Official article by Soren Renshi, Joden Yakami Shinsei-ryu, 5.dan Kodosoku-kai Gensei-ryu Karate-do
TLUS POMW 1 is for the TG4, Yakami Shinsei-ryu black belts group. All KYU skills courses are designed and created by Yamana-Itotani Sensei, and this is also valid for all of the DAN – black belt competence process sequences.
TLUS POMW 1, is divided into three process modules; TSM A, B and C, which takes place in 1half of 2012.
The superstructure portion; TLUS POMW! 2 are launched in the 2H, 2012 and will initially only be for chief instructors.
The result of TLUS POMW 1 will determine when TLUS POMW 2 will be held again for all the remaining participants from TLUS POMW 1. If it goes as we expect and hope, then the 1H or 2H of2013 will be a good option.
The whole TLUS POMW 1 & 2 process takes approx. 1 year, and will through a structured, optimized and with a clear red line, give a fairly good technical competence and understanding of the different firearms history, usage, strengths and weaknesses in the modern world, as an additional competence to Shindenkans other competencies in the systems toolbox expectedly targeted the TG4 group , black belts (1.dan and 1.dan Sr. corresponding single-track 2’nd Dan to 3.dan).
The TSM POMW A with 28 highly motivated participants was kicked off on Friday 27 January, 2012.
Their experiences you will soon be able to read about on our website, along with other brown and black belts experiences and lessons learned, during other Shindenkans internationally recognized competence courses from the multi-track systems “toolbox”, with more than 1,000 years of experience and knowledge.
Shindenkans website will in the next month’s focus on Yakami Shinsei-ryu’s multi-tracked brown and black belts, matching single-track systems black belts. So you have a lot to look forward to!.
Yes, but what the heck is it this POMW project about?
POMW – Project Old Modern Warrior is a unique, innovative, and exciting and for some controversial course, that is about something that people do not always like to talk about – namely emotions. The feeling of being clarified or not clarified to take a life or not to take a life.
Hhhmmm – there is something here which is not completely clear? Where the course not about shooting? Yes, but shooting is the tool towards the goal and the goal is martial arts. Øøøhhh–now I do not understand anything!
So let’s start from the beginning.
The POMW project is a project which is derived from a hypothesis written by Minouchi Sensei. He wrote about the opportunities for learning, between warriors of the old school and the modern school. That is, can they learn from each other and how can it be used?
Both types of warriors use weapons for different purposes, such as close and long range combat. The old warrior uses knives, swords and spears, while the modern warrior use knife, pistol and rifles. If you look at the technological development that weapons has been true since the black gunpowder was invented, then we’ll also have to mention cannons and huge bombs as weapons issues for the modern warrior.
What is the intersection of this?
Well, whatever type of weapon we are talked about, there’s a human behind it. Sometimes it is just behind and on other times it’s just about pushing a button, very far from the weapon’s impact. In close combat, the man is just behind the weapon and can see the result of his actions immediately. When we go into the long range combat with large bombs or cannons, then the consequence is a very far away. And in many times the decision on the use of the weapon will also be taken very far away. This means that it is the politician who is making the decision, but it is the soldier who presses the button.
In short terms one can say, that the closer the weapon is used, the greater skills and clarification is required of the warrior. So using something as simple as a knife, it requires a very high correlation between the technical development and the skills development. Conversely, there has been able to have a very high technological weapons development but has lagged behind in the skills development. This means that the requirement that is used to be able to press a button to trigger a bomb, is not the same as having to kill with a knife. And maybe it is, because there are people behind both weapons. And it is here that the martial art has the advantages, because through the martial arts there is a development which is expressed through the Densho degrees, which is an old Bujutsu degree that expresses a person’s fulfillment of its full potential after the Michi-Do-way.
But what is a man really capable of and where are the consistency and the common red thread in all this?
In fact it is very simple.
This is reality and there are people behind, which means that it’s about your inner clarity. Clarification of what a human is capable of when it really counts. Can you do what it takes, if you are in a real situation close to your opponent and can see the result immediately? If, for example. You are up against an opponent with a knife and have the ability to strangle him – will you do it? Or if you’re up against an opponent with a knife and have the opportunity to get hold of a gun – will you use it? The same counts of course, vice versa – but in this situation there is something that plays a big part to it. Namely, a technical understanding of the use of firearms.
Is it easier to defend yourself against guns if you know the use of these? Maybe a bit, but what it really is about is the size of the opponent’s clarification inside. Has he what it takes? Can he pull the trigger, and also look at and live with, the consequences of his actions? There is only ONE who now this. So you could say that it goes both ways, i.e. quality and competence of the person both in front of and behind of the weapon.
What can we use all this for in Shindenkan?
It is again very simple: to make use of a tool that can show you the way on the road to total clarification. That “empowerment” which is about leadership development and self-knowledge. POMW is certainly designed to cross the bridge between martial sports and martial arts – from Joden and Menkyo level when we talk about the Densho degrees, and this project is already successful and proven. But the most interesting is the boundary – where the lines cross at the coordinate system between elite sport shooting and martial sports clarification, setting and practitioner skills. We have an assumption that this is between the TG3 and the TG5 group where Yakami Shinsei-ryu students have at least 5 years to 30 years of martial sports training with an average of 3:00 to 4:00 weekly training lessons as an YSK multi-track martial sport. It will be very interesting to clarify whether the option of being good enough or better for the optimum yield and testing, as compared to the normal elite shooters at different clarification level. This will be tested during the POMW project, and time will show the final conclusion, hopefully without political or personal ego interference from outside of Shindenkan.
One thing is to shoot at a long standing track where the goal is standing still on a wall. Another thing is to shoot at an IPSC range through small holes under tables and to hit targets that are moving. These are two very different things, which require training to a certain extent. On the stationary path one can focus, take breaks, and in general keep still. Conversely, in an IPSC range, you have a great many things you have to take into account, namely the link between focus and breathing, the speed of the target, the size of the holes you have to shoot through and the placement of them.
What the POMW project is all about, is to take the teachings of the ancient warrior like kihon, kumite and kata and use it as a way of using firearms. Which means to deal with the essence and impact of a piece of steel that can be deadly, when it is in the hands of someone who is 100% clarified with himself. The result and the direct impact of the training, can then be seen on the summation of points and on the time that is spent on the individual rounds, you have to go through on the IPSC range.
Shooting on an IPSC range is not a matter of putting some obstacles up. No, but it is to shoot so that most of the actions reflects the reality of past, present and future, whit the mostly effect. That would support and be consistent with what we already are training at the Shindenkan organization. That is why we have chosen to shoot on IPSC shooting ranges, which are applying to Formula 1 in shooting. So you could say that we in Shindenkan are uncompromising when it comes to skills, the same applies also in combat. And just in battle, it is important to be uncompromising and totally clarified otherwise the most impact is transferred to yourself. And it applies both to fight with opponent and fight with yourself.