Sword and spirit-ancient art of Japanese fencing for boys of Ashgabat

Sword and spirit-ancient art of Japanese fencing for boys of Ashgabat

Oriental martial arts include set of kinds – judo, aikido, ju-jitsu, karate and others in which as a basic weapon the body of a sportsman serves. However, besides hand-to-hand techniques there are also combinations of combat fencing with a sword – kendo do and ken-jitsu.

Not so long ago in Ashgabat a sports club for practice of ancient Japanese art of fencing by wooden swords has opened. The techniques of ken-jitsu do not assume corporal contact and is designed basically for speed of reaction of a fighter. During practice the fighting spirit, mind and body are trained. The coach opens for his students the philosophy of ancient martial art and main principles of mastering of sword.

– I started to go in for sports since I was six, – sensei Parakhat Baylyev says. – At first I practiced aikido, and then mastered ken-jitsu. My father – Shamuhammed Baylyev, a famous sportsman in Turkmenistan was a head coach for me, and was also the holder of III dan in aikido. https://orient.tm/turkmenskij-master-nagrazhden-za-vkla/. For several years now I have been teaching aikido, and have decided that ken-jitsu will be also interesting for boys, therefore have opened an additional sports section. The training technique was developed for children from eight. Beginners and those who are interested can attend a trial training class, at the beginning of a class we repeat base techniques. For trainings we have all necessary equipment, including wooden swords – bokken.

Ancient bokken where «bo» is a tree, and «ken» – a sword, is an integral part of culture of Japan. Thanks to schools of ken-jitsu, bokken has gained a huge value and has become the best alternative to the present sword. The wooden model is less dangerous, but by shape and similarity reminds the present sword of the Samurai.

Development of ken-jitsu techniques positively influences development of flexibility, coordination of movements, force and physical endurance. First of all, the doctrine is associated with ability to think and conducts in accordance with ways of “Zen”. Spiritual education takes an important place at school of ken-jitsu, where the control over emotions and discipline – a keystone to success. As an Oriental wisdom says: «fearless is the one in whose hand is the sword of peace».

– In spite of the fact that the sword is wooden, it looks like the same as a real one and demands attention and concentration. The weapon handle has a special protection which is called – « tsuka», it protects fingers of a sportsman from blow, – Parakhat says. – In trainings I attach great attention to «katas» which are such exercises on which all techniques of ken-jitsu are based. There are rather many «katas», having studied all of them, a sportsman can independently show a demonstrative performance.

In the teaching of ken-jitsu it is forbidden to think of victory as it can lead to the loss of self-control, infringement of breath and easing of muscles in advance. The way to mastery in combat fencing lies in a special way of thinking where breath is combined with making a blow. The first blow by sword and every following one should be identical.

The mastering of techniques of ken-jitsu can become for the child a basic one and a good school before entering into an adult life. Thanks to practice of Oriental martial arts children develop self-trust, cultivate personality and character. He learns to avoid the conflict well and if it is necessary to stand for oneself, without panic, fear and aggression he can cope with the attack directed to him. The child grows healthy both physically and psychologically.

Selbi Charyeva