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Re: Oguri Sensei
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Yes, you heard correctly.

Sad day.

Posted on: 2012/1/18 18:55
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lol, yes, i know exactly what you mean. When Tim told me about my Yondan, it was after Hombu while we were sitting at Starbucks at Kashiwa Station. But it didnt really sink in until i was sitting by myself back in my hotel room later that evening.

Posted on: 2010/7/2 11:13
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Yep, i sure have sat it, and failed.

In Japan in Sept of 2006. Travelled over with Tim Bathurst. I was there for 2 weeks, and at the end of the first week Tim pulled me aside and said "Congratulations" I said "what for". He told me that Nagato had graded me, unbeknownst to me, to Yondan. I was pleasently surprised. Shocked, but pleasently surprised. Well, that was nothing compared to what was about t happen towards the end of the 2nd week.

It was my last day of training at the Hombu before flying home. Class had finished and i was standing up the back, when Soke asked who was going to be sitting the test. Nagato Shihan stepped out of the crowd and called out my name. I completley crapped myself, lol. I mean, hey, i only just got Yondan. Needless to say i wasnt ready at all.

The first swing of the Fukuro Shinai was taken by Tim himself. "Crack", righ accross the skull. It was to be expected. The second attempt looked like it was going to be taken by Nagato Shihan himself, but it was then given to Darren Horvath to do. Again, "Bang" right on the head.

I wasnt dissapointed at all, as i kneew i wasnt ready. But, it was a good experience. Besides, how do you say no to Nagato Shihan. I havent really trained since then, and ave had alot of personal problems keeping me away, but it was probably the one point of that trip that i remember the most.

Posted on: 2010/7/1 23:03
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Re: www.Bu-Tube.com (Bujinkan Media Sharing Community)
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Wonder how many people thought Kutaki was a "bad idea" when Shawn first kicked it off. Yet, here we are !!!!!!

Perseverance, and ignore those with negative sentiments.

Posted on: 2008/8/7 6:44
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Re: where do you train outside the dojo?
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When i was going to a Gym on a regular basis, i would try to schedule my workouts so that i did then in a quiet period when the usual Aerobics classes and such were not using the room.

I found that the Gym management didnt mind me ducking into the room for 15 mins to half an hour to roll around, as long as i got out prior to the classes starting (most Gyms have their schedules up on the wall, so it's easy to plan around).

I found this location to be good. For one thing, i could close the door for a little quiet and privacy, and these aerobic class rooms have mirrors on the walls, so that helped me to monitor my form.

Just a thought for you..............

Posted on: 2008/6/4 10:23
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Re: Notice to all of Papa-san's students...
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What shocking news. I've just logged on after having not done so in a while, and to hear this is quit upsetting.

Doug, please, please give my well wishes to Papa San next you see him. I've met Ed on a few of his trips to Australia and have said "Hi" to him from time to time via email, and think that he is one of the nicest, most lovely people i have ever had the pleasure of talking to. So please let him know my thoughts are with him in this difficult time.

Thanks mate

Posted on: 2008/2/26 0:11
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Re: Tekkou
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I also find that they act as a good sweat band as well. I usually only wear the one on my right wrist and use it to wipe the sweat from my forehead and face during those really hot weather months in training.

Posted on: 2008/1/12 11:53
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Re: Time between Dan Ranks?
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Personally, it took me about 10yrs to reach Shodan. I wanst looking for it. It was given to me over Coffee one evening after training. Couldve probably gotten it sooner (in about the time period others have sugested here, 3 - 6yrs), but i found it to be more rewarding and a good enthusiasm booster to have been graded like this. Besides this, training had been good up until this point, but there were periods where i couldnt train as consistently as i'd wanted because of work etc, but i still tried to keep my hand in with "alone" training at home.

Same happened again last year. After having sat on Shodan for almost a further 10yrs, just training and not really worrying about the grades, i was in Japan with my instructor last year for 2 & a half weeks, and at the end of the first week, again over Coffee at Starbucks at Kashiwa after Sunday's training, he told me that Nagato Sensei had informed him that i was now Yondan. A week later, the day before i was due to leave, Nagato Sensei signalled me out for the Godan test at the end of class. I sat it, and got cracked on the head. He later told me it was a very good fail ????

So, i guaess that answer to your question is, as so many others will tell you, do not worry about it. It will come when you are ready (as, clearly, i was not for the Godan Test.)

Just train and aim for your own self improvement within the art, and these things will come. Advice that i myself need to adhere to, becasue once again, training this year has been difficult for me to remain consistent with due to work and illness.

Posted on: 2007/8/11 16:17
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Re: Azusa ryokan
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Has anyone got the website address for the Azusa (if it has one that is). I wouldnt mind taking a look at it.

I stayed at the New Koyo hotel at Minami Sanju last September when i was over there, and it wasnt too bad. I'm coming back again later this year for at least 2 or 3 months, and this time around i was looking at the following.

http://jafnet.co.jp/plaza/guesthouse/guest05/matsudoe.htm

It seems ok, more than reasonably priced and pretty centrally located, but i wouldnt mind comparing it to the Azusa if anyone can let me know of a web link to their site. Again, thats if they have one.


Thanks in advance

Posted on: 2007/7/22 20:08
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Re: Wearing glasses and Ninjutsu
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Contacts are a good idea for training. I myself wear contacts most of the time, but i do have glasses i usually wear around the house and sometimes when i go out.

Posted on: 2007/6/19 12:21
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