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Re: how takamatsu sensei lost his eye...
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Was the article called "The Mongolian Tiger"? If so, they have a copy of it at this web site: http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/toshitsugu-takamatsu.htm

Posted on: 2007/12/10 10:59
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Re: Episode #30 is Live!
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Great Episode! Thank you for all the hard work & thanks to Eva for the interview with Pedro.

Posted on: 2007/11/7 1:16
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Re: fist conditioning methods
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Some unconventional ideas for hand conditioning:

Mudras: Yoga In Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi
APTA: Care of your Hand, Wrist and Elbow [http://www.apta.org/AM/Images/APTAIMA ... s/ptandbody/hand/Hand.pdf]
Handhealth [http://www.handhealth.com/challenge.asp]

Posted on: 2007/10/20 18:49
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Re: Go-Dai Then And Now
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Hayes wrote an explanation of what and why "the godai" in a 1996 issue of Ura and Omote onine newsletter. For those of you that would like to better understand this thread, take a few moments to view it at: this site

Personally, having lived trained through those years, lived and played with those lessons, I don't think so ill of them. It was just another way of thinking; another way of viewing the arts we study.

I remember a few years ago when I was at a Sven-eric (train with him if you can!) seminar and he was discussing the san shin, he related it back to some of the godai lessons Hayes had taught. My opinion was that Sven-eric was simply using them as a reference point... perhaps, methaphor (?) is a better way of putting it.

Posted on: 2007/10/18 13:51
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Re: Compiling my own training notes
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FWIW, I think that if you wish to take notes, then do so and be as detailed as possible. Once you are done, reread them and see if you have clearly described your main points (or the main points of what you were working on). Then set the notes aside and reread them a few months later.

If nothing else, they can become wonderful benchmarks of how "little" you understood, or put another way, of how you are growing.

Along the same line... I used to reread Hatsumi sensei's books (especially Essence of Ninjutsu and Ninpo: Wisdom for Life) every year or so. It was very cool to do so and notice new insights that I had overlooked in a prior readings.

Posted on: 2007/9/26 7:36
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Re: Source for DVD?
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Volume 7 of the Hiken Densho series (2003, Apr 15- May 9). The series that I like to refer to as "the next best thing to being there [hombu class]."

(you are very welcome!)

Posted on: 2007/9/22 3:59
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Re: Source for DVD?
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I am NOT affiliated with the following web site in anyway (other than I order from them also)! The web site that I believe you are referring to is run by Craig Olsen, a bujinkan shidoshi and located at:

www.TenguWeapons.com

Be patient though... A new video was just released so they are probably being pounded with orders.

Posted on: 2007/9/22 3:47
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Re: This Old Bokken
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I absolutely agree with the use of Tung oil! A friend of mine once called it the "duct tape of wood." Funny, but I'm not sure that's a good analogy at all.

There is a nice article written by Fred Feddeck (shidoshi) that appeared several years ago in the Kihon Newsletter. You can find it at http://www.kihon.com/newsletter/kihon_newsletter_09.html.

Its the 3rd or 4th article down.

Posted on: 2007/9/22 3:42
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aging principles...
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I have enjoyed this thread... I think that there is a lot of validity to what is being written about here. According to numerous AMA articles and research findings, as the human body ages there is some hearing and vision decline, muscle strength lessens, skin and blood vessels lose flexibility, and loss of body tone. But there are always exceptions.

I feel the reality is that as we get older we lose in certain abilities what we may gain in others. What we may lose in (1) effective and (2) efficient motion we may gain in (3) experience and (4) wisdom (strategy).

PS, Aric mentioned: "20 year old and a 95 year old"
When my grandfather [92 yo] was alive, I would have bet on him. He'd lived through two World Wars, freed his brother from internment on Alcatraz, "worked his back" on the land that fed his family. He looked like a wisp of a man.

Posted on: 2007/9/19 3:22
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Re: Help wanted with Sanshin
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That's a nice little clip. If Dale's reading this:
Nice nagare. I especially liked the aruki!

Posted on: 2007/9/19 2:22
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