Kumite is more than just punching and kicking each other, it is training the mind to be able to respond quickly against another
person who is trying to hurt you, as well as training your body to absorb impact. These
are two crucial parts of martial training that cannot be over looked.
In a real fight, someone
is going to be coming at you, not in a fixed position like kata, but with everything that they have, you have to see this
and respond correctly.
THE BUDO RYU KAI IS NOT A COMPETITION SCHOOL
The Budo Ryu teaches
seven old family traditions designed for life and death in the time of feudal Japan.
The techniques that these arts employ are illegal in the sport competitions,
however; the training practice of kumite is a must if you want to sharpen the mind and be able to respond in a very quick,
Kumite (組手) means sparring, and is one of the three main sections of Budo training, along with kata and kihon. Kumite is the part of karate in which you train against an adversary, using the techniques
learned from the kihon and kata.
Kumite can be used to develop a particular technique or a skill
(e.g. effectively judging and adjusting your distance from your opponent) or it can be done in competition.
Impact Conditioning teach the student how to deliver very power strikes. It is only logical, then,
that some martial arts would develop conditioning methods to also be able to absorb powerful strikes without suffering injury.
Impact Conditioning allows the student to toughen up various parts
of his body so that if he or she is struck in combat, he is not injured as badly as he would be otherwise. Impact Conditioning
is introduced slowly and is usually broken into a few different methods.
Internal component - "internal"
usually refers to "breath" or "chi". The internal component of iron body training usually consists of various exercises and
may also include some meditation as well. The internal part of the conditioning is designed to calm and relaxed the student
as well as increase his or her “chi” and move the energy to the part of the body that is going to be trained.
External component –
“external” usually involves striking oneself with various objects. In
the beginning, the strikes are done very softly and progression should be made very slowly. Care must be taken not to cause
injury to progress too fast. Over a period of months, the strikes are increased in power and eventually reps may be added,
too, although if the reps are increased, they are done so very slowly to the course of 1 rep extra per week. Over time, the
student begins to develop tolerance to strikes in the trained areas of the body. It
is important to note that the sensitivity is not being dulled. A master of impact conditioning can still feel the softest
touch to his body. This is the result of correct iron body training rather than someone who haphazardly hits himself trying
to kill his nerve endings.
Healing component –
This is the use of Chinese herbal liniments designed to promote “chi” flow and blood flow and help the body heal
after each training session. It is usually massaged into the area of the body that was trained.
Training typically starts with the forearms, and then progresses
to the shins, and possibly the abdomen, chest, back, and head. This type of training should only be done under the guidance
of a qualified instructor.
In feudal Japan if the ninja was captured they would be tortured until
they gave up the information. The ninja trained in the art of endurance and perseverance. And In this type of training the
philosophy is no matter what you do to me I will endure and eventually prevail!
The Budo Ryu Kai heavily emphasizes physical and mental conditioning with the program. All forms of training from resistance training to cardiovascular training will be
implemented to help develop the students in their path of Budo.