Fudoshin Weapons Class

Learn from Australia's Premier Weapons Exponent of over 40 years. This comprehensive system will improve all areas of training & will compliment any style. Some weapons provided but if you have them bring them!

Soke Tony Ball - Shodai Soke, AOFA (Australia)

Tony Ball started his Martial Arts journey with Sensei Lawrence in 1969 by attending Judo classes. Soon after, he started to train in Jujutsu, Karate and Weaponry with Sensei Lawrence also. Over the following 13 years, he trained 5-7 days per week, following his Sensei wherever he was teaching as well as being the only person to attend all of the infamous 'All-day seminars' taught by Sensei Lawrence; where one would train 2-hours each in Judo, Jujutsu, Karate and Weaponry in a day.

Tony was Sensei Lawrences number-one student and had achieved 3rd-dan in Judo, Jujutsu and Karate, as well as the rank of Weapons Master, when he immigrated to Australia in 1982 with his family. He soon started teaching Fudoshin in Frankston, Victoria (about 45 minutes outside Melbourne). Tony formed the Association of Oriental Fudoshin Arts (AOFA) and has been training/teaching ever since. He now spends his time teaching the Black Belts and advanced ranks in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. He has also, recently, been asked to further develop Fudoshin skills and philosophy for the Fudoshin Association in England and specifically with Sensei Kevin, one of the most senior ranked students of Soke Lawrence. At the Yamagawa Dojo, we are fortunate to have Soke Ball live so close to us that he frequents the club giving advanced instruction in Fudoshin. In 1999, Soke Ball named his son, Darren Ball, as the representative for Fudoshin in Victoria. Soke Ball teaches at the Honbu (headquarters) of the AOFA in Frankston, Victoria.
For full details about Soke Tony Ball and his training history, click here.

Fudoshin - the word

Fudoshin is a word first coined by Takuan Soho, a Japanese Zen monk who wrote a famous treatise on swordsmanship. Also known as 'Iwa no Mi', or 'Body of the Rock', the concept of Fudoshin was adopted and further developed by the legendary swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. Fudoshin is best translated as the 'Immovable Spirit'.

  • FU - is a prefix meaning 'non' or 'not'
  • DO - means movement, or moving (not, as is sometimes mistaken for, DO/MICHI which means a path). So we have FU DO, or Non-movable
  • SHIN - This character (Kokoro) has a much deeper and more profound meaning than simply 'spirit', but 'spirit' is probably the best English word for transliteration purposes. The character Kokoro can, and often does, mean heart, mind, will (as in willpower), spirit (in both the human endeavour-kind as well as the more spiritual-kind), intention, purpose, character and essence. It is an oriental concept that is generally estimated in English as 'spirit' or 'heart'.

Thus, Fudoshin Ryu (our system) is best translated as the School of the Unbreakable Spirit. Despite it's 'tough' sounding translation, Fudoshin refers to a state of mental and spiritual peace, a state of equanimity where the 'self' is not disturbed by external or internal things.

What is Fudoshin?

The term Fudoshin is used often in many Japanese Martial Arts systems. It is a state that many Bugeisha (practitioners of Martial Arts) train towards. Fudoshin is often used together with other states of mind including Shoshin (beginners mind), Zanshin (aware/remaining mind), Mushin (empty mind) and Heijoshin (normal mind).

In the context of Martial Arts, Fudoshin is the state where the Warrior can not be distracted or disturbed. The mind is said to be 'unfettered', even to the point that when an attack does come, the body-mind reacts without reservation or even conscious awareness/thought. Such a state is extremely hard to achieve, thus it's roles in the practice of Martial Arts.

Class by invitation only.

 

Fudoshin Weapons Syllabus

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Bo - The Long Staff

  1. Show three guard positions.
  2. Show ten methods of striking.
  3. Show five methods of thrusting.
  4. Show five other methods of attack.
  5. Demonstrate ten methods of defence and counter attack against the Bo.
  6. Demonstrate ten methods of blocking.
  7. Demonstrate three methods of overcoming a Sentry.
  8. Demonstrate five methods of disengaging.
  9. Kata (Fudoshin Bo kata No. 1)
  10. Combination attacks (direct assault)
    • Kick and Bo
    • Jump kick and Bo         
    • Fist and Bo
    • Hand and Bo
    • Bo and Atemi

Advanced certificate only –

  1. Contest against Bo
  2. Contest against Sword

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Jo - The Short Stick

(Jo must be between 3' and 4' in length)

  1. Show the following positions (with correct style and stances):-
    • Ready position
    • High Guard
    • Middle Guard
    • Side Guard
    • Normal Guard
  2. Demonstrate speed and accuracy in five different thrusting attacks.
  3. Demonstrate speed and accuracy in fifteen different cuts with the Jo.
  4. Demonstrate methods of
    • Prodding
    • Bar strikes
  5. Demonstrate ten different methods of Blocking
  6. Demonstrate to submission seven different locks.
  7. Demonstrate three methods of attacking a sentry.
  8. Five defences and counter attacks against unarmed attack.
  9. Five defences and counter attacks against sword attack.
  10. Kata (Fudoshin Jo Kata No. 1)

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Sword
  2. Contest against Atemi

Contest against Atemi

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Kama - The Twin Sickles

  1. Demonstrate three guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate ten methods of double cutting.
  3. Demonstrate five methods of single cutting.
  4. Demonstrate five methods of defence against an    unarmed assault.
  5. Demonstrate five defences against Sword attacks.
  6. Kata (Fudoshin Kama Kata No. 1)
  7. Demonstrate five disengagements.
  8. Show methods of changing hand positions.
  9. Show methods of capturing and attack.
  10. Demonstrate throwing techniques.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Naginata
  2. Contest against Katana

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Katana - The Long Sword

  1. Demonstrate five guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate five Sword carrying techniques against assault.
  3. Demonstrate the following: -
    • Three methods of drawing and cutting
    • Three methods of chiburi (sword cleansing)
    • Three methods of sheathing
  4. Show ten blocks and counter attacks against the sword
  5. Show three defences against two sword attackers
  6. Show fifteen different methods of sword attack
  7. Kata (Fudoshin Katana Kata No.1 – The rice bowl Kata)
  8. Kata (Fudoshin Katana Kata No.2 – Fudoshin movement Kata)
  9. Kata (Fudoshin Katana Kata No.3 – Blocking Kata)
  10. Demonstration of control, power, speed in actual cutting techniques
  11. Four different unarmed defences against the sword.
  12. Four disengagement techniques

Advanced certificate only

  1. Contest against Sword
  2. Contest against Spear

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Weapons Master

Must have qualified to advanced certificate in any five of the following weapons:-

  1. Yawara Bo Shot 6" stick
  2. Tanto Dagger or knife
  3. Nunchucka Chained clubs
  4. Jo Short stick
  5. Bo Staff or long pole
  6. Katana Long Sword
  7. Tonfa Swinging clubs
  8. Sai Two dagger-like implements
  9. Yari Spear
  10. Shuriken Darts or Stars
  11. Yumi Bow
  12. Kama Sickle

The Katana must be one of the five weapons.

Must demonstrate techniques with the following improvised weapons:-

  1. Swing club
  2. Garrotte
  3. Knuckle Dusters
  4. Newspaper or book
  5. Write a thesis on practical self-defence including the use of improvised weapons.
  6. Pass the written examination set for all Shodan (First Dan Black Belts in the AOFA).
  7. Have sat on the examination board in gradings in his/her own weapons to the satisfaction of another weapon master or the AOFA controller.
  8. Must show the ability in the teaching of his/her own qualified weapons to students.

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Nihon Jo - The Twin Sticks

  1. Demonstrate three guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate ten methods of double striking.
  3. Demonstrate five methods of single striking.
  4. Demonstrate five methods of defence against an unarmed assault.
  5. Demonstrate five defences against sword attack.
  6. Kata (Fudoshin Nihon Jo Kata)
  7. Demonstrate five disengagements.
  8. Methods of changing hand positions.
  9. Methods of thrusting.

Advanced Certificates Only

  1. Contest against other weapons.

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Nunchaku - Chained Clubs

  1. Demonstrate three guard positions with correct style and stance.
  2. Demonstrate ten different locks to submission.
  3. Demonstrate five defences and counter attacks against sword attacks.
  4. Demonstrate five defences and counter attacks against Atemi attacks.
  5. Show ten methods of attacking other than swinging the Nunchaku.
  6. Answer the following Questions:-
    • What is a Nunchaku?
    • Give a description & explain origin and fighting connections
  7. Kata (Fudoshin Nunchaku Kata No. 1).
  8. Demonstrate twenty different swinging techniques.
  9. Demonstrate five combination movements (direct assault):-
    • Foot and Nunchucka
    • Hand and Nunchucka
    • Seizure and Nunchucka
    • Nunchucka swing and thrust
    • Nunchucka and Atemi
  10. Demonstrate ten methods of blocking.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Sword
  2. Contest against Atemi

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Sai - 3 Pronged Dagger

  1. Demonstrate three basic guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate twenty methods of striking.
  3. Demonstrate ten methods of blocking.
  4. Demonstrate ten defences and counter attacks against the Sword.
  5. Demonstrate ten defences against Atemi assault.
  6. Kata (Fudoshin Sai Kata No. 1)
  7. Show three combination assaults (direct assault): -
    • Foot and Sai
    • Sai and foot
    • Multiple Sai assault
  8. Demonstrate ten disengagements.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Spear or Bo
  2. Contest against Sword

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Shuriken - Throwing Star / Darts

  1. With one shuriken in each hand, demonstrate ten double attacking methods.
  2. Demonstrate sixteen disengagements.
  3. Overarm throw (reasonable accuracy over twenty feet).
  4. Underarm throw (reasonable accuracy over ten feet).
  5. Cross body throw (reasonable accuracy over thirty feet).
  6. Demonstrate sixteen combination attacks with one Shuriken.
  7. Show five defences against unarmed assault.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Demonstrate other methods of throwing
  2. Double throwing
  3. Single throwing from knees
  4. Single throwing from lying position
  5. Single throwing to rear

NOTE: Throwing techniques are not allowed in the Dojo!

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Tanto - The Knife

Student must supply:-

  • One wooden knife replica
  • One blunt metal knife replica
  • One real knife sharpened
  1. Demonstrate three guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate ten disengagements using the knife to escape.
  3. Demonstrate ten direct attacks.
  4. Demonstrate ten defences and counter attacks against unarmed assault (show sheathing methods).
  5. Demonstrate five defences against Sword attacks.
  6. Demonstrate five unarmed defences against knife attacks.
  7. Demonstrate five unarmed defences against knife restraining holds.
  8. Kata (Fudoshin Tanto Kata No. 1).
  9. Methods of holding the knife.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Knife
  2. Contest against Atemi

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Tonfa - Swing Clubs

  1. Show three guard positions with correct style and stance.
  2. Show ten different methods of attack with each hand.
  3. Show ten different methods of blocking.
  4. Kata (Fudoshin Tonfa Kata No. 1).
  5. Show five defences against the sword with counter attack.
  6. Show five combination attacks (direct assult).
  7. Show five defences against Atemi attack.
  8. Combined attacks (direct assult).
    • Foot and Tonfa
    • Fist and Tonfa
    • Throws and Tonfa
    • Tonfa and Kick
  9. Show ten methods of disengagement

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Yari - The Spear

  1. Demonstrate five guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate three methods of Chiburi (Spear cleansing)
  3. Demonstrate ten defences against Sword attack.
  4. Demonstrate twenty different methods of attack.
  5. Demonstrate five disengaging methods from spear held.
  6. Demonstrate five disengaging methods from body held.
  7. Kata (Fudoshin Yari Kata No. 1).
  8. Theory (Other uses of Spear).
  9. Show five defences against two attackers.
  10. Unarmed defence against Spear attack.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Spear
  2. Contest against Sword

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Yawara Bo - Short 6" Stick

  1. Demonstrate three different guard positions.
  2. Demonstrate five locking methods to point of submission.
  3. Demonstrate seven methods of blocking.
  4. Show the vulnerable areas of the human body and demonstrate different methods of hitting these areas.
  5. Show five combination movements (direct assault):-
    • Foot and Yawara Bo
    • Hand and Yawara Bo
    • Fist and Yawara Bo
    • Seizure and Yawara Bo
    • Yawara Bo and Atemi
  6. Ten disengagements using the Yawara Bo to escape.
  7. Ten counters to Atemi attack.
  8. Kata (Fudoshin Yawara Bo Kata No. 1)
  9. Show methods of turning Yawara Bo in the hand to demonstrate six different holding methods.

Advanced Certificate Only

  1. Contest against Atemi
  2. Contest Against Knife

 

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