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Re: Good budo vs good taijutsu
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I probably drop the 'do' to a large degree. leaving bujutsu as my focus. Function over form.

Maybe one day I will be able to exist as some divine warrior of a higher order, but for now I will concentrate on prevailing whilst an ordinary man.

Also, for some reason the 'do' approach suggests to me slickness and aesthetics in an unreal environment, rather than the ugliness, struggle and partial reliance on luck in real conflicts. A bit like trying to meditate whilst being slapped about the face with a fish to the tune of a clown car horn.

Posted on: 2011/8/13 9:58
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Re: First Class
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Oops sorry, I am not a shidoshi either, apologies for posting.

Posted on: 2011/7/30 8:08
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Re: First Class
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My first class as a student: 1986, a church hall in Hove, Sussex, UK, on summer leave from a brief spell in the army. Rolling on hard parquet floor, up and down the hall, everyone in outdoor tabi, Japanese, not the copies that flooded the market later. Techniques that I would later know as oni kudaki and musha dori with my overly compliant best mate who had found the club, known at the time as Bujinkan South Coast. Standing in jumonji and being kicked with zempo geri at the point where the arms cross and then doing it back to my partner, up and down the hall. My first experience of jodan uke, failing again and again to hit the incoming arm, flailing wide of the mark every time.

My first teaching experience of running my own class? In about one month's time! It will not be a memory as such, as it will be very fresh, but I can report back if anyone is interested. I am setting it up to get more training for myself, rather than from any strong desire to teach (see another current thread on this topic).

Posted on: 2011/7/29 19:17
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Re: Kihon training
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I have a soft spot for sock puppets and hard rock.




For a moment there I thought I had logged into another adult forum that I frequent. ;)

Posted on: 2011/7/28 18:22
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Re: Shindenfudoryu Iaido?
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I recall Hatsumi-sôke mentioning during my 1996 Japan-trip that the Ninja used the kind of weapon that was common for the time.


Exactly. So the likelihood of the sword deemed ideal by the 3rd Soke of a particular ryuha being the same as that used by the 30th Soke is impossible to gauge, unless fashions in sword dimension came back around again like clothing fashions.

But we harp on about the age of certain ryuha, and all sorts of claims are made that the waza and kata are largely unchanged over the centuries, but surely these would be affected to some degree by the weapon itself?

I can't imagine that what most of us accept as being the Togakure Ryu sword, as manufactured by Chenness etc, was ever 'common for the time' though.

Posted on: 2011/7/7 18:18
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Re: Pitfalls and things to Think about when running a dojo
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Then again, setting a minimum (legitimate) income limit (or net worth or something) for advanced training could be very interesting. It could be a formula of sorts based on the average income of the trainee's country of residence. I wonder if some people with a history of lower incomes might rise to the challenge and surprise themselves!

A thought experiment, of course. I'm not advocating for this to be done. :)



Yes, how the organisation would benefit when only Richard Van Donk could afford to train. :P

Personally I am terrified of my next dan grading simply because I cannot afford it, so I think there is already a restriction on financial status in place for some of us, and I am not exactly on the breadline, but explaining to the missus why I am spending X-amount on a piece of paper exactly the same as my other two except for one kanji, when we can't afford certain other 'luxuries' is just not going to wash. My entire finances relating to training costs is the most ninja-like part of my entire existence!

Posted on: 2011/7/7 8:02
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Re: Pitfalls and things to Think about when running a dojo
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(tongue partially in cheek)

I would have thought that the archetypal white collar businessman would be less likely to pick up after themselves as they have blue collar flunkeys and cleaners to all that for them in their daily existence, and are used to making the rules rather than abiding by them. They may also be more likely to have inflated egos and be used to treating people badly or contemptuously.

Some of us however ARE those blue collar flunkeys and have to keep our own house in order as well as those of our oppressors, and tend to behave ourselves out of solidarity with our fellow workers and out of fear of being sacked for stepping out of line, so doing the right thing comes naturally! :D

Posted on: 2011/7/6 22:07
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Re: Shindenfudoryu Iaido?
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There are some Chinese forges out there who are really missing a trick. i wonder how long it will be before one can buy a sword with the official dimensions of every Bujinkan ryuha, including daisho, nodachi, etc?

I for one would love that big beastie ken from 'Ken Tachi Katana'!

I do wonder sometimes though, how historically likely it was that all the Togakure ninja ran around with swords of the same dimensions, making them instantly identifiable, and this must go for the other ryuha too, when individuals were keeping a low profile. I can see that there must be vague similarities to make the same kenjutsu methods work, but surely there are allowances such as the height and reach of individuals when selecting something as personal as a sword?

Posted on: 2011/7/6 21:56
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Re: Pitfalls and things to Think about when running a dojo
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In the UK I think there must be less than half a dozen fulll-time dojo in rented buildings. Most people simply rent a village hall or get a badminton court matted out at their local sports centre for a couple of hours as and when they need it so costs should not be too high apart from the usual annual expenses.

For me, the definition of a McDojo would never fall on anyone who operates with integrity, and I tend to think of the people who wear flashy gi with lots of badges, and charge vastly inflated advance fees for mediocre training. They are also more likely to teach the material that looks 'cool' rather than make students work hard on the same material week after week.

I guess that there must be an element of value for the student. Why should they pay more for the same quality of training, simply because an intructor has overstretched themselves and ended up with lots of overheads when they could have just rented training space for the odd evening?

Posted on: 2011/7/5 12:26
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Re: Shindenfudoryu Iaido?
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Are we talking about 'iai-do', 'iai-to', or 'iai-jutsu'?

p.s. I thought the SFR katana was larger, bigger even than the Kukishinden one (going by the KS version sold as a bokken at ninecircles.co.uk).

Posted on: 2011/7/4 5:01
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