Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Dojo, Victoria BC Canada

Adjusting the Volume

How threatening you find a situation to be is not entirely dependent upon the assailant. No matter how aggressive an assailant becomes, your interpretation of that situation is what determines how threatened you feel. Are you ill? Injured? Tired? Do you have people around you that you are protecting? Do you have people, or objects, around you that you think will protect you? Do you have a history with the aggressor? Do you have a particular reaction to the type of aggression the assailant is applying? What are your self-expectations, and why are these what you expect of yourself?

Wants create. When two bodies are in contact, want transmits in the way those bodies make and maintain contact. Hence the admonition to ‘become zero’ – have no want, don’t be committed to a technique. Do not broadcast physical intent.
Wants also impact the space around bodies. Our thoughts immediately influence our environment. Being zero is also about not projecting intent or desire. If you are committed to an idea, let the idea be ‘survival.’ Let the universe take you down the path of survival. That path may not resemble what you think it should.

Adrenaline hits us as part of our primal instinct. But mixed in with the primal are imposed expectations, of ourselves and of the world, and these expectations trap us, shape us, limit us – these expectations adjust our volume. When we become zero, all the assailant hears/feels is their own volume. When we are not listening to our own noise, we are better able to hear the noise around us. To receive information without transmitting any is to cultivate advantage.

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