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Re: Black Belt 1966 / 67
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Andrew Adams was a journalist that specialized on reporting about Japanese MA.

He penned many articles back in the early years of Black Belt magazine and others.

Although I had seen articles about ninjutsu in magazines, his book "Ninja"invisable assasins" was the first book on ninjutsu I ever owned. I read it around 1974-75 and thought to myself, "maybe one day i will be lucky enough to train in that art and meet Hatsumi sensei"...sometimes life brings you down paths you can only imagine as a child...LOL

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Re: Not Again!
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One of the potential issues is that just B&E can turn into this:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article ... 3/national/a111013D45.DTL

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Posted on: 2009/9/19 4:47
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Re: The Rope and the Sword
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Quote:

Chopping wood wrote:
It also made me realize just how much more I should be focusing on my footwork (and here I thought I had been already)


Scott,

I think you will revisit this quote/thought numerous times during your training in the Bujinkan!

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2009/5/7 9:05
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Re: The Rope and the Sword
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Scott,

I will say that for years the idea of correctly implementing the use of a rope or flexible weapon of this sort was troublesome, to say the least.

I always thought it was cool, but I always felt like when I tried to use it in training, it was cumbersome.

A little while back I had a bit of an "ah...haaa" moment. I saw that during training the one using the rope was just doing taijutsu, at the time...just moving and striking with the uke, as if he did not have a rope in his hands. He let the rope slide sometimes, other times he would hold it firmly as he continued to respond to the uke. The next thing you know the uke was bound up and had to cease fighting as he was so restricted.

The tori was doing kihon type movements with the rope in his hands and got some really outstanding results. It was a good place to start on my work with the rope, as well.

Just some thoughts you may be able to use to get you started!

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2009/5/6 2:49
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Re: Training schedule at Tokyo Ayase Budokan
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Try here:

http://www001.upp.so-net.ne.jp/bujinkan/

Look thoroughly thru this site. If the answers you are looking for are not on the site, then use the "contact us" portion. Please do it in that order, to save George time.

Good luck! I am confident you will find your trip there a rewarding expereince.

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/12/13 0:06
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Re: The passing of one of our own
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I got the call Sunday morning...

Sara was always kind to Michelle and I, whenever we travelled to Asheville. She will be remembered as a loving mother, a caring wife and fierce training partner.

I'll never forget when she almost knocked me out when I was her uke at a women's self-defense seminar in Cherokee, NC a few years ago. She volunteered to do this at no charge for the ladies on the Indian reservation.

Considering I was double her weight and a least a foot taller than her, I was a bit caught off guard when I got a swift knee to the nose! Many good training memories.

She will be missed...

Gambatte, gambatte, gambatte!

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/12/9 7:57
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Ninja Summit '08 is almost here!
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Hello everybody!

Once again the Mid-Atlantic region's premiere seminar is returning to Richmond, Virginia.

October 4th and 5th, Bujinkan Shima Dojo will be hosting several instructors that are volunteering their time to teach and help raise money for a great cause.

This year we have moved the date back a few weeks to try and take advantage of the cooler weather! Hopefully the "bujin" will look kindly upon our decision, lol!

Updates and more info for this event can be found at:

www.ninjasummit.wordpress.com

There are several updates that will be occurrring for participants in this year's Summit! Please check the site to see the special offer for the first 30 attendees!

I look forward to seeing you at Ninja Summit this year!

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/8/29 6:46
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Re: Notice to all of Papa-san's students...
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Eva is correct! Amazingly Papa-san is home (and glad to be there I am sure!).

He feels a bit worn out (he has been through a lot in a short time period) but he is happy to be home and in Papa-san's words he:

"...wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, good wishes and energy, and all you have worked to do. Thank You. I do think it is because of all that energy sent that I made it through all this."

Several people are hosting events to help with Papa-san's medical expenses. I am aware of one coming up in Chicago in a few weeks (March 22, I beleive), with several top notch instructors. I suggest that the host of these various events be sure to post them on sites like Shawn's wonderful site, Kutaki no Mura (hint, hint). This will allow us to support Shawn's site and help Papa-san at the same time, as well as spread the word and allow more attendees to these type of events.

Papa-san should be back on-line, sometime very soon!

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/3/5 23:20
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Re: Rare HATSUMI Books / Collection for Sale
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Tiffany,

Most of these books are actually fairly easy to locate...maybe not in the store, but for sure on the 'net.

1.UGP? is very hard to find and always high priced. Ben Cole has mentioned it will be reprinted in the next year or so, I beleive.

2.Alex Esteves book is available on Arnaud's website, Budomart...it allows you to pay with Paypal. The only other way is from Alex in Spain and it requires a bank transfer, so Budomart was the way I went, much easier.

3.If your are talking about the hardcover book written a couple of years ago, this book is available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

4.Tetsuzan is very hard to come by, but not impossible. I bought a copy from Buyubooks (now defunct), so you may have to seek this one out. Ebay or used on Amazon come to mind.

6.Knife and Pistol fighting...this book pops up on E-bay every so often and I have seen it as high as $100 but was lucky to catch it for $20, so it can be done. Keep your eye out and you'll get a deal. The one I found was in English and Japanese...

Good luck on your search, all the books are worth to have as part of your collection, IMO.

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/3/4 7:03
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Re: Notice to all of Papa-san's students...
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Well it happened quicker than was expected...Papa-san had surgery today for the additional hardware they wanted to install and it seems he is doing well.

Today, the doctors said he might actually be able to go home within a week or so.

Papa-san is awake and alert and is anxious to be home... rather than eat any more hospital food.

Please keep him in your thoughts.

Doug Tweedy
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Posted on: 2008/3/4 6:27
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