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Re: Hatsumi's successor?
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Great points Shawn.

Maybe they are just doing something actually ninjaish...and stepping out of the spotlight.

Having your every word and move documented probably
wasnt how it was traditionally done : )

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Re: SPEAR system
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His equipment is solid, as are his concepts.

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Re: Cross Training
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I've been invited to an MMA gym (save the jokes please).


I dont get it. What would there be to joke about?

Anyway, good for you. Although a 6 hour class is very, odd to say the least. Is this some kind of seminar?

Posted on: 2012/2/5 14:05
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Re: Short image film about our dojo and our art
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Standard Bujinkan Budo taijutsu as it is typically trained is not the most appropriate choice for self defense that one can make. I'm not saying that their aren't "goshinjutsu" aspects of training, or that there is absolutely no crossover. Or even that it cannot be trained for self defense. Just that its not the most ideal. Most reality based self defense systems worth their salt focus a VERY large portion of their time on things like "pre fight", as well as how to respond verbally with a potential threat. Whereas BJK dojo usually focus on things once the fists are already flying, or very shortly before. That is just one important distinction. For starters I would highly recommend Geoff Thompson's work, as he is one of the "pioneers" of modern self defense theory.

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Re: Short image film about our dojo and our art
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I agree that the Bujinkan is not designed for modern self defense, and if advertised as such would be an example of false advertising.

Having said that I believe the video was able to convey its point very well to the general uneducated public.
It did not actually show self defense techniques being used in a self defense situation, or claim to be able to offer that.
It showed a girl who found herself in a physical situation. Having trained in physical " fighting techniques" (however watered down) the girl felt "comfortable", or at that moment "switched on".

The video made no other claims.

According to renowned self defense guru Geoff Thompson's book "dead or alive"

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EXPLORATORY APPROACH

Interview with a real mugger :

'We walk up to them and ask the time - this distracts them. If they look like they know what we're gonna do, or if they look a bit tough or answer with a rough voice then we just walk off.'

CASE HISTORIES

The exploratory approach will often be coupled with disarming dialogue, (the four 'D's) used to prime the victim for attack. It is also used as a secondary awareness assessment - the attacker wants to see if you are switched on and wants to make sure he is safe before he attacks.

If at this point, or at any point after victim stalking, the victim appears switched off, the mugger may initiate his attack/threatened attack without further priming.

Unless the attacker is a real pro he will show signs of adrenal reaction in the exploratory approach that you will sense, so listen to your instincts.


NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT

If the mugger feels that the chosen victim is switched on to the attempt and his secondary assessment is negative, he will often abort and find a more vulnerable victim



If I were to critique the video I would say that the girl was "switched off" until the last minute in which case it may be too late. But being it was a simple video, which eventually conveyed an important concept I think its ok to cut it a little slack.
Now if it were a how-to video I would probably have more of a problem with it.

Overall, nice job.

Posted on: 2011/9/17 14:49
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Re: Good Taijutsu from outside the Bujinkan
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Wow, what a simple question and simple answer. OF COURSE ITS GOOD TAIJUTSU. Even from a bujinkan perspective.
Did you see what that guy was able to accomplish ??? LOL

Out comes the usual B.S about sport arts and groin shots and blah blah blah. .
The question was not " is this good for every self defense situation"

Lets not forget that most "ninja" folk were extremely athletic. Climbing, jumping, running etc. Look at the early videos of Tanemura doing kicks from handsprings and whatnot.

Just because some "top" instructors are older and perhaps out of shape and perhaps unable to perform anything athletic, does not mean that should be the norm for the rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU_Klz ... 1&list=PL520E97B1DBBA0D1B

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWAweo ... ature=channel_video_title

the OP must have known the answers he was going to get.




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Re: Possible training in Jupiter, FL?
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I will second what Marty said.
But, if you want to be a dumb guy and get in trouble on your honeymoon....the closest Bujinkan dojo is the Palm Beach Bujinkan dojo under Paul Fisher.
Google will get you there.

Posted on: 2011/5/1 12:33
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Re: Kacem's Interview
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Koryu or Koryu derived martial arts or combat arts in general are/were designed and created for an elite groups of dedicated individuals. They are not created for a hobby.


I agree.
Wasnt it Hatsumi soke himself who once wrote (paraphrased),
"out of every 1000 practitioners, only 1 will be the real deal" ?


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Re: A brief history of Japanese Budo
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In the US I like to read the "Tea Party" literature. It is very similar to the above article.

Marty


Really ?
Obviously an opinion based on your personal political inclinations. I dont think its appropriate to say its actually similar.
Of course your free to argue your point.
And we can turn this into a thread about politics, debating back and forth for pages and pages. Sounds fun, but Naahh I'll pass.

Seriously though, kind of a dumb analogy in my opinion, on a few levels.


Posted on: 2010/10/22 14:12
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Re: Columbia Tai Kai Godan Test
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Really?!?! The SWAT team may be planning take him out? Has the Justice Department been notified? Are these real people? Life seems to be imitating art. Cheesy art at best.


LOL, cheesy? Hey,that was my favorite Magnum P.I episode !
Seriously though,what SWAT team wouldnt be afraid of someone able to dodge a padded training sword wielded by someone like Mr Papa-san?

I'm about at the point of putting more value on people who are below Godan. Talk about a bizarre art.





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