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Re: The Red Belt
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In our dojo women wear either red or green belts with a black gi, depending on what they prefer. Either way it doesn't seem to hurt them.

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Re: THROWING, Throwing and throwing
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I guess understanding also come in the form of throwing knives. This is truly a mysterious art. Good luck!

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Posted on: 2009/6/16 2:24
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Re: Bujinkan in everyday life
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Look upon the universe as a place that is both constructed like a machine that in the far future will be possible to grasp the mechanics of. And also as a place that is totally "far out" like a hippie´s most technicolor pipe-dream. Simply a place of marvels - weather you want to look upon it from a technical or a spiritual viewpoint. The "koppo" or knack of the universe is to understand that it is a place that is made for each and everyone of us. To be understood in a way that perfectly fits our personality and level of understanding. There are no inferior or superior viewpoints - it´s just different persons looking at the universe according to their personality.

Now to my experience:

This was about fifteen years ago and me and my pals was playing paint ball in a part of a forest that you could rent for some hours. I had never been there before.

I came jogging alone by myself on a small path, the main fighting taking place elsewere. The path had small conifer trees on both sides with thick branches going all the way down to the moss covered ground. There was no way to see through the branches if anyone was hiding beneath. Anyway, I came jogging, not paying any attention to the conifers along the path. Suddenly, I swung around to the left and fired into the lowest branches of a conifer tree. In that moment, a paint ball hit my left arm on the "meaty" part. Everything happened in a split second. For a short while I didn´t know what had happened, until this guy comes crawling out from under the conifer tree. Smack center on his forehead was a patch of color from where I had hit him. He didn´t understand how I could react so fast to his shot, invisible as he was under the branches of the tree. To me it was proof of the sakki "at work". Had this been a real situation, I would have suffered a flesh wound in my arm but the guy would have died instantly from my bullet.

Now, was this some unknown biological sensory reaction? Or Bujin swinging me around so I didn´t get the guy´s bullet in my head? Depending on how you look upon the universe you already have the answer. The important thing is that you don´t lock yourself to one view of how things work, but keep an open mind and keep going.

Johan


Posted on: 2009/6/16 2:18
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Re: Three points of contact
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"One of my newer students is a large man, very solid and built very similar to the late Butch (for those who remember him). You just can't move this guy unless he either moves himself or you have some dynamic force of the heavens coming down to do it for you..."


I find that I sometimes end up in a situation where I might have moved out of the way for an attack and stepped in close to the opponent. I might have missed to break his balance or the opportunity didn´t present itself. Then I just wait, "shadowing" the opponent, until he moves again. Then he is vunerable. When someone moves, they are imbalanced. Even if he is a big guy.

The above of course happens fast, in the split second of an encounter. My point is that if you "miss", you don´t really miss, but just await the next move of the opponent. Don´t use force, use patience.

Johan


Posted on: 2009/2/4 23:17
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Re: Human weapon to air Dec 14th/15th
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Hi!

Could some friendly soul please make available the episode for download. It´s been deleted on Rapidshare and I´m missing the last of the four posted files.

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Johan

Posted on: 2007/12/20 18:32
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Re: What is the "Hidden Door"?
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I´ve heard that the meaning is not "hidden door" but "hiding behind the door", which refers to the godess hiding, well, behind the door, until lured out.

Johan Grönwall

Posted on: 2007/11/7 17:42
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Re: How does someone test what they know?
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"How does someone test what they know?"

Yes, that is the $20.000 question, isn´t? But, why worry if your taijutsu will work in a real situation or not? Why is everyone so interested to stay alive? This clinging to ones own life stands in the way, it seems. Isn´t it just the same old question put in a new form: "Is my life worthwhile?" , "Have I choosen the right martial art?" "Am I really worth anything?". Not that I don´t ask myself "how I will stand up in a real situation?". It´s just that I can´t make any promises that I will do this or that should that situation arise. I have no idea - I try to promise myself to be totally devastating. But can I live up to that? Will I run instead? Is that a bad thing?

Yesterday we were training outdoors with the Bo staff and some guy came up and wanted to challenge us. I, being the senior student, was naturally the one to take up the challenge as I saw it. I thought "alright, why not?" and was prepared to give the guy a staff. My feelings was that this was a challenge like in the old days and that I would kill him. I wasn´t angry or something like that - it was just natural. But he suddenly left and we went back to training. And that was that.

Maybe by abandon the hope of surviving will I stand a chance. Again, what´s so bad being dead that everyone try to ensure themselves that they will fight like tigers. If you´re already dead, who can kill you? And also, don´t worry if you´ll be able to kill or not. We have all killed many times already - the feelings and hopes of others, animals and the Earth.

Johan

Posted on: 2006/8/10 5:07
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Re: Carrying Knives
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Someone swinging a sword could in some respect be regarded as someone throwing spinkicks at you. You have to apply a sort of "muto-dori" in order to get away from the thai/tae kwon do/karate kicks that are so common. Take a step in and there is paradise...

Johan Grönwall

Posted on: 2005/12/28 0:25
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Translating japanese webpages quickly
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Here is a tip I lifted from www.macosxhints.com which helps you to translate pages from japanese (and other non-english languages) with a simple click:

Want to try converting a Japanese website to English? Create a new bookmark in your browsers bookmarks bar (it doesn't matter for what site), then choose Bookmarks -> Show All Bookmarks and edit the newly-created bookmark. Give it a useful name like "Translation", and for the URL, enter this string:

javascript:void(location.href='http://translate.google.com/translate?u='+location.href)

Now when you're viewing a Japanese site, just click the toolbar bookmark and you'll see Google's translation of the page.

This tip should work on most browsers, no matter what platform. Hope this can be to some use for someone.

Johan Grönwall

Posted on: 2005/7/8 6:59
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BUJINKAN IN SWEDEN - 30th ANNIVERSARY SEMINAR!
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BUJINKAN IN SWEDEN - 30th ANNIVERSARY SEMINAR!

Since this year marks both my 30th year in the art and also is the 30th year since Bujinkan was introduced in Sweden, I want to celebrate the occasion with a two day seminar held on the 22-23rd of October 2005 with three instructors. One instructor for each decade.

The good Buyus (Budo friends) I have choosen to invite are:

• Sven-Eric Bogsäter (Holland)
• Lubos Pokorny (Czech Republic)

I will also instruct myself.

As a bonus we will also invite Sheila Haddad (USA) to spread her good Budo spirit. Sheila is looking forward to meet all the girls who participated in our highly successful seminar this spring. This is an unique opportunity to meet Sheila again and be inspired!

All are welcome to participate in this special seminar!

More information at: Bujinkan To Nan Dojo

Thomas Franzén
Bujinkan To Nan Dojo

Posted on: 2005/6/27 23:48
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