Self Defense and Judo 2015 Photo Gallery

People

Sensei Moti Nativ came to us from Tel Aviv. Students from DC, Maryland, and Virginia attended the event. Though they came from different martial arts traditions, they practiced Judo together.

Judoka, Jujitsuka, Karateka, Muay Thai fighters, and Bujinkan Taijutsu practioners all practiced Judo together

Judoka, Jujitsuka, Karateka, Muay Thai fighters, and Bujinkan Taijutsu practioners all practiced Judo together

Sensei Moti Nativ teaches Warrior Awareness

Sensei Moti Nativ teaches Warrior Awareness

Preparation

Preparation is the foundation of success. We prepared for guests by making practice knives. Sensei Moti Nativ prepared us with an Awareness Through Movement lesson.

Preparation is the key to success - even when that means making fake knives from paint stirrers and tape

Preparation is the key to success – even when that means making fake knives from paint stirrers and tape

Preparation starts with awareness

Preparation starts with awareness

Awareness Through Movement lesson gets the body moving intelligently

Awareness Through Movement lesson gets the body moving intelligently

Warrior Awareness involves getting clear about doing what you think you are doing

Warrior Awareness involves getting clear about doing what you think you are doing

Start on the left...

Start on the left…

...and switch to the right (altogether now!)

…and switch to the right (altogether now!)

Then reverse the motion in full control. Sounds easy 'til you try it!

Then reverse the motion in full control. Sounds easy ’til you try it!

Practice

We worked on techniques drawn from the Kodokan Goshin Jutsu, the Kime No Kata and the Koshiki No Kata. Sense Moti added his practical embellishments.

A thumb to the neck provides excellent kuzushi (off balancing)

A thumb to the neck provides excellent kuzushi (off balancing)

Even though its a fake knife, you have to use it "knifely"

Even though its a fake knife, you have to use it “knifely”

Friends don't let friends keep their knife

Friends don’t let friends keep their knife

You can't be too careful around knives

You can’t be too careful around knives

Sensei Moti is not the first person to want to slap Thiago upside his head

Sensei Moti is not the first person to want to slap Thiago upside his head

Now try it yourself

Now try it yourself

Hey, this stuff works!

Hey, this stuff works!

The Bujinkan experts took it pretty seriously

The Bujinkan experts took it pretty seriously

Sensei Terence helps out

Sensei Terence helps out

Moving on to another technique

Moving on to another technique

Everyone knows hadaka jime

Everyone knows hadaka jime

You could always get the book...

You could always get the book…

First, avoid the strike...

First, avoid the strike…

...then make your attack

…then make your attack

Sensei Terence demonstrates what happens when you forget your gi at home

Sensei Terence demonstrates what happens when you forget your gi at home

Practicing under a watchful eye

Practicing under a watchful eye

Awareness in all directions

Awareness in all directions

Everyone got to practice

Everyone got to practice

At all levels of experience

At all levels of experience

And from across different traditions

And from across different traditions

Size doesn't matter but skill does

Size doesn’t matter but skill does

"It's like kissing, but then they die..."

“It’s like kissing, but then they die…”

You don't need a gi to practice self defense

You don’t need a gi to practice self defense

What did you learn?

What did you learn?

Awareness is your best defense

Awareness is your best defense

"The Feldenkrais Method IS a martial art"

“The Feldenkrais Method IS a martial art”


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