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Words from my Sensei Victor Acevedo

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (3)

Why we Train:

I am fortunate enough to have never used the skills I have been taught and I hope I never will. I'd rather be the sword that was never removed from the scabbard then the one stained with blood. A little over dramatic I admit LOL. I like to tell you of a recent situation a couple of my students faced.


Mike, who recently returned from Iraq, was approach by a street thug that thought he had found his latest victim, I can only imagine the look on his face as he laid on his back after Mike sent him to his tragic defeat. Two open palm strikes which both stunned and incapacitated the thug, came from no where, with blinding speed and laser accuracy.


Vaughn, US Marshals Service, minding his own business enters his local dry cleaner to pick up his suit finds himself face to face with a irate customer wielding a baseball bat. When the attacker tries to make the store owner into a piñata, Vaughn quickly and effortlessly disarms the aggressor then escorts him out of the store.


I am proud of these men who are committed to a life of Budo and are unafraid to ensure the Right is Right! Thank you

Victor Acevedo ( Westchester Budo  )

Upcoming Events

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here some of the upcoming events at Virginia Budo:


1) April 12, 2014 Virginia Budo will visit Jack Hoban

2) April 26, 2014 Test day for the students

3) Upcoming seminars: TBA ( Westchester Budo will visit Virginia Budo )


As always, thank you for your love and support. Always remember: Train Hard, Now Thank me Later!

See you Thursday, April 10, 2014

KIAI Jutsu

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

· ei! - A growling shout, meant to accompany an attack; intended to force the opponent to lower his guard momentarily.


· toh! - A heavy shout, meant to accompany a counter; intended to make the opponent believe he has left an opening.


· ya! - A boisterous shout, meant to respond to a series of blows; intended to dishearten the opponent, making him believe that you believe you're already victorious (may tie in to folk beliefs that a battle is decided the moment two adversaries first see each other).



It's said the kage no kiai taught in the Bujinkan is a harmony of these three shouts, voiceless or in a low hum, assuring the warrior of victory. This might be viewed as a form of self-assurance, helping to maintain a form of inner calm or mushin.


Bujinkan Basics

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

At the begininning and ending of training, the teach faces the kamiza and leads the class in reciting the motto:






"Every encounter ( is sacred, and ) could present the one potential key to the perfection of the great universal ( en ) light ( enment we seek )



All clap twice, bow, clap once, and bow again.




The teacher turns to face the class.



The senior student calls out:







" Bow ( to salute ) the teacher."



Student and teacher bow to each other in Japanese fashion, with: O-NE-GAI-SHI-MAS " Please assist me" ( Before training )






DO-MO A-RI-GA-TO GO-ZAI-MAS "Thank you very much" ( After training )

The Uke / Block

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Uke / Block


To me the most important technique to master is the block.. jodan uke, chudan and gedan uke. It usually is the first technique used when attacked. It is taught differently from one end of the world to the other so I cannot tell you which is right but I do remember a story... In Stephen Hayes first book, he describes his first encounter with Hatsumi Sensei. As a demonstration, Hatsumi ask Stephen to throw a punch at Tanemura Sensei... although Stephen had at least 50 lbs, he threw a punch at Tanemura's head... an icy pain traveled up Stephen's arm after Hatsumi's student countered with a Jodan Uke. For Steve, that was the end of the fight. How easy would it be to dispatch an opponent after one strike... To open his defensives and expose his weaknesses. So I train for my uke to be hard, fast and strong but remember if you cannot evade a strike then your uke is useless.-Victor Acevedo ( Westchester Budo ) My Sensei for 18+ years!!

Uke Nagashi

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Uke Nagashi - Receiving the flow. In the simplest form, it is the block. When done correctly with kuden, it destroys your attacker's arm and redirects his energy away from you,opening the opponent to a many counters... if needed.

This Weeks Training

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Thanks again to each and everyone for their condoles. I am back and ready to train. This week for , waza, Kenjutsu, evasion & blocking, strategy & sparring, Hanbojutsu - kamae, striking & blocking. Hope to see you this week!! Always Remember, Train Hard Now...Thank me LATER!!