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Re: BKR Newsletter and Website are ready!!!
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Thanks very much for your efforts Sean... I look forward to more issues, videos, debates and discussions, etc in the future!

Cheers,

James

Posted on: 2005/6/1 10:23
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Re: Link formatting
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True enough. My post wasn't anti third party software, nor anti Microsoft. I just think Windows is a tragic example of a modern OS.

Cheers!

Posted on: 2005/6/1 4:43
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Re: Link formatting
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As long as we can all agree that Windows sucks!!!

Posted on: 2005/6/1 3:50
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Re: Dissapointing your dojo
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Congratulations on your promotion.

It has often been said that rank can be thought of as a reward, or as a responsibility. Your question leads me to believe that you view your promotion as an increase in responsibility, and if so good for you.

I am currently 5th kyu, and was surprised when my shidoshi graded me. Surprised, but also self aware of the fact that I needed to rise to the occasion. I work hard to know my syllabus, train at home outside of the dojo, and try hard to absorb the feel, the intangible, of our art.

Oh, and I constantly ask my shidoshi to not grade me anymore for the year... please.

:)

The best thing you can do is to relax, and work into your rank. Know your instructors requirements for your rank, be confident in those skills, work well with the students below you to help them along, and have fun!

Cheers!

p.s. I am not being rude, but your post will be much easier to read if you capitalize your first word in each sentence and use punctuation. I am not sure if English is your first language or not, so just some helpful advice.


Posted on: 2005/4/29 6:42
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Re: Kelowna BC
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If you go to:

www.bujinkan.ca

... and follow the links page you will find a link to the Vernon dojo of the Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo.

We are under Shihan Phil Legere, who currently lives in Japan.

Cheers!

p.s. The date and time script in the home page is kinda wonky right now, so if the times are off... I already know about it!

:D


Posted on: 2005/4/1 6:49
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Re: Interesting website
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I don't know the instructor in question, nor did I have time to read the whole site... so understand I mean no disrespect to anyone with my question below.

This text is on the site mentioned above:

"When a student has reached the 2nd Dan level the Shidóshi will invite them to train in Japan and meet the Grandmaster.  This of course, depends on a students heart and level of Taijutsu.  (only sincere students will be permitted to train in Japan)."

My question is: does a student of our art, registered with the hombu, require permission of their shidoshi/shihan to go and train in Japan?

Note that I am not asking from a respect point of view... obviously it would only be respectful to ask your instructor for his guidance and opinion on going to Japan to train.

My question is purely one of interest. If a student wants to go train in Japan, and is registered member of the Bujinkan, can a shidoshi prevent him or her from going?

Posted on: 2005/2/7 6:27
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Re: Bujinkan Ninjitsu vs. ?
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Rich,

With all due respect, questions such as "can I get my black belt in a year" and "who would win between..." won''t get you far on a forum like this.

If you are just starting out in budo, sample arts, try them (not just ask about them), and decide which one works the best for you. Once you have, forget about rank and just train, train, train, train. For years. Budo is a lifestyle, not a race.

Many people would flame me for saying it, but I think success in combat is as much about the warrior as the art they practice. Soke's budo is what we have chosen to practice (and love), and it is now up to each of us to dedicate ourself to learning it as best as we can.



Posted on: 2005/1/14 13:42
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Re: Defense Vs. Offense in the Art
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Is the art not what you make of it? Does the situation not dictate the action?

There will be be people who learn combative arts, and who have malice in their heart, who will use their skills to pre-emptively attack and damage others at will. Some may consider this an offensive use of the art, others may consider these to be savage acts. I personally consider them childish and criminal acts.

There will be others, of a pure heart and a peaceful nature, that choose not to cause physical damage to anyone unless they feel they have absolutely no choice... often occuring after they have been attacked. These people may escalate their counter-offensive as required until their attackers are subdued / defeated. Some may view this as a defensive use of the art, others may simply say that this martial artist went on the offensive when they felt they had no other choice.

There will be others, when faced with multiple attackers or a person obviously bent causing them serious harm, that choose to strike first and "even the odds". They may see this as the best strategy against a lethal attacker(s). This same person, when confronted with a drunk relative, may choose to simply avoid and put them down several times, but not to dislocate a joint or strike to maim or kill.

If I perceive that I am about to be attacked, and I begin to manipulate the situation to my advantage through positioning, controlling the distance, assessing the threat level of my potential assailant, observing for potential weapons and exits, etc , am I not already on the offensive? Do I need to strike first to be on the offensive?

With the utmost respect to everyone elses opinions, I feel an attempt to pigeon hole an art such as BBT as "offensive" or "defensive" is short sighted. The art can be defensive, or offensive, or illusionary, and is only limited by the situation at hand, the strategic skill of the martial artist and the nature of their character.

James

Posted on: 2004/12/29 3:57
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Re: Bujinkan Dojo in San Jose?
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Now that the information on Dojos in San jose has been presented, I vote that this thread be locked so ignorant people don't waste our time posting anymore than they have.

Again, to the original poster, I apologize for the behaviour of others.

Cheers,

James



Posted on: 2004/10/27 10:37
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Re: Bujinkan Dojo in San Jose?
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Yeah, it's called kyojutsu, you (delted explitive indicating a bowel movement). Or perhaps I should just publish all my material on the Web? I doubt anyone will mind. Hmm...about 400 ryu-ha kata (starring me) in compressed mpeg, all of Soke's (english) books in .pdf, all of Soke's vids except Hidden Weapons "ripped", a 4 Japanese tranlations (Ima Ninja, TrNT, Hiden Togakure and Sojutsu .pdf). And all my notes, henka etc.. I'll just post 'em all on a website, free for all! Won't that be "nice and easy" for the diligent student of budo? Budo before the mass proliferation of the Net was silly! I remember, back then, you had get out from behind the keyboard and go meet people, you had track down dojo, and to do that you had to build relationships with your "buyu". What a waste of time. POOP, I think I'll just download a Godan, you can do that at Ninjutsu.com, right?
It's a shame that (deleted explitive) kowtow'ers like you exist, "Jim McDonald", (IMHO)


Wow, now that was a post! You must be very proud of yourself, and your interaction with your fellow budoka(s).

I won't waste time arguing with someone as tempermental as yourself as you obviously enjoy being beligerent, but I find it amazing that you compare someone asking for help finding a dojo to the list of information you posted above. It is really quite simple, if you chose not to help someone with this basic request then do not help them. How about the old motto "if you have nothing nice to say than say nothing at all?" Not only did you chose not to help this person, but you actually expended effort to type posts that did nothing more than belittle the person. It is interesting that this makes you feel better about yourself.

I will not even stoop to the debate of my background, which you choose to attack without knowing a thing about me (something a true budoka would never do), as I am a long term, dilligent student of budo, who succeeds in making life safer and better for those in my community on a regular basis. I do this through my training, through my work, and through my volunteer work.

Please, let us let this thread die. Kutaki.org is a quality forum, and the fewer non-helpful, childish, expletive filled posts it has the better. I think we could all benefit from remembering that we represent Soke when we discuss his arts, and your posts are so disrespectful that to continue this thread is only to disrespect the Bujinkan at a whole.

This will be my last post in this thread. Continue to embarass yourself if you chose.

Again, to the original poster, good luck in your training.

Posted on: 2004/10/24 7:32
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