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What is Taijutsu?

First, Fishing

When I was 10, I was standing in the middle of a river near Aspen, Colorado, wearing waders and flinging a line back and forth over my head. My father was about 30 yards down river, in case I slipped and washed down stream -- a difficult feat in 2 feet of water. Inevitably, I reeled in my line, flung it backward, and yanked forward to... resistance. My line had tangled in the trees on the bank, and I struggled to free the line. At 10, I had no idea why my line spent more time in the trees than in the river. All I knew was that I loved the sound of the line whipping through the air, and I was frustrated every time I had to stop to fish my line out of the tree every 5 minutes. 

If I Knew Then What I Know Now...

Fishing has it's own taijutsu, it's own body skills. Here I was, 10 years old, trying to use those same body skills I'd always used -- the ones with which I was a 10 year old acting as a 10 year old (something, I admit, I didn't even do well on its own) -- to do a task that I didn't otherwise understand how to do. The taijutsu of a 10 year old used to running, jumping, playing handball, or climbing on jungle gyms, did not know how to stay still and patient in the cool waters of the Colorado River.

At 28, my taijutsu has changed from that of a child, to that of a man, and, through training, to that of a warrior (budo taijutsu). From being a man, I've learned the patience and stillness; from that of the warrior, balance and strength.

The Core

Taijutsu can be broken down into a few core concepts:

1.) Kamae - The postures that one transitions between.
2.) Ma'ai - The angle, distance, and timing.
3.) Kukan - The empty space, and it's creation.

 

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