Jishu Geiko, A Guide to Solo Kobudo Training

In this episode, we go deep into the concept of “Jishu Geiko” 自主稽古 or independent practice in martial arts, emphasizing the transformative effects of solo training on physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This reflection underscores the significance of establishing stable routines, incorporating meditation practices, and controlling all aspects of oneself for optimal performance.

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Key takeaways include:

  • The importance of solo training in enhancing fitness routines and mastering specific techniques daily.
  • Maintaining a purposeful workout routine to foster growth and development.
  • Emphasizing the value of journaling progress, utilizing specific tools, and keeping a notebook for enhanced learning and mental recall.

Moreover, we explore the power of visualization techniques in mental preparation for activities ranging from martial arts training to weightlifting and chess. Through examples of successful individuals, we witness the profound impact of visualization on physical outcomes and skill development.

Additional highlights include:

  • Understanding the role of solo 'kaso teki' and partnered training in enhancing visualization and technique improvement.
  • Discussing the significance of consistent commitment, mindset training, and proper form for effective progress in martial arts.
  • The benefits of aligning solo practice routines with personal goals, incorporating visualization techniques, and focusing on body mechanics for positive life changes.

If you are interested in stepping further into my work, below are links to help you better understand the Yasuragi Dojo and opportunities that may help in your path in Kobudo study.

Once again, thank you for spending time here ~ Adam





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The Yasuragi Dojo is a school of Traditional Japanese Martial Arts, teaching the traditions of our teacher, Manaka Unsui and the International Jinenkan organization. Our Dojo preserves the arts of Ninpo, Jujutsu, Kenjutsu and Classical Weaponry. Collectively, our art is called Jissen Kobudo.

We have proudly served the Hudson Valley of New York since 1998, with our Dojo located in the hamlet of Mahopac. Our Dojo has served our global community of students and training groups through our online programs since 2007. If you are interested in joining our Dojo, please inquire directly for information.

About The Jinenkan: Developed by Lieutenant Colonel Fumio Manaka, the international Jinenkan organization is a complete martial art system characterized by it’s traditions of authentic Kobudō, the classical fighting forms of Japan’s Samurai.