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Re: Dimensions of the kukishinden ryu sword
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Hello,

I have a Kukishinden ryu training katana and the dimensions are:
handle 29 cm long - from 3.5cm to 4 cm wide
blade 76 cm long - from 3cm to 2cm wide
scabbard 79 cm long

Hope that helps!

Posted on: 2005/5/29 12:13
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Re: Budget when in Japan
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Hi there,

A good way to find out train fares, possible routes, and departing/arrival times in Japan is to look on:

www.hyperdia.com (click the English link at the top left)

Just put in your start point and destination. Make sure you select KASHIWA from the pull down menu because it may default to KASHIWAZAKI.

Kashiwa - Ayase 290 yen one way
Kashiwa - Atago 300 yen one way
Kashiwa - Kasukabe 400 yen one way
Kashiwa - Narita Airport (JR line) 820 one way

Posted on: 2005/4/20 12:05
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Re: Exploring the essence
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Hi there!

I have a copy of that book as well. A good read with many great pictures I had never seen before. Well worth adding to your Bujinkan Library.

Posted on: 2005/4/8 1:24
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Re: Use of the word "Sensei," etc.
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Hachigoro wrote:
I think school holidays are upon us again


Yes, school holidays are upon us here in Japan as well.

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benkyoka wrote:
have they forgotten what they just learned already? (i.e. spelling and grammar.)


One thing to consider is that not all Kutaki members are native English speakers.

Back to the topic at hand. I have heard people in offices in Japan use the word, "sensei" to refer to their boss or superior, even though that boss or superior is neither a lawyer nor a teacher.

Also, I have a friend named Yuki who used to work as a Japanese Kindergarten teacher. She always refers to her friend and former co-worker as Nobue-sensei. Now Nobue-sensei is no longer working as a kindergarten teacher and was never her friend's teacher or superior. I would understand the usage of the word, "sensei" as a sign of respect.

(names have been changed to protect the innocent)

Posted on: 2005/3/30 0:55
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multiple attackers!
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Hello there,

I just read this story on CBC home page:

http://vancouver.cbc.ca/regional/serv ... swarming-richmond20050324

Any thoughts on training for this kind of attack?

Posted on: 2005/3/26 0:45
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Re: New and need advice
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Hi there,

The beginning is a very anxious time. There is so much to learn and lots of excitement in going to class. Hey, that sounds the same many years after!

I would suggest asking your instructor or a senior student to take some time with you before, after, or during a break in class and show you how to move through the San Shin no Kata. Take this home with you and practice it when you can taking care with your footwork and alignment. When you feel a bit comfortable with the five katas, ask a fellow student to practice them with you. I found this to help me a lot when I was starting out.

I also read "Ninjutsu History and Tradition" about five times in a row. Then I took it back to the library, paid my late charges, signed it out again and read it a couple of more times. Finally, I found my own copy at a used book store! Any Hatsumi Masaaki Souke books, as well as instructional videos and TaiKai videos, are of enormous value.

Have fun with it and try to be patient!

Posted on: 2005/3/25 2:02
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Re: Hatsumi Bio?
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Hello there,

Hopefully, George Ohashi can elaborate a bit more than I can since my reading skills are very underdeveloped. But there was a book printed in Japan almost a couple of years ago called, "こころの象" by 日野晃 (Kokoro no Katachi by Akira Hino).

I'm not sure if it is a full biography but it definitely talks about Hatsumi-souke's life.

Hope that helps,

Posted on: 2005/3/16 23:00
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Re: Soke's first video on Togakure Ryu.
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Hello there,

Let's keep the topics of discussion to original Books and Videos that concern Hatsumi Soke. Not unauthorized, copyright infringed upon photocopies of books or the digital equivalent of peer to peer copies of files.

Here's an interesting site that used to host P2P files.
http://www.lokitorrent.com/

Have a great day,


Posted on: 2005/3/15 9:30
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Re: SKH doesn't get it!!!
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Why hasn't he been promoted in the last 7-8 years?


One possible reason is that he hasn't trained with Hatsumi-soke in the past 7-8 years, except for his brief appearance in late December 2004. After 5th dan, I believe you have to get your rank from Hatsumi-soke directly. If you don't come and train with him, then it is hard to get rank from him.

Posted on: 2005/3/11 0:59
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Re: My right foot
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or get out of the way faster!

I hope your foot heals fast, Danny.

Posted on: 2005/3/8 2:04
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