Entry level students of Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu begin their training with an overview of the Academy, the key personnel, the training program, and history. Physical training begins with instruction on the basics of Kumite Jutsu, Kata, Weapons, Bogu Kumite, stretching, strength training, and heavy bag work. As a beginner, the student is provided the opportunity to assess whether to pursue this form of martial art with commitment. In terms of equipment requirements, the initial cost to begin training is high in this level.
Martial Arts. To provide the student with the knowledge to recognize and avoid violent confrontations. To provide the student with the ability to de-escalate a potentially violent situation. To provide the student with the necessary anatomical and physiological education to understand the physical effects of his practical training. To provide the student with the R.O.E. (Rules of Engagement) of Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu. To provide the student with the moral guidelines involved in the usage of this deadly art.
Therefore let every man that is desirous to practice this Arte', endeavor himself to get strength and agility of body, assuring himself, that judgement without this activity and force, avails little or nothing. Giacomo di Grassi, 1570.
The following briefly describes the basic fighting principles that the student must know, and apply to successfully defeat an opponent.
The ability to maintain equilibrium and remain in a stable fighting position during an engagement. This is critical for deploying a defensive maneuver or posture, and for launching an effective attack against the opponent. There are two aspects of balance that the student must possess:
1. The student must develop the ability to move the body, utilizing such concepts as: stepping patterns; ensuring that the legs do not
lock out, and, generally, are kept about shoulder's width apart; lowering the body's center of gravity; static and dynamic balance.
2. Through training and experience, the student must be able to move his body during an engagement maintaining balance and stability; while, at the same time, exposing the opponent's weak points.
b) Mental Balance
Not allowing fear, excitement, or the
adrenaline dump to overcome the ability to concentrate or react skillfully during a fight.
The relative distance between individuals engaged in a fight. The student must learn how to position himself at a distance that is most advantageous. Adjustments to this distance is continuous during the engagement and ensures that the student maintains the most beneficial range between himself and the opponent.d) Timing
The student must learn, though experience, the best time, during an attack, to move to a favorable position, or employ his counterattack. If the movement is too soon, the opponent will be able to respond and set up a counter, or, adjust his attack. Conversely, if the student moves too late, the opponent will be successful in delivering his attack; usually at the moment the student is most vulnerable.e) Positioning
The location of the student in relation to his opponent. Moving the body to a place that allows for simultaneous attack and defense is the goal of positioning. Many, but not all, times this is accomplished by moving somewhere off the line of attack. Movement to an accommodating position will require accurate timing and distance perception.f) Momentum
Momentum describes the body's tendency, while in motion, to continue in the direction of motion; unless, acted upon by another force. The greater the mass or speed of the movement, the greater the momentum. This is a principle that can be effectively exploited during attacks. The student can control the momentum of an attack, redirect the momentum behind the strike, and, provided the student understands the principles behind momentum, the following can be acted upon:1. The student can use the opponent's momentum to advantage; by moving in, along, or to the side of the opponent's attack.