Transitional Awareness and self defense Boston Martial Arts Center

Transitional Awareness and self defense Boston Martial Arts Center

When we train in self defense we often think of responding to a single event for example; needing to learn to block a punch, needing to learn to evade a kick or grab. We perceive that we must match (action with action) or develop a (1:1) response. However the study of self -defense, whether it is for personal protection or other applications, is much more comprehensive then applying a set of learned techniques because it must deal with situational transitions. Let me put forth the following example – learning to drive a car. When we first begin the process of driving we often think – “if somebody comes in front of the car I will apply the brake and stop the car” (again a 1:1 correspondence) but let us look at the situation more closely.


It is 5 p.m. and you are driving home from work. The sun is directly in your eyes and you are tired. You have begun to think about all of the things that you must accomplish when you are home. Traffic is bad and you are irritated. The light changes and you try to beat the yellow – a person is crossing the street. In order to stop the car you slam your foot on the brake and swerve (except you did not notice that there is a crowd to your left when you swerved).


The above is a very simple example, because different situations will solicit different responses. However, it is important to note that in any situation the environment (and context of circumstances surrounding that environment) is always mitigated by a series of complex interactions. In essence self-defense must respond to a dynamical system with complex and shifting interactions. Therefore you cannot simply train by “accumulating a bag of techniques”, but you must recognize that you will also be subjected to the transitions present within the environment.

Correct training, involves the preparation and recognition of such shifts and the ability to adapt to such dynamics.

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When studying martial arts, it is very important to study distance. When we are doing are drills and randori (free movement), focus on how distance can change based on intent and whether the fight is armed or unarmed. Also know how this judgment works in life

One of the great things about martial arts training is how we can explore who we are as people on the inside. When training, the ability to make a decision under pressure requires strong focus in the moment. Live in the moment. Plan for the future. Learn from the past.

One of the great things about Ninpo Taijutsu (Body skill training for Self Defense) is the freedom of movement and natural energy flow that are with in basics of training. Using the skills from breathing and natural expansion of the body found Ninpo Taijutsu, this will direct the body’s natural energy flow into an extraordinarily strong health promotion and self-defense method.

Self defense is the process by which we avoid danger. This is done by
using a combination of our intellect and our physical bodies.



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