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Re: Apologies to the Bujinkan
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I appreciate the replies I have received. My intention is to create a point of departure from my egotistical and selfish habits of the past here on Kutaki. I will be lurking for a while as I have very little to offer as a practicing Bujinkan member. My avatar was chosen for his graceful movement, and I like his hair.

Posted on: 2008/5/29 8:01
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Apologies to the Bujinkan
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I have been away from Kutaki for a long while as my life has taken a turn away from training, and in this period I have come to understand somethings. I quite often took way too many liberties with my opinion and was often rude and disrespectful with my posts, even when I was wrong. That was not right and I would like to apologize to Kutaki and the Bujinkan for the way I acted. I will be deleting many of my posts and trying to contact through pm people who I need to apologize more directly to. If there is anything I can do as a member of Kutaki, and the Bujinkan, to begin to set things right, I would be happy to have the chance.

Posted on: 2008/5/21 9:11
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Re: Help with understanding 'Kote'
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Thanks for the input. It seems there is not too much more to the term then I had originally understood.

Posted on: 2007/10/30 3:34
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Help with understanding 'Kote'
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I have been working a little on my own out of Hatsumi's "Secrets of the Samurai", and have come across the term 'kote' a number of times. My teacher doesn't focus on japanese terms, so I have come to Kutaki for some help. One of the photos shows the last 7 inches of tori's blade cutting uke's wrist, which I take as evidence of 'kote' as a small attack to the wrist in a sword on sword technique. Elsewhere 'kote' is decribed as a 'small technique'. I take these two ideas together to mean quick, accurate cuts to vital points, as opposed to large, powerful cuts. I apologize for not being able to post the kanji, but would greatly appreciate anyone else's opinion who has an understanding of 'kote'. Thanks

Posted on: 2007/10/26 8:18
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Re: A Dichotomy
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I was watching a documentary on Akira Kurosawa the other day, and I heard something which I think very much applies to this topic. A western academic talking about Kurosawa's early films, said that the japanese put everything before themselves (to paraphrase badly). The academic said that this was not so much a personal choice that had to be thought through, but that it was an attitude which had been ingrained into the japanese people since birth. For instance, at the commencement of WWII, the emperor went into a huge city in Japan to announce the surrender and to tell the citizens not to fight the occupying armies. They did what they were told (for the most part) not because they thought they should, but becasue they were told to. I think this is serving a higher purpose, to "keep going". Had they fought, Japan might have been utterly destroyed.

Commiting sepukku was one way for the warriors of fuedal Japan to deal with dishonor. I disagree with that as a constructive use of my time and skills :). But I have, and can see times in the future where I will have to put my safety, and maybe my life on the line. I agree very much with Darren that a good idea of honor is the state of being able to look at yourself in the mirror and like what you see. Having said that, I also see honor in not giving up on yourself if you don't like what you see in the mirror.

Posted on: 2007/6/5 4:45
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Re: Other Types of Ukemi
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: "When you are trying to carry through with something, your goodwill is sometimes considered malicious by some people who are obsessed by their own egotism. They might throw a stone at you. I try to interpret that as a blessing stone thrown to me by God for my own sake."

I love that quote Matt! Honestly sometimes what I need is a "blessing stone", but I also notice that Soke does not talk about throwing these stones, only receiving them (just to be redundant).

Also MikeT, I think that mature non-physical ukemi allows people endure emotions, not ignore them. That is where kamae, or attitude, comes into play. I think that is what Papa-san was referring to.

Posted on: 2007/5/25 5:42
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Re: Other Types of Ukemi
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Thanks Darren, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment and the idea. I think this is also a product of proper etiquette, like you said about being in the right place at the right time, and saying the right thing. It is "luck" I think, but only so far as in someone is unaware of it. If that makes any sense...I like to think I have good etiquette, but when I really look at my training, I see some huge gaffs. Also, this reminds me of a quote I really like, "Fall down 8 times, get up 9".

Posted on: 2007/5/24 6:25
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Re: Samurai armor
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Thanks to both Dale and Darren. I will have to read up on the SCA site, lots of good information there. I never thought of making the armor out of plastic, I was thinking of wood or metal. I am curious what other people use the hockey and football pads for in place of armor. Is it for actual medium to full power sparring with weapons? Any body try this?

Posted on: 2007/5/24 6:14
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Samurai armor
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I have done a couple of searches and have been unable to find any good sources for building semi-accurate details on the construction of japanese samurai armor. I am planning on experimenting with making some, but can't find anything very helpful so far. Could anyone help me out? Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2007/5/19 7:26
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Re: My criterion for selecting a teacher or mentor.
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I absolutely agree that whoever I train under should pretty much scare me during training, but I would also add that they should be able to "turn it off". This would be someone who I can go out to eat with and not worry about them sticking a fork in my head. Some one who scares me all the time is someone I won't train with, as I consider that to be someone I do not trust.

As well it depends on what I am going to train for. When I want to learn UFC style fighting I will go to someone who works successfully at striking and grappling. When I want to learn more traditional Bujinkan I tend to go to people who are ranked higher then me, which is about everyone. However I have also read that a great martial artist is someone who does not look like a martial artist. If there is one thing that turns me away from someone, it is someone who thinks they know all the answers, all the time, any time, any place...Another thing is, experience is something I gain, and wisdom is something I get from other people. Everything we do in the dojo came from someone else, so to think that we can't learn from someone elses experience I think is wrong. We all stand on the shoulders of giants.

*****Warning: Fu Fu esoteric stuff ahead**************
Boggs I agree with you that the "esoteric fu fu" stuff comes through the physical training. I have read that "knowledge from the Gods is transmitted through sweat." But it also comes from studying humanity and scholarly things. After all, Soke reads the Densho as Takamatsu is no longer here to teach him. Maybe in the beginning he did not understand them...But through training, and going back to the Densho over and over again I'm sure he understands them better now. Besides, one of the 18 skills of the Bujinkan is spiritual developement. In fact it is number one on winjutsus site

http://www.winjutsu.com/source/18skills.html

I get a little tired of people ignoring that.

I don't have a mentor for the esoteric stuff, aside from what I read in Sokes books, and from books about Shinto and such.

Posted on: 2007/5/15 10:42
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