The Constants of Shorin-Ryu
occur in the absence of conscience thought." -Bubishi
*These are some of the constants that I have
learned for our system. They are not put into any order of importance,
rather they are placed in the order that I could think of them, been reminded of
them, and have learned them. These are things that should be applies to
all of the techniques that our students perform. If you have an questions
about these or the way that I have explained them here, or if you can think of
some that I have not mentioned, please email me at the link given below.
There are many constants to our system, and while I am sure that I have heard
many more then are present here, I for some reason can't think of them right
now. Another note on these, is that they can be applied to any system and
should, they follow all known laws of physics to make your techniques the
strongest and fastest that they can possible be. I also want to note that
this is my understanding of the constants as taught to my by Sensei Johnson.
I play to add farther explanation of each constant as I am able to type them
out. I would also like to note that there is always an exception to the
rule, so as I can, I will try and explain these exceptions (for example, when
performing a front kick one would not lead with the weapon, but would lead with
- Most of the time
lead a movement with the weapon you are attacking with.
- Always have your back foot slightly in
front of your front foot in relationship to the center of your opponentís body
- Look at your opponents entire body. You should be able to see from their head
to their toes.
- Try to never let the elbows leave your
body; this will result in greater leverage. When the elbows must leave the
body they should be the last thing to leave. The exception being when
throwing an elbow strike.
- Try to act
like there is a pole running all the way through your body, from your head to
the floor, and that you canít bend this pole. You should try to keep the
back straight and the head up. If you must lean on a kick, then lean on
the kick not before and not after!
- All of our blocks are based off of the
X-block, and all should be able to be related back to the X-block.
with the first two knuckles of your hand because these bones run the length of
the arm, they don't just end at the wrist. (other strikes might utilize
other parts of the hand)
- Most blocks
and strikes should be done with the weight transferring into the strike.
- When moving forward make sure to keep
the weight back until you know that it is safe to set the foot down. When
moving back you should keep the weight forward, until you know that it is safe
to set your foot down. You should never fall forwards or backwards.
- Try to shoot for 6 to 8 inches of
penetration on your technique.
- Never be stiff with your movements,
always be flowing and relaxed, you should only be tight on impact (try to
- Every block, strike, or kick should be
done with the least amount of movements (what we call "counts") as possible.
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