Sensei Daniel Gobillot, Shihan- Northampton Ueshiro Pine Forest
class begins and and at the end of each formal class we kneel
down sitting in the seiza position.
To do this you would lower yourself first to the left knee and
then to the
right. The knees should be separated by roughly the width of
At this point you will find yourself propped up on your toes
buttock on your heels. Turn your feet over sitting again on
with the tops of your feet flat on the deck.
Place your hands palm down with the fingers facing in on your
tall with a straight back and your chin slightly down. Posture
This is called "chakuza"
Many dojo use this command "MOKUSO" or "OTHER
WORDS" delivered forcefully
to signal the transition of, before class warm ups to formal
At this time place the left hand on top of the right hand in
front of your
"hara" center in a cupped fashion. Bring the thumbs
together but not
Feel the energy flowing from one to the other, your will still
be able to
slip a piece of rice paper between them. The thumbs will not
peak or a valley.
You could hold an egg safely in your right palm. Close your
eyes but not
tightly. Leave a slit of light between your lids but do not
focus on it.
Be aware of the light and how you can still see all through
lids. See without seeing.
Part your lips and vent your body breathing naturally. Calm
the before practice exertion. Place the tip of your tongue at
the roof of
your mouth behind your front upper teeth.
We use these
moments to ready ourselves mentally and physically for our
"Moku" means to silence and "so" means thoughts.
Attempt to empty your
mind of the inevitable and continuous stream of mental babble.
difficult to achieve.
I am often asked by my deshi "How do I stop my thoughts?,
How do I empty
I can not remember when, in my training, that I learned this
but I do
remember when I could not do it.
I began practicing meditation before I found karate so I decided
techniques similar to my meditation to control my out of control
Rather than use a "mantra" I would count silently
to myself. At that time
it worked for me until I found that I could empty my mind naturally
This part of my training I've always loved and enjoyed because
that I am back in the dojo again training.
With vigorous training you may find your mind empty at the end
for "mukoso" and your transition back your life outside
shihan- Northampton Ueshiro Pine Forest Karate