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Re: Sudden loss of aerobic capacity?
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I am also taking hypertension meds. Depending on what type you are on, what you are describing is a side affect. Usually it goes away after your body adjusts to the meds. If it doesn't go away, the Doc should try you on a different type. It took a few years before my Doc found the right type. dosage level and combination to get my blood pressure right without those types of side affects.

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Re: New book by Soke?
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Great pictures, some yari kata descriptions. Impossibly cryptic writing full of word play. Definitely not something to be read straight through. Lots of lessons that need serious contemplation to absorb, unless it is just me and I am to dense to understand it ;)

Posted on: 2011/6/18 1:47
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Re: Bujinkan Budo Densho by Carsten Kuhn
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Perhaps looking at the book first and then pointing out the errors in the depictions of the kata would be more useful. The point of the book is to put the written descriptions of the kata into visual form to facilitate memory when training. It is not intended as a replacement to being actually taught the kata by a qualified instructor, as the guy states in the book. No written or pictorial representation of the kata could adequately convey the movement anyway, even watching live, most people don't get it. Who is teaching the matter of fact, actual kata and not some personal interpretation of them? Where can I find a list of said instructors ( I really would like to see one). For Gyokko Ryu I have four different versions written down by respected teachers, all differ. Some in small ways and some quite a bit different. Which one is correct? And how much does it matter? This year is Kihon happo, how many different versions of these have you seen over the years? If these books are used for their intended purpose, they are fine, like buying some one's personal notebook. If you are trying to learn the kata from these books you will miss the mark.

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Re: The Most Direct Path
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Seems if you are looking to use kata in a sparring/fighting scenario you are setting yourself up for failure. From personal experience you wont have time to pre-plan any movement and execute it in real time, at least not against a skilled adversary. If you train the kata, the right portions of the movements will happen when they are supposed to, without thought or decision making. You shouldn't know what you did unless someone records it. Then you will see the kihon in action. In a few situations both friendly and otherwise I have found this to be true. There are faster ways to learn the technique, but they will not bring you to the same level of tactical mastery. It is just like ukemi, when you first learn it, you do it slow, you discover the nuances and your body learns when it is appropriate. If you TRY to do it your timing will be wrong and you will roll yourself into a broken elbow, shoulder, crushed skull, etc...That being said, it is good to include randori practice in your training, even more useful if you do it at someone else's dojo. Don't let your ego get involved and just move and see how you do. If you choke it simply means you need more practice, that you have not absorbed the lessons in the kata. Video yourself, it catches all your sins :)

Posted on: 2011/4/27 10:29
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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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"There is more to kukan than people think"
seems like a contradiction to me....there are no deeper meanings, labels are just labels and are meaningless.
Then why do Japanese change their names when they get older...how bout the tradition of warrior names...Why give have names at all?
there is no kukan. Is yellow really yellow? Or is it yellow because thats what someone told you?
When you look at an abstract painting what do you see? Why do you like it? Do you see something in the expression or is it just a collection of blended colors and shapes? Its Ok if we don't ever agree, but I am curious what you get out of one non-linear expression that you don't from another. As an artist, I am used to approaching things from a different angle than the average person. I am not insane, but I do admit to being on the eccentric side.
Don't you think the name ogawa big/small river comes from something? Probably the area they were born had a river big or small or the town was named because of the river and the child recieved the name because of that. When I name a pet, I name them based on personality. You think that it is wacko? Meaning is meaning. life doesn't require consensus to have meaning. Really, niether does wisdom. You could be the one wise person in a sea of dolts, wwould you be less wise because nobody else could understand?

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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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"Ogawa is a common name in Japan it means big river, ok how is that understanding the personality of a person"

Big river could = over-flowing spirit, flowing with love like a big river, etc...depends largely on the frame of reference. Some names of techniques are based on what they look like, others have more to do with the feeling of the technique, then how they look. You only look at the kukan?
so sometimes you don't do it with aggresiveness, passiveness, or other feelings? You are always non-attached?
How about joy, or fun? you don't play when you do a technique? Sounds like a dull way to train. But what ever gets the results you desire I guess. I suppose you are not a fan of abstract/modern art either. To each there own.
Good discussion though.
I don't consider any of this as wacko...I find it a heathy use of non-linear thinking.

Posted on: 2007/5/23 14:33
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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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"paralysis of analysis"
I like this one.

Posted on: 2007/5/23 1:02
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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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"And, please don't tell me that you do Chi no Kata with the feeling of the Earth."

You don't?...LOL
Do you do chi no kata with different falvours? ( oh wait, you don't eat chi no kata so how can you taste it?)
Don't you change the feeling of the technique? Do you do the same chi no kata in different ways?

"Names are not in the same class of objects as stories."

then what are names? they are mini stories...Hasn't anybody asked what your name means? There are books on names and their meanings. They do tell a story. The same as the names for the kata in the Bujinkan. They didn't just write a bunch of random words, put them in a ninja bag and randomly select names that sounded cool..(or did they?)

People only see what they choose to see. The repsonses tell a definate story of each responders personality, just as a persons taijutsu changes with a person's personality.
I viewed the story from a first person perspective, I only thought about the guy. Ed on the other hand, looked completely past the guy and too how his lack of wisdom affected the environment and possibly other individuals. You don't see anything at all. Its all representatve of who we are, where we are at, and so on.
good link, by the way.

Posted on: 2007/5/22 18:54
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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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Is unclean water refreshing?

"If you continue to look deeper you might find that the stories simply are simple and not "deep" and are just as shallow as your pool of water. But, if you discovered this or if you were led to believe this, would you ignore it and continue to believe what you want dispite the evidence?"
This is a useful line of thought.

Haven't you ever heard the term "cool drink of water" as applied to nice looking female?
don't you find beauty refreshing?
The symbolism isn't ad hoc or random, as in your tree example.
If I said, look before you leap, that would just be boring and nothing to talk about. Why not just call onikudaki break the dudes shoulder..demon crusher is much more interesting don't you think?
Don't you get anything out of movies, books, or art other than the obvious story plot? Even the stories about socrates have meanings other than what they directly say.
Is the 5th dan test just dodging a sword or is it something else?

Posted on: 2007/5/21 19:08
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Re: A nice account of wisdom
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"And one quick comment, You both talk about looking deeper; but, if you didn't like the answers would you believe it, instead of what you want or wanted to believe?"

The point of injecting this story into this thread was precisely to see what kind of answers you came up with. You didn't come up with any so far, you didn't like Ed's, but you didn't offer up your interpretation in its place. The one about illusion wasn't what I was after, but it was right just the same.

Posted on: 2007/5/21 14:45
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