sabaki method

Enshin Karate's Sabaki Method with living legend Kancho Joko Ninomiya and his sons Mike Ninomiya, Koichi Ichiban Ninomiya and Jota Ninomiya.

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To Master the Supreme Philosophy of Enshin Karate, Look to Musashi's Book of Five Rings for Guidance!

In the martial arts, we voluntarily subject ourselves to conflict in a training environment so we can transcend conflict in the real world. After all, we wouldn't knowingly train in a style that makes us weaker or worsens our position. The irony of all this is that we don't want to fight our opponent. We prefer to work with what an opponent gives us to turn the tide in our favor, to resolve the situation effectively and efficiently.The Japanese have a word for this: sabaki. It means to work with energy efficiently. When we train with the sabaki mindset, we receive our opponent's attack, almost as a gift. Doing so requires less physical effort and frees up our mental operating system so it can determine the most efficient solution to the conflict.In this essay, I will present a brief history of sabaki, as well as break down the sabaki method using Miyamoto Musashi's five elements

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Mike Ninomiya

Black Belt presents a LIVE karateka training session with Mike Ninomiya son of the Enshin Karate founder Joko Ninomiya.

Vice Koncho Mitsuyuki "Mike" Ninomiya is an 8th DAN in Enshin Karate and former world champion. Son of the Enshin Karate founder Joko Ninomiya, Mike is the Vice Koncho of his fathers original Enshin Karate honbu in Denver, Colorado. Mike's father is also founder of The Sabaki Challenge

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