Soke talks about balance quite a bit.  But was really does he mean by balance? Being a translator for Soke, I’m the first to say that some things are lost in translation, but words are the source of all evil according to Japanese Buddhism anyway.

 

Soke is off balance.  That’s right, his balance is off.  That’s why he is free to move.  He is at a point that can be free to go anywhere at anytime depending on the change of the attack of the opponent.  

Think about it.  If you look at Soke, his kamae, or even better said lack of kamae, is small, refined and unpredictable.  We were taught in the early days to have wide, stable kamae.  So stable that actually you really cannot move from this position.

 

So I urge all Bujinkan members to find your off balance point.  But don’t misunderstand this post in thinking that you can get there by shortcut.  The basics must be internalized before this works or makes sense.  You must first have a form to break; otherwise your taijutsu will be empty.

Being off balance also puts the opponent to a disadvantage and makes attacks and movement predictable.

Clearly one of the secrets of this art, or Budo in general, is to be in balance, off balance.