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Re: Training Theme 2012
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Kihon and more Kihon every year works best for me :) perhaps not as exciting but you can't go wrong as long as you practice correctly.

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Re: Requesting recommendations for a place to buy a katana
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Posted on: 2011/11/25 13:16
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Re: When to 'draw the line'
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When Hatsumi Sensei was asked about what was required to become a Ninja, he replied, "It is 忍耐自制 Nintai-Jisei (endurance and self-control). That is the most important thing. Living with endurance." This painting is one of Hatsumi Sensei's most cherished possessions he was given by Takamatsu Sensei.

"Nintai Towa Kokoro o Yashinai Waza o Hagemite Suenagaku Shinbo Koso Shinja Ninja Nari!"

Posted on: 2011/10/9 13:13
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Re: The Most Direct Path
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Yes to some this is just a self indulging hobby and to others its a way of life. a guide for proper living so to speak. Again its about striking a balance between the physical, mental and the spiritual. Take any of these of the equation and you create imbalance....... if you look at your teacher as just a man and not a role model then in my opinion the relationship is no different then that of a coach and athlete. You essentially need to have that level of trust in your teacher for proper relationship to develop. Having trained in both traditional and non tradition Japanese/Chinese martial arts I can say with certainty that there is something very subtle about traditional/old that differentiate from most other activities out there .

Posted on: 2011/5/20 12:20
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Re: The Most Direct Path
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You also have to consider those kohai who look to us (we all are sempai to somebody) for guidance. If we say (i.e. boast) one way, but actually live a different way, then our credibility is nothing. How can we say we are striving to be effective budoka, effective warriors, etc when we don't demonstrate that in our day to day lives? Are fighting techniques all there is to being a budoka? If one is truly studying Soke's art, then isn't there so much more than techniques? Isn't it more about how one approaches life in general? And, don't those fighting techniques make up an important part of it, but lead you to what or where?

The Most Direct Path doesn't involve just techniques for fighting, I believe.


Absolutely, without giving out too much.... the Kanji for Bunbu (文武) literally translates as one who is skilled with the pen and sword reflects among other things the need for balance. Interestingly enough the character 武 (warrior/military) is a combination of 2 ideograms 止(Prevent) & 弌 (Conflict). In Ninpo we learn to protect the 3 essentials Body, mind and spirit. This is why our art is more difficult to learn as it requires not only advancing physically/technically but also spiritually. The 1st can be seen, grasped and understood. The later 2 can not as they are a byproduct of correct training and maturity. Also there are no trophies to be won so patience is crucial. The rewards often reflect much later along the path…… There are many wonderful teachings like this but I think you and Ed summarized it fairly well in plain English.




Posted on: 2011/5/19 12:02
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Re: The Most Direct Path
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I actually really like your examples and agree with you. There seems to be a fairly agreed thinking among many that short term skill sets that have direct, combat oriented application need to be trained for more specifically - but can be a detractor to the longer process of slow, flow, etc.

In the end, both people likely will end up in the same place (assuming, of course). But, there's no guarantee that either one may end up in a sudden moment of danger at any point along their respective paths, where those short term skills may play a greater role in keeping one alive to continue their long term skill development.

It's a tricky game of balance.



Absolutely, and the best we can do as individuals is to strive for that balance... and this I believe is all that Sensei has been asking of us. This is not just a philosophical statement but one of actual implementation. I think the challenge is to truly apply the concept of “doing my best” which equals the "direct path".

Posted on: 2011/5/18 1:53
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Re: The Most Direct Path
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I think it all depends on what we want out of life. Do we want to be a successful student, or a successful human being?

What would the greatest teacher want for his or her students?


Unfortunately, a sad too many "lesser" teachers actually crave edification and financial rewards from their students more than anything else. The 'great' teachers require some searching to find.

But, I guess that's part of the learning process...


Darren, this is true with anything in life isnt it........

Posted on: 2011/5/17 5:28
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Re: What represents great Bujinkan taijutsu to you?
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Constant training and refinement in all aspects of the art


What you say sounds like how you achieve great Bujinkan taijutsu but when you look at someone who has what five things stand out. When you are engaged in constant training and refinement what things are you working towards..


seriously... constant training and refinement in all aspects of the art. I do not see it any other way. Its not about achieving greatness but rather doing your best with proper guidance and honesty. How would you define the difference between "great Bujinkan taijutsu" & "fantastic taijutsu"?

Posted on: 2011/4/21 12:21
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Re: The Most Direct Path
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/Yes this is the most direct path that very few follow..... How exciting is it to repeat the same movement over and over again?

Posted on: 2011/4/21 12:10
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Thanks Liz, very informative......

Posted on: 2011/4/13 0:26
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