Sogo Budo (Integrated Martial Arts) DVDs
A NEW DVD SERIES!
Tony Annesi's MASTER CLASSES
An Aiki term coined by Soke Don Angier (Yanagi-ryu), Back Pressure can be applied to any martial art. Hanshi Annesi uses examples from Aiki, Judo, Karate, and Seiken Budo to illustrate methods by which this subtl idea can add ease and power to commonly used techniques. (2 hours)
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Every martial art uses both unified and segmented body movement. But few students understand how and when to use either. With examples form aiki, karate, judo, and seiken budo, Hanshi Annesi leads the martial artist to a deeper understanding of these important concepts that make techniques both stronger and easier to apply.
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Trapping is a logical extension of Receiving, Elbow Awareness, Segmented Body Motion, and Yeilding. Hanshi Annesi uses examples from Karate as well as from Seiken Budo to illustrate how you can easily add both offensive and defensive trapping to your self defense arnsenal. (2 hours)
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The essence of Elbow Awareness is simple: pay attention to your own and your opponent's elbow. However, its applications are myriad in many different martial arts. Hanshi Annesi uses examples from Uechi, Isshin, Wing-chun, aiki, judo, and Seiken Budo to give a sense of the breadth of this fundamental concept. (2 hours)
The Second 5 Master Classes
Hard & Soft Passing , Yielding & Leading, Methods of Receiving, Alignment, and Principles Applied 2
A review and summary of many principles previous covered in the Master Class series with emphasis on Passing, Yielding & Leading, Receiving, Methods of Throwing, Off-balancing, and Weight Control. Hanshi Annesi offers all new examples from Judo, aiki, Karate, and Seiken Budo. A great way to review or a fine place to begin the study of principles. (2 hours)
Passing Hard & Soft
Passing is an extension of Receiving and leads to Trapping. Use passing to move the opponent, to get to his opposite side, or to guide him into a strike or disadvantageous position. Using examples from Aiki, Karate, Judo and Seiken Budo, Hanshi Annesi illustrates siimple "hard" passes, hard-soft passes, and flowing soft passes that quickly reduce the opponent to a defensive state and increase the chances of controlling him.
To receive an attack,you may block it or yield ground so it misses you, but to maintian control of the opponent, Yielding must lead to Leading. Using examples from Boxing, Judo, Aiki, and Karate, Hanshi Annesi explains various methods of controling both the opponent's body and his mind to maximize self-defense success with minimal effort. (2 hours, 10 min.)
The proper Translation of "uke-waza" is not Blocking but Receiving. You may receive an attack by striking it, deflecting it, baiting it, or avoiding it altogether. The skill of your receiving technique determines the possibilities for your counter. Using examples from both Karate and Aiki, Hanshi Annesi explains the richness of this category of skills and its value in the serious study of advanced budo. (2 hours)
The study of Alignment has more variation and depth than is first apparent. The principle can apply to judo grips, facing a karate sparring partner, or arranging one's limbs to make an aiki throw easier. Using examples from judo, karate, aiki, and Takeshin Seiken Budo, Kyoshi Annesi explains the richness of this seemingly simple principle and its value in the serious study of advanced budo. (120 min.)
The First 5 Master Classes
Principles Appied 1, Methods of Throwing, Aspects of Off-balancing, The Martial Use of Structuring, and The Martial Us eof Weight Control--5 DVDs, 10.5 hours of instruction. (See details and DVD SAMPLES below).
Principles are only valuable when they can be applied. They will vary according to the situation and the background of the martial artist. In this fascinating summary of four previous Master Classes, Kyoshi Annesi uses examples from Judo, Aiki, Karate, and Takeshin Seiken Budo, as well as student's contributions, to illustrate how principles combine to form unlimited self-defense techniques. COMPLETELY NEW! (2 hours, 10 min.)
Having understood off-balancing, you can progress to throwing, but there are so many different kinds of throws that it is difficult to understand what makes them work. Using examples from Judo, Aiki, Karate, and Takeshin Seiken Budo, Kyoshi Annesi reveals a simple way to categorize throws so you can easily analyze them and absorb the essence of what makes them work. (2 hours, 15 min.)
Kuzushi (off-balancing) was the secret Dr. Jigoro Kano discovered before founding Judo. Today that secret is taken for granted but, as the same time, is poorly understood. Using examples from Judo, Aiki, Karate and Takeshin Seiken Budo, Kyoshi Annesi details various ways to subtly off-balance an opponent either to throw, to structure, or to follow-up with strikes. (2 hours, 15 min.)
Structuring for martial arts teaches both positive structuring for yourself and negatively the structuring of your opponent. Using examples from Aiki, Shotokan, Isshin, Uechi, Kempo, and Takeshin Karate, Kyoshi Annesi details various ways to test your own stability and use your opponent's stability to make him uncomfortably immobile. (2 hours.)
Often the three principal uses of body weight (dropping, shifting, and turning) are overlooked in martial arts study and yet the proper use of one's weight can make defense and counterattack efficient, powerful, and difficult to perceive. Using examples from Judo, Aiki, Karate and Seiken Budo, Kyoshi Tony Annesi details various ways to apply subtle weight changes so you can use them in your own art. (120 min.)
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3 DVDs, 5 hours
TRANSMUTATION (Part I)
Hanshi Bruce Juchnik (Sei Kosho Shorei Kai) and Shihan Tony Annesi (Takeshin Sogo Budo) teach you how to unify the arts by showing that, with small adjustments, a Lock is a Block is a Blow is a Throw. Bruce Juchnik is known for his relaxed presentation of unusual concepts. Tony Annesi is known for his organized and clear analysis of techniques. With them, you'll move from style to style, from technical shape to technical shape to bring many martial arts into the same family. Learn how form varies not only according to function but also according to cultural preference. The differences in styles are not in effectiveness but in appearance and sometimes incidental detail. When you can transmute your favorite blow into a throw, you have soft within your hard style. When you can transmute your favorite lock into a block, you have hard within your soft style. (1.5 hours.)
TRANSMUTATION (Part II)
Hanshi Juchnik on "always move twice" and "caging". Shihan Annesi on seeing advanced applications within basics. You will learn how to understand technical methods with "a masterís mind" by seeing beyond the surface form. Once you study principles (see PAB videos) and know how a technique works, you are then free to change its form while maintaining its essence. Even your most basic techniques hold within them advanced applications. Discover how! (1.5 hours)
TRANSMUTATION (Part III)
Juchnik applies his concepts to the use of a blade. Annesi unifies the theme and transmutes advanced techniques back to basic ones. The circle comes around. As an experienced martial artist, you do not have to practice every one of your 10,000 variations to stay skilled. You continue practicing basics, but perceive them with "a master's mind". For you, the advanced becomes simple because it always resided in the basic. Now you can transmute the basic into the advanced at will.
5 HOURS OF BUDO MADE BOUNDLESS!
THE ROAD TO MASTERY
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5 DVDs, 9 hours
THE ROAD TO MASTERY (Part I)
Travel with Willem deTHOUARS (Kuntao Silat), Bruce JUCHNIK (KoshoRyu), and Tony ANNESI (Takeshin Sogo Budo) as they show signposts on the technical journey toward Mastery. Your first signpost is, of course, Basics. But basics are more than they first appear. Even for a beginner, each art has a different concept of what basics should be. DeThouars and Juchnik discuss basics like perception and awareness while Annesi covers basics like stance and blocking stability. Not only must you master basics, you should also test them. Discover Shihan Annesi's unique way to test postural efficiency so you can improve your own. (2 hours)
THE ROAD TO MASTERY (Part II)
Basics become Forms and Techniques. You have practiced many basics as self-defense. More often, however, basics transmute into the more complicated combinations you know as kata or waza. Even these contain more than meet the eye. Annesi's bunkai of Tensho kata, for example, illustrates a point made in his earlier Transmutation videos (see above) and Cracking the Kata Code videos (see karate videos), that any form, whether a kata or a waza can hold enormous meaning below its surface. Learn how a simple kata can have subtle application that can be lost upon even those who practice it regularly. (1.5 hours)
THE ROAD TO MASTERY (Part III)
Form & Techniques produce Variation. For most students, improvement in the martial arts means adding to their list of techniques or variations. The more choices of techniques you have with which to respond to an attack, the better you are able to handle that attack. Variations are endless so it is logical that students perceive a large repertoire of variation as the pinnacle of martial development. This video suggests that Variation, although essential, is merely a stepping stone on your way toward mastery. (1.5 hours)
THE ROAD TO MASTERY (Part IV)
Variations lead to Principles. Once you have accumulated myriad variations, you must have a way to organize them. Even the master's mind cannot work if clogged by a mile-long menu of technical choices. This is why the next signpost on the road to mastery is understanding how variations can be summarized into a relatively small group of Principles (genri). Different arts approach Principle in different ways; but, to master an art, you must go beyond the accumulation of concretes to the integration of concepts. New to the study of principles? Not after you experience this signpost.
THE ROAD TO MASTERY (Part V)
The fundament of freedom: Everything is Budo. When you integrate both techniques and principles, you go beyond shape, form, or style. Not only do your trained actions become automatic, but your everyday actions become structured with the new intent of self-defense. You now can turn any motion into a lock, a block, a blow, or a throw. Because budo has become part of your life, your life can serve as the shape, style and method of your budo. Beyond the gate of traditional budo lies the Road to Mastery. At the pinnacle of mastery lies Banji-wa budo desu (Everything is budo). (2 hours)
ROAD to MASTERY DVD Set
9 HOURS OF INSIGHTS TO HELP SMOOTH YOUR JOURNEY!
9 HOURS OF DVDs plus the 190 page book!
THE SCIENCE OF SOGO BUDO
THE SCIENCE OF SOGO BUDO DVD Set
3 DVDs, 5 HRS OF IN DEPTH TRAINING TO HELP
The CHINESE (MARTIAL) CONNECTION
THE CHINESE (MARTIAL) CONNECTION SET
3 DVDs, 5+ HOURS OF VARIED PERSPECTIVE
SOGO BUDO CLASSICS!
All three sets, normally $297!
PRINCIPLES of ADVANCED BUDO
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3 DVDs, 5 hours
Takeshin Okuden explained and illustrated as only video can.
Complemented by the 206 page book that allows quick reference to the principles (see Book section).
Principles of Advanced Budo 1
Principles of Advanced Budo 2
Principles of Advanced Budo 3
The PRINCIPLES of ADVANCED BUDO DVD Set
5 HRS OF CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE
TAKESHIN SEIKEN BUDO
The SECRETS OF SEIKEN BUDO
The Skills & Drills of SEIKEN BUDO
Kick, Lock, & Shock SEIKEN BUDO
Minimal Motion SEIKEN BUDO
Released from the Vault!
BUSHIDO-KAI’s BEYOND KARATE
In 1985, Shihan Annesi created a 10-episode TV series for local cable television. Regionally and internationally known martial artists were interviewed and demonstrated their arts. Now, for the first time, this show is available to the general public on DVD.
BUSHIDO-KAI’S BEYOND KARATE Volume One:
Episode 1: Introduction/How martial arts differ/Interviews with students
BUSHIDO-KAI’S BEYOND KARATE Volume Two:
Epsiode 6: Shukokai’s Dan McCook