February 23rd, 2014
Kyoshi David Baker,Chief Administrator,
Our targets, selected by the Shinden, are uniquely effective and vulnerable.
And precise. The size of a dime.
the small, center bulls-eye of a target at an archery
or rifle range, we also aim at a small bull's-eye, rather
than merely launching projectiles down-range.
(We don't always hit the bull's-eye, naturally, but we always
aim for it.) In fact, the human-shaped targets at a range
are of a head and torso, with the "bull's-eye"
in the center of each, which are the same precise targets
as our Jo-dan and Chu-dan targets of nose (brain) and xiphoid
process (solar plexus).
On the other hand, if we miss the exact bullseye, yet hit our opponent, we can still do damage. Master Ueshiro was a great believer in attacking with full commitment and power. Therefore, a closely missed strike will usually damage the area around the target and may still elicit the desired result.
of course the precise target, struck with force, is the
goal of any striking technique. Done properly, one such
strike should, ideally, neutralize our opponent and end
years ago, a Black Belt at Hombu conducted an experiment
for his course work at chiropractic college. He had a number
of us thrust the point of a wooden bo through a steel ring,
whose hole was approximately two inches in diameter. We
were then separated randomly into three groups. One practiced
the exercise. One visualized the exercise. And the third
group spent half their time practicing and half visualizing.