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Re: Moving to Indonesia
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Thanks. Arrived in Jakarta last night. Whatever I can find I'll post and do what I can to make it available to anyone who may ask in the future.

Posted on: 2011/9/4 23:15
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Re: Moving to Indonesia
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Thanks Papa-San! I'm ready for whatever turns up! I think I may have found some groups in Yogaykarta and Depok, the last of which is fairly close to where I'm going to be living.

Posted on: 2011/8/26 6:23
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Moving to Indonesia
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Hello. I've landed a job that will be moving me from NJ to Jakarta, Indonesia. Quite a shift. I'm excited about it but I'm also trying to connect with some training out there. I think I have made a tentative connection but I'm wondering if anyone here knows of training in Indonesia, or Jakarta more specifically firsthand.

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Mike

Posted on: 2011/8/25 10:09
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Re: Practice Vs Training - article
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I really enjoyed this! Thank you!

Posted on: 2008/12/14 0:48
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Re: beginner question, though not only for newbies.
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Hello! My name is Mike and I am member of the Princeton, NJ training group. I have been studying just over two years and I travel about five hours one way to get to class (which is once a week). From my personal experience that left me with a lot of time to train on my own. In terms of working my basics when I went to pick out my personal gear (gi, bokken, etc.) I also saw on the wall of my local martial arts store Jack Hoban's Art of the Ninja video series on dvd.

Jack's videos are on the money and you have the advantage of breaking down junan, ukemi, san shin, kihon happo, etc. at your own pace (i.e. the pause button). I personally took a notebook and sketched the movements into stick figures and broke them down, making them a helluva lot easier to understand. There are four of them and they run about $30 apiece but they're well worth it!

Hope this helps!

Posted on: 2007/1/15 6:53
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Re: Shoten No Jutsu Training Methods
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What type of shoes work best for this training? I have been using a six foot plank, about six inches wide, four inches thick. I have also been using a worn out pair of sneaks, but was wondering last night if a pair of tabi might be better suited. Does it matter?

Posted on: 2006/9/20 1:28
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Re: proper leaping
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There is an incredible video that I found on YouTube yesterday from the 70s. It's soke training outdoors in what I guess I might call "old school drilling". I recall reading that he used to train in a "hammer and tongs" sort of way and I guess this is what he meant. INCREDIBLE.

There's some fantastic leapers in this video so I'm posting the link. The guys are literally running up trees like I read Takamatsu Sensei used to. Unreal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmbrv6qlVM

Posted on: 2006/8/29 5:05
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Re: proper leaping
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The Joe Eigo video was cool. Yesterday in class my teacher had us leaping using a park bench to gauge our movements. I imagine access to some sort of stadium seating would work well, also.

Posted on: 2006/8/28 2:22
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Re: Koga-ryu video...
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Thank you for getting back to me about this. I'll chat it over with my teachers this weekend but I thought I might be able to get some info. from this forum as well. Much appreciated!

To me, the idea of an ura soke (at least from a sensationalist perspective) would be a very cool thing!

Posted on: 2006/8/26 5:16
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Koga-ryu video...
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Hello all my name is Mike and I am a member of the Princeton, NJ training group. This is only my second post although I've been reading for quite awhile. Most of the discussion seem at times a bit over my head so I've hesisitated to add my two cents...until now that is...

Today was browsing thru some shelves at a magazine store and saw a copy of Budo International. I bought a copy (don't ask me why) and now hours later I'm flipping thru it with the feeling that my five dollars would have been better spent at the boardwalk arcade. Anyway, there was one interesting thing there so I thought I would post on it.

In several pages of advertised videos for sale there are two that claim to offer instruction for Koga-ryu ninjitsu. The instructor's name is Juan Hombre (i'm not making this up I swear) and the magazine states he "is the only European authorized to represent this Ninjitsu tradition". One video apparently applies to fighting technique (taijutsu I guess), the other to weapons.

I've read historically that this is an authentic school of Ninjitsu but I was unaware that anyone was teaching/studying it. Can anyone tell me if this is the real thing or is it the second coming of Nicholas Linnear and Sho Kosugi?

On the same page there's also a Bujinkan video offered by Pedro Fleitas (who I've seen on the 2003 Daikyomosai video) and a Genbukan video by Peter Vermeeren (another name I've heard).

Of course I'll talk to my teachers about it this weekend but I thought it might generate some discussion. Hope everyone is having a good week.

p.s. I didn't mean any disrespect toward Nicholas Linnear...

Posted on: 2006/8/25 12:23
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