How a conceptual description of a martial art helps to remodel its pedagogy: the example of the Kinomichi
Let’s discover how a theoretical description of a martial art as a crossroad of principles enriches the teaching tools beyond the opportunities offered by traditional descriptions such as “a catalog of techniques” or “the practice taught by a master”. In the latter descriptions, the principles are implicit and difficult to use.
In the first books on kinomichi (Roumanoff 1992, Murcia 1996), I identified the core principles of kinomichi. I also explored the principles as I attended innumerable classes given by Masamichi Noro, the founder of this art.
I found eight key principles such as “having a partner”, “active-active”, “energetic and light”, “organized on the basis of a program”, “body unit”, “spiral”, “body awareness”, “positive energy”. These concepts are then expanded into sub-concepts, for example “a partner” suggests the sub-concepts: “corporal dialogue and diversity”, “empathy and mirror neurons”, “partner and teaching”.
With three examples, we will explore how principles model the pedagogy of Kinomichi. First, “Body awareness” emphasizes the importance conscious proprioception. Therefore teachers will propose specific exercises directed towards this idea, hence developing the consciousness of proprioception and the art of Kinomichi. Second, the reality of “having a partner” is brought to consciousness with exercises focused on this issue. Third, the concept of “playing” (a sub-concept of positive energy) changes the teacher’s behavior and vocabulary. He thinks less in terms of showing/correcting and more in terms of suggesting and experimenting.
When the principles become explicit, it is easier to develop new pedagogical tools as exemplified here in the case of Kinomichi.
General information on kinomichi : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinomichi
Biographical note: Victor Labouret
2012 – Post-graduation in Therapy Through Movement – Rio de Janeiro – Faculty Angel Vianna. There, I wrote an academic text understanding the specificity of kinomichi based on body consciousness, neurology, psychology and anatomy.
2010 – Masamichi Noro Kinomichi founder grants me the title of “teacher”
2004-2007 – classes in body consciousness with Angel Vianna dance master in Brazil
2002 – Present – teaches Kinomichi in Brazil, with authorization of the founder
2002 – PhD in Management Accounting – HEC-Paris
1990-2002 – regular student of Masamichi Noro
1988 – began aikido
1986 – Mathematics Degree- Zurich Institute of Technology