Way of the Warrior Part 2
Modern Combative Training and Proactivity
In our last discussion we talked about proactive people in comparison to reactive people. Specifically, we talked about the character traits these individuals embody and how these two types communicate with the world around them. This included verbiage they used in speech, body language and their communication regarding their actions.
Over the last weekend my Dojo, The Budo Shingikan School of Japanese Martial Arts in Mesa Arizona, hosted a Multi-Martial Arts Seminar. We focused on showing our students different interpretations and vantage points on a single martial concept. That concept was the Japanese martial principle of Irimi, defined as “To Enter without Fear”.
We were fortunate to have Steven Nesky, a Master Instructor in Taekwondo and a very dear friend. We also had our very own Hanshi Stephen Ewing who focused specifically on the Tenshin Koryu Ninjutsu aspect within the Bushin Ryu Martial System. I of course added my two cents into the equation. Another good friend of mine, Sensei Tom Joanes from San Tan Aikido, provided the students with another perspective on Irimi. This event was truly wonderful and I believe that our students all benefited from having such a diverse level of explanation on the topic.
In large part Master Nesky discussed a few topics with which we see quite often in the Combatives world. He talked in great detail as to the O.O.D.A. Loop, and the Color Code of Awareness. If you are unfamiliar with these systems I encourage you to look them up and educate yourself on them. They are key elements to self-defense and personal protection in general.
The OODA Loop stands for, Observe, Orient, Decide, Act and describes a process for understanding the cycle with which action follows. The Color Code of Awareness describes a similar subject matter starting at Condition White, which is not paying attention to your surroundings at all. Condition Yellow is situational awareness (threat identification), Condition Orange is assessing a potential threat and, in my opinion, where target acquisition begins, and Condition Red is the state of action or that of target engagement. Now keep in mind this in not meant to be a comprehensive understanding of these principles but rather a brief synopsis of them.
Dedeuc D’Antonoli Sensei
Founder of the World Bushin Ryu Federation
Founder and Chief Instructor of The Budo Shingikan School of Japanese Martial Arts