Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu Bristol Instructor for 50 years

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Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: HI Marc, Thanks for meeting me today, it was a bit of a ride up here from the shop, it does keep me fit. I wondered if you could tell us a bit about your club and yourself.

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: I started martial arts in 1963 doing Judo, I remember watching the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games and I’d been doing a little while before that. So I’ve been pretty much unbroken since then so 50 years. From Judo I went into Shotokan Karate, from there to Aikido, and then I found Budo TaiJutsu, about 30 years ago. Since I was 18 I worked on the doors, I played rugby and in those days if you played rugby you go invited to work on the doors. I did 22 years as a doorman, and also 15 years as a bodyguard, so that’s my background.

So I teach in a way that it’s practical to me, I wouldn’t teach anything that I wouldn’t feel would work. I don’t teach technique for technique, just what works in my experience.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: Thinking about when you started you must have started most o the style when they were first on the scene.

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: Judo is very different from how it is now. Most of the throws were done in Kata form. The end of the kata was the throw, I don’t see that anymore. At that time Judo was much more about leverage nowadays it much more about muscle. That’s very different from how I did it. That’s the route a lot of martial arts have gone, is the power route. It’s expedient, it’s quick, it’s efficient but for a while, eventually as we get into our middle age, the speed, the fitness and strength detoriate. There’s nothing you can do about that, so there is a smarter way.

My intention is to start of with a smarter way because softness will overcome strength. Strength is one of the easiest things to overcome. There are some fit, some very very strong athletes out their and that’s what they are but eventually, I’m now 60, where are they? I don’t have many injuries, because I train the way the body is meant to be trained.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: For those who don’t know, can you explain what your style is, Budo Taijutsu. Can we call it Ninjutsu? Maybe you can explain the difference.

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: Budo Taijustu is the official name for what we do, but when you explain what it is and mention Ninjas people know. Trouble with that is theoretically we study nine schools, only three of them are Ninjutsu schools. Ninjutsu is a relatively modern term for a culture of people that lived in the mountains in Japan who weren’t allied with the Samurai. The history of Japan is a history of Civil wars and they kept pretty good records. Mainly about themselves and battles and so on. They mention the use of using outside forces but they never mention getting them from abroad. China was quite close Korea was close, so where did they come from, they came form different areas, mainly the mountains. Now in most countries the mountainous people were warriors, they have tougher lives, so they utilised these people. They were called for wht they were used, now I’m not sure where the term Ninja came, its quite a modern term. The Ninja with the Black outfit dates from an illustration, the first illustration of a ninja is Ninja climbing across a rope to a castle. Now he’s dressed like this, so the western view is that what they wore. Now if you know anything about Asian puppet theatre, if you dress like that you are deemed invisible. So what the illustrator was drawing was he’s climbing across in broad daylight but they can’t see him.

But we do wear Black and it’s not to do with that, I think it’s because black is the colours of fore bearings, that’s why we wear black. There’s lots of myths about Ninjas, as in they used Shurikens, but most Samurai used Shurikens. The main difference is the Samurai had a Samurai Culture and the mountain people had a mountain culture. So the two are culturally different, that’s the main difference.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: So if someone came to this club or a Ninjtsu club, they’d probably get the same training?

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Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: The techniques, written down are similar, but the interpretation of them differs. One of the great things about Budo Taijutsu is that there is an open policy on interpretation. When I met my partner in Ireland we are at a seminar. She asked me what I studied and I told here and she said it can’t be because I’m learning that in Ireland. She thought it was a completely different system, that’s the interpretation. We still work a lot from the written form, but any of the written is open to interpretation.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: So if I came into your class as a beginner, what could I expect from the class?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: The first thing we teach is balance, to hold your posture. From there we teach grappling, which is the easiest thing to teach, and then striking. Striking is easy to teach but technical different to do. I’ve been doing martial arts for 50 years and I read a lot so I have a lot fo my own ideas which I input and test out theories. Everything to stand up, ground fighting, weapons, non weapons, anything we can throw into the mix and give it a go. Anything that is worthy of investigation.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: So it sounds like it is quite free, week to week. Is there a syllabus?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: There is a syllabus, it’s quite a tight syllabus but I don’t so lesson plans or anything like that. Tonight there is a sickness bug raging through Bristol so we don’t have many students, so I make a specific lesson plan it might no work. So I just start with an idea and go from there. If people are coming up to their grading, we’ll work on specific thing sthey need.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: Do you do kids classes, what age do you start from?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: Sinead teaches the kids, she is the best instructor I’ve ever come across for children, she loves it. She’s teaches kids of all ages, special needs kids, across the board. She teaches a mixture called Kenbu, which evolved in Ireland. She’s 8 time world champion in American Kenpo, and we mix the Bujnkan and Budo Taijutsu into that which gives a great grounding.

In terms of starting age, we don’t have a definitive age, but we ask, can they take instruction, can they stand in a line. Tends to be about 4 or 5. We started here at this school because we were invited to teach a 6 weeks sport class and the kids were so taken with it that we started a regular class. We don’t live in Bristol but we come over to do it.

Sinead has a remarkable background in Marital arts, both sporting and Bujinkan and been training most of her life.

I have a class in Gloucester on Monday, Bristol Tuesday and Swindon on Wednesdays. I go once a month to Cardiff.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: So it that classes you’ve set up or instructor from here that have moved?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: No, I used to teach a lot more than I do now. I basically went into retirement as a bodyguard and I didn’t really know what to do with my life. I did a seminar with Taekwondo guy and he suggested I start teaching. I’d said that I’d teach it in a way that Id want to have been taught myself . I taught back in the 90’s and I was very much strict and following the rules.

So I started teaching in Cheltenham, it was a little class that never really picked up. I wasn’t sure if it was my ideas or not, so I started another on in Cardiff, because I knew someone there. It was an instance success, and it was the same for all the other classes I started. I think what it was, is that Cheltenham isn’t a big place for Martial Arts. If you want to sell Jewellery got to the Jewellery quarter don’t go somewhere else. I couldn’t keep it up travelling round, I was exhausting myself. After 10 years or so I had people coming through who could teach.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

:Do you have any plans for the future?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: People ask if this is your hobby it’s not. Whatever I’m doing in life I’ll be doing it. I watch Rugby for my hobby, this is just something I do. We went to Japan early last year and we’re going again this year, and that’s about it really. Just keep the clubs running efficiently. We put a lot of emphasis on fun and friendliness. We try to enjoy the training, and through that you find your personal journeys. I’m not a strict instructor, I trained in Shotokan, when you got slapped for doing it wrong or shouted at. I don’t believe in that. What I like about the Budo Taijutsu is that I have the permission to teach my own way.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: So finally, can you give us the details of your clubs, when you train etc?

Marc Moore – Budo Taijutsu

: So this class takes place every Tuesday, kids start at 6 and the adults at 6.30pm. My phone number is 07776 202011 and catch me at marc@budowarrior.ninja

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

: Brilliant, thank you very much