SF is a noncompetitive class in Bujinkan
budo taijutsu which focuses on how to stay safe: in every day
activities, in sports, and in emergency situations where the child
may be grabbed or attacked. Basics of striking and kicking are
taught, simple swordplay, as well as Japanese vocabulary relevant
solid foundation in Bujinkan.
of training takes the form of games. There are no tournaments
or trophies, as often, when
ego is involved, children may get hurt. The underlying philosophy
is to not get in any fights at all,
but to avoid and escape all dangerous situations and stay in
of physical and emotional space. If a child is forced into a
fight, the goal is to stay calm and end the situation by whatever
means the severity of the attack requires. This is a complex
which the children seem to grasp better than most adults do!
hour class includes training on
these aspects of Being Safe:
Safe - Kamae, hand-eye coordination, etc
Safe - Ukemi, rolling, balance, breathing, etc.
Safe - Taijustu, striking and kicking, basic defense techniques
Safe - Storytime, vocabulary, living values
Japanese do-gi (training
uniforms) and an appropriate colored belt are worn in our training.
If you already have a white
training uniform, there is no need to buy a new one until you
wish to or the old one wears out. Sweats or shorts are acceptable
the first few classes. For
shoes, kids can wear traditional tabi, ballet slippers, socks
happen often to keep children excited and learning. Blue is a "Junior
Black Belt" and the next step is a Green belt (8th queue)
in an adult class. San Francisco
kid belt ranks are as follows:
Training begins with all members kneeling in seiza facing the front
wall of the dojo. The instructor intones the following motto:" SHI-KIN HARA-MITSU DAI-KO-MYO" (This
phrase cannot be translated directly into English. One interpretation
is: "A moment of true interaction between mind and spirit
may lead to Enlightenment." There are many others.)
All clap twice, bow once, clap once, and bow again.
The teachers turns to face the class, and students and teachers bow
to each other at the same time and say:"
O-NE-GAI-SHI-MAS" (Please assist me). When class is over, bowing
is repeated, but after "SHI-KIN HARA-MITSU DAI-KO-MYO", we say "DO-MO
A-RI-GA-TO GO-ZAI-MAS" (Thank
you very much) to end.
Guidelines for Children
it safe, but challenging with the perception of danger.
it simple and demanding of body and mind.
it moving with a focused direction.
it fun and entertaining with lessons.
them beyond their perceived limits.
structure with spontaneity.