Forty years on the path of Martial Arts led to the concept of Warrior’s Awareness, which has been informed by my experience, the Feldenkrais Method, and the teachings of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.
I learned much about Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais while researching the “Synergy of Martial Arts and the Feldenkrais Method”.
After 30 years of learning and teaching Martial Arts in Israel, France, and England, Dr. Feldenkrais developed his Method of mature learning based on the concept of Awareness through Movement (ATM).
Dr. Feldenkrais claimed that “Correction of movements is the best means of self-improvement”. How can movement be improved? By Awareness that reveals more possibilities/ alternatives. Awareness can be learned through Movement and Movement can be improved through Awareness.
According to Dr. Feldenkrais, Every action is combined of four elements: thought, emotion, sensation, movement. Those elements present the unity of Mind and Body in our life process and activities;”My contention is that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality, that they are not entities related to each other in one fashion or another, but an inseparable whole while functioning”.
Thus, by improving our movement we improve our ability to act.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi , the Soke of Bujinkan School, stated that Awareness is the most important factor for continuous improvement of the warrior’s Body Skill (Taijutsu) and to increasing potential. In other words, Awareness is essential for survival.
In his “The Book of Five Rings” Miyamoto Musashi wrote about five elements (Chi, Sui, Ka, Fu, Ku), but Hatsumi declared that Shiki (Awareness) is the sixth element.
On my trip to Japan, December 2008, Hatsumi gave my dojo the name Shiki. So my Dojo’s international name became “Bujinkan Shiki Dojo”.
When I met Soke on June 2009, he drew the Japanese words of Warrior’s Awareness for me. He explained that he used special, positive words, as he thinks that a warrior should spread peace and happiness with his Martial Arts practice.
Throughout the years, I have incorporated the Feldenkrais Method’s ATM (Awareness Through Movement) lessons with the teaching of martial arts. Ongoing research and witnessing the results of my teaching has proven the strong link of the Feldenkrais Method to survival and fighting techniques.
Dr. Feldenkrais had a natural fighter spirit. It is interesting that his Judo and Jujutsu books present more than just self defense techniques, they also contain a unique concept of learning. Learning more and more about Moshe Feldenkrais, I came to the decision to republish two self defense books by Dr. Feldenkrais. One of them “Practical Unarmed Combat”, published originally in 1942, is already on the shelves.
More relevant information about Dr. Feldenkrais, his Method, and the martial arts will be made available as my research progresses.
(Moti Nativ 2009)
Moshe Feldenkrais demonstrates,
with Mikonosuke Kawaishi
Jujutsu club - Paris 1938
"Warrior's Awareness" - as written by Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi