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
Sensei Moti Nativ teaches Warrior Awareness
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 starts with awareness
Awareness Through Movement lesson gets the body moving intelligently
Warrior Awareness involves getting clear about doing what you think you are doing
Start on the left…
…and switch to the right (altogether now!)
Then reverse the motion in full control. Sounds easy ’til you try it!
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)
Even though its a fake knife, you have to use it “knifely”
Friends don’t let friends keep their knife
You can’t be too careful around knives
Sensei Moti is not the first person to want to slap Thiago upside his head
Now try it yourself
Hey, this stuff works!
The Bujinkan experts took it pretty seriously
Sensei Terence helps out
Moving on to another technique
Everyone knows hadaka jime
You could always get the book…
First, avoid the strike…
…then make your attack
Sensei Terence demonstrates what happens when you forget your gi at home
Practicing under a watchful eye
Awareness in all directions
Everyone got to practice
At all levels of experience
And from across different traditions
Size doesn’t matter but skill does
“It’s like kissing, but then they die…”
You don’t need a gi to practice self defense
What did you learn?
Awareness is your best defense
“The Feldenkrais Method IS a martial art”