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Executive Budo employs techniques specifically designed to improve Mental Focus. In this segment, I demonstrate three Waza (exercises) that promote development of key Budo principles.
Peripheral Focus Training
Peripheral training, as the name suggests tests your peripheral vision against an attack from the side. The defender stands calmly with arms at their side while the attacker takes a position to their left. The attacker jabs to the temple of the defender randomly and without warning. The defender must block and counter with a reverse hand punch in one movement.
Both the attack and the defense are done with little force in order to shift the focus to response speed. The objective is to respond to the attack as quickly as possible. The challenge is not in the defense but in staying vigilant and not loosing your focus while waiting for the attack. We instruct attackers to take large pauses between attacks, sometimes as much as 30 seconds.
The Waza is staying focused and mentally alert, diverting the attack is secondary.
Fudoshin, having an immovable mind, means you do not allow your emotional state to waver. It means having the mental strength to overcome fear, surprise, confusion and doubt. No matter the situation, you are able to maintain a calm state of mind. Peripheral Training promotes development of Fudoshin.
Corner Defense Training
The corner defense drill places the defender against a wall to provide a feeling of being trapped. That makes the exercise more challenging. The attacker takes a position directly in front and starts randomly punching the defender from all directions.
The defender must divert the attacks with as little movement and energy as possible. The attacks and blocks are done lightly so focus can be shifted to performing Mushin, no mind.
Mushin is the state of mind where Ki (intent) and action are one, free from discriminating thoughts or internal dialogue. It is the removal of the rationalizing process from the chain of events. Corner Defense works best when a state of Mushin is achieved.
The mind is as a glacial lake.
Besides the obvious demonstration appeal of breaking boards, the practice serves a specific Budo function. It affords a visual example of execution of proper technique. If the board is not hit correctly, it will not break.
Proper execution of board breaking technique includes the application of speed, power and accuracy, together known as Kime (Keymay), finishing the technique completely and decisively.
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
are obvious in business as in life. The Executive Budo Program focuses on developing that particular attribute of Budo training.
Budo training is a powerfully dynamic way to develop mental focus & discipline, awareness of your surroundings, confidence and control of your emotional state. All these attributes are extremely beneficial in attaining one's goals.
The Executive Budo Program will:
Help you improve concentration & mental focus
Develop more self confidence
Enable you to visualize your goals more effectively
Help you learn to deal with stress better
Teach you better muscle control and body awareness
Help you learn to focus more in the now
Empower you to discover harmony of mind, spirit and body
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Shin ki tae itto, Mind, Spirit & Body as One.
The video was shot in Toronto near my Condo and on my roof. Videography by Contributing Producers Alex Chung & Leland Tilden. Editing by Techboy Studios.