Posted by Brian Baxter February 15, 2005

"The "Short Form"Over the last ten years or so, in the greater Seattle area, a small group of Tracy's Black Belts, including myself, have been taking lessons from GM Woodcock of Aikijitsu, Shinobi Jitsu and Chin-Na. There are no Kosho-Ryu instructors in the area but there is a small contingency of Shorinji Kempo but the location of that school is logistically not to anyone's advantage. GM Woodcock is 80 years old and started training at age 7 years. Over the decades GM Woodcock has rubbed elbow with Ed Parker, Al Novak, Masutatsu Oyama, Koichi Tohei, Walter Todd, Bruce Lee to name just a few. GM Woodcock's opinions on martial arts technical data is highly valued. The primary objective of learning this art from GM Woodcock was to improve our expertise and understanding of the effectiveness of the techniques of Tracy's Kenpo including pressure point fighting. It is pretty obvious by observing the techniques taught by GM Woodcock that there is some how a connection to the techniques that are taught in Tracy's. Granted, there is only so many ways a human body can move and a combative self defense solution to an attack by one or many adversaries irregardless of where in the world and in what century the combat self defense system was developed, would look similar, however when the solution is too close then one would have to be suspicious that there might be a common origin.None the less, after a few years of practicing this art this small group of Kenpo black belts, have come to the conclusion that, for the most part, the Tracy's Kenpo techniques (War Arts) are the "bail out" techniques. GM Woodcock has observed "Kenpo" techniques demonstrated not only by ourselves but associates of Ed Parker. We presented our conclusions to him about the Tracy's techniques being the "bail out" of a set of more advanced techniques. He said that what he concluded is that the majority of the techniques that he has observed are the "short form" of a more advanced technique. This would be very common in Aikijitsu, Shinobi Jitsu and all the derivatives thereof, especially in case of a society under stress as in a period of War. Teaching the "core" short form of any family of techniques would be good foundation to launch from. Once this core set of technique training is perfected, then the more and more advanced techniques would be taught. This would make perfect sense as some of the more advanced techniques would take a while to develop. The mind set, the timing, signals, kiai, mental projections to get an emotional response to off balance an attacker or attackers, mentally, physically, spiritually(the will to fight), the targets to hit with what weapon and when etc, would take some time to perfect, perhaps many, many years.In conclusion, in my opinion and that of my colleagues is, the proof of the Mitose connection to the Yoshida families is in the techniques themselves. (The oldest techniques the better.) The Atemi of Aikijitsu and the more advanced Shinobi Jitsu that we have been exposed to, does in fact look like the "Kenpo" techniques and possible have come from the same family, clan or regional art."
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