidable does Hakkoryu direct its Atemi to Kyusho vital points. Hakkoryu Kata and techniques build on each other one-by-one. Each Kata Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, etc. Once the Kata are mastered and our principles understood, they may be adapted for use in myriad practical situations.
The Hakkoryu method is to teach the next step only when the Shihan judges the student is ready for that step. Otherwise, the concept will be lost to the Deshi. Shodai Soke, in one of his writings, compared teaching Hakkoryu to teaching how to tune a Shamisen Japanese musical instrument. He wrote, You must tune three strings when you practice the shamisen. Most beginners cannot, so for their beginning stage, they ask their teacher to tune it for them instead of doing it themselves.
But gradually, bit by bit, because they practice everyday, their feeling for the sound becomes sharper and sharper. Usually within a year or so, they have a trained ear for the sound and can tune it by themselves. Teachers know there are no words to express how to feel the sound. Progress cannot be rushed. It depends on the abilities and determination of the Deshi. Step by step, the techniques of Hakkoryu become more advanced, powerful, and in combination, sometimes complicated.
This is when the Deshi stops imitating and takes on Hakkoryu techniques as though their own.
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Hakko, meaning the "eighth light", refers to the ultraviolet band, a band of light that is invisible to human but responsible for causing sunburn while at the beach. This invisible yet powerful band of light is used as an analogy for Hakko Ryu, whereby "the faint and weak in appearance comes surprising strength". The number eight can also represents infinity in Japan, the name therefore suggests an infinite number of techniques can be derived from it. Hakko Ryu Jujutsu training employs strategies to defend oneself using subtle movements rather than strength, yet powerful in execution, not unlike the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
The HMAF Gasshuku is a semi-annual event held on the west coast in the spring and the east coast in the fall. Attendance by all HMAF members is encouraged and non-members are always welcome. This event is open to all, regardless of your martial system and rank. We invite all martial artists interested in furthering their knowledge in Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu to attend. The Gasshuku gives us the opportunity to share our lives for a specific period of time and strengthen our bond through training. This unique opportunity includes many hours of intense training and hands-on instruction with senior students in the details of technique.