Technical program of Wanomichi

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All Wanomichi instructors follow this training program and perfect it themselves in this Way. The practice of Wanomichi is divided into 4 parts according to the following program:

 

1 - Kaizen Dosa:

a) Preparatory exercises created by Daniel Toutain for assimilating the fundamental principles of Iwama's techniques. Exercises with empty hands or with a jo, alone or with a partner.

b) Preparation and physical development for Wanomichi practitioners from Ashtanga Yoga.

 

2 - Taijutsu: All the body arts, with one or several partners, from the program that was taught in Iwama.

 

3 - Bukiwaza: Wa no Ken and Wa no Jo: Techniques with the Ken (wooden sword) and the Jo (a staff of 1.28 metres or more, depending on the height of the student) with one or several partners. Techniques that were only taught to Iwama in Japan and which are supplemented by many variations.

4 - Bukidori: Bare hand techniques against the Ken, Jo or Tanken (kind of dagger), with one or several partners. Always according to the basic Iwama program and with variations and applications.

 

The training is divided into three main progressing stages:

1 - Depth study of the basic techniques and understanding of the fundamental principles: Kihon

2 - Fluid forms proceeding from the basic program: Ki no Nagare

3 - Application of the fundamental principles in a freer, creative execution of the techniques: Takemusu

• Wa no Ken: The Sword of Harmony, of Peace

• Wa no Jo: The Staff of Harmony, of Peace

• Kaizen Dosa: The word "kaizen" is a fusion of two Japanese words: "kai" and "zen", which mean "change" and "better" respectively. The current translation is "continuous improvement" or "analyse to make better".

• Ashtanga Yoga: It is a dynamic Yoga comprising postures accompanied by stretches with positions that  accumulate the vital breath in the deep parts of the body tissues by the synchronisation of movements with breathing. Some postures favour a dramatic "sheathing" of the body. The centre of the body guides all movements as it does in Japanese Budo. Yoga means "Union".