After the basics are learned the student begins to develop the art. In Seicho Jutsu the art is developed and reflected through the individual creation of 8 defensive or offensive self defence scenarios. Every year the Seicho Jutsu practitioner has to create a new set of techniques that flow into one another developing a greater understanding of body movement and flow of basic techniques.
The basics in Seicho Jutsu are your tools, consisting of all your kicks, leg sweeps, strikes, throws, chokes, holds, arm and wrist locks. These tools are not the art; they are only basics of the art. It is like teaching someone who wishes to be a carpenter how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, measuring tape and then asking them to build your house. Knowing how to use a tool does not mean you know how to build a house. Teaching someone basic techniques does not mean they can defend themselves.
It is believed an art is expressed by an artist. In order to be an artist one must be able to create a work of art. In Seicho Jutsu the work of art is the way and order the techniques fall into place. It is easy for any Seicho Jutsu practitioner to use simple and direct basic techniques to defend oneself with. However in order to develop and expand oneself, we must explore variations. It is these variations that challenge ones creativity and allow them to come up with a different sequence of techniques that they have never used before. The Art is expressing owns unique ability to flow one technique into another avoiding the opponent the opportunity to counter. Once these 8 scenarios are performed, they are let go, not to be dwelled on anymore.
The Art is an expression of that moment, in most cases it was created by chance. I mean the opponent who was attacking in free sparring, moved in a manner that presented the opportunity for the technique to happen. When it happened the creator said; cool I liked that one do it again, and then they wrote down what had happened and how the opponent attacked so that they may reproduce the scenario. These custom techniques were created because of the energy and body position of the attacker. If the attacker was of different size or came from a different angle or had a different body extension the counter technique would also vary. In practicing this way the student learns to not only create and adapt, but also the awareness of many other possibilities.
Since it is unlikely that everyone will attack in the same manner, or attempt to counter in the same manner, it is very important to constantly evolve ones awareness of multiple situations. Therefore in Seicho Jutsu the art has to keep on growing and evolving with different situations and scenarios.
We hope these 8 scenarios will inspire you to grow and evolve your martial art development and personal awareness.
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