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Re: Latest Menkyo Kanji
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My sources simply list 體 as a nonstandard (read archaic) form of 体. No other readings or meanings given.

Posted on: 2007/12/11 12:08
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Re: The concept of enough
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Duncan, as an aside...

When did this "dedicated to the Bujinkan martial arts of Masaaki Hatsumi Soke, and to the spirit of cooperation and friendship in the Bujinkan community" become the stated purpose of Kutaki no Mura?

I recognize that as being the purpose of the podcast but that is a different entity. I do, however, remember Shawn calling Kutaki a Bujinkan social experiment or some such.

Just trying to define terms and watching the goings on with an interest born of nothing better to do whilst enjoying a beer...

Posted on: 2007/11/7 13:40
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Re: Armour
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Yes... well. A part of my point was that it is difficult to "specifically" classify things in these arts of ours.

What is "Samurai armor"? Is that like a "Samurai sword"? Is it any armor that a samurai happened to wear? Or is it a specific part of a Samurai archetype costume? If a "ninja" were of samurai rank, and preferred to wear chain mail, would that make chain mail "Samurai armor"? What era are we talking about? Is the samurai in question of a certain rank and is he on foot or mounted?...

Beyond the armor specific question, just because we have not received specific instruction about a topic in reference to a specific ryu-ha doesn't mean it doesn't exist or that the subject matter has not been accounted for. After all... there are many (most?) who think there is no bojutsu specific to the gyokko ryu. However, there was Bo specific Gyokko instruction given a couple of years ago in Japan. Food for thought.

Good luck with your research.

Posted on: 2007/11/6 12:21
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Re: Armour
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There are pics out there of Hatsumi-sensei wearing "ninja" chainmail. Kind of shoots that ninja = no armor theory...

Posted on: 2007/11/6 9:23
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Re: any bujinkan in iowa
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Originally being from Des Moines, I can tell you that there is no one there that I'm aware of. I get back down there from time to time but spend most of my time in Sioux Falls, SD these days.

If you end up in Des Moines, it might also be worth your while to check out the Twin Cities for training opportunities as well as Chicago. From Des Moines, Minneapolis is 4 hrs away, Chicago 5 - 5.5 hrs away, Omaha 2 hrs, Sioux Falls about 4 hrs, and St Louis about 5 - 6 hrs.

Good luck.

Posted on: 2007/10/28 12:26
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Re: Hehehe...
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Quote:

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The man asked a question. Why are most, but not all... a downgrading scolding for him asking a question. "I DON"T KNOW," is an answer... Why is, "WHY IS IT IMPORTANT" an answer???


Well since my post seems to be the one in question, I'll answer this.

"Why is this important?" is not an answer. It was not intended to be. It was however, a response. A response that had a couple of purposes.

First, it was designed to clarify the intent of the question asked. As far as I am aware, it is still appropriate discussion technique to ask questions to clarify intent so that an educated and relevant answer is possible.

Second, I often ask questions with the intent of making others think. Call it an educational tool. I happen to think that it is useful to examine your motivation for asking the questions you ask. There are lots of reasons for this.

While I will admit that my response was short and direct, it was not "scolding". Feelings seem to be easily injured around here of late. I wonder if that is in the "Spirit of Takamatsu-sensei".

Posted on: 2006/11/28 10:12
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Re: others federations that recognize bujinkan?
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I understand what you are asking.

I don't understand why it's important.

Posted on: 2006/11/27 8:29
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Re: others federations that recognize bujinkan?
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Define recognize. And... why is recognition from some seprate entity important? Does another party's recognition make the Bujinkan more relevant or legitimate in some way? How?

I guess the bigger question is this... Do you find value in Bujinkan training? If not, why are you bothering to train? If so, why do you care what anyone else thinks?

Posted on: 2006/11/27 5:54
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Re: how takamatsu sensei lost his eye...
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Now... that's probably best asked privately via e-mail or PM.

Common sense isn't.

Posted on: 2006/11/19 1:18
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Re: how takamatsu sensei lost his eye...
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Let’s think about this.

Takamatsu-sensei had a series of articles/interviews published in the 60’s (in the Mainichi Shinbun if memory serves) regarding his training. Some of these included references to past injuries. Hatsumi-sensei discussed some of these injuries in his books in the ‘80s and in the Bujin and Tetsuzan newsletters of the 80’s and 90’s. In fact, he specifically re-published Takamatsu-sensei’s newspaper articles. Now to the thinking part…

At the time Bujin and Tetsuzan were published, Hatsumi-sensei asked us to consider them a form of Densho. Bujin was designed to educate about traditional ninjutsu practice and Tetsuzan was geared toward contemporary practice. That being the case… does one include items in Densho that are of no training value? That’s ridiculous.

If you want something to be kept hush-hush, you keep your mouth shut. You do not publish that something in a newsletter of unrestricted distribution and advertise it’s availability in Black Belt magazine. Being that the latter was the case and not the former, I find it difficult to believe that Sensei considers this particular information sensitive or confidential. Nor can I imagine him losing a wink of sleep over someone asking for verification of it via Kutaki.

Now, in fairness, most people engaged in this discussion were not training when Bujin and Tetsuzan were in print as Duncan, Ed, James, and I were. It’s far better, I think, to give the person asking the question a better idea where they can find the most reliable information (as James did) than to claim that it should not be discussed and imply that it’s privileged information. It was freely given to all of us. No one has a greater entitlement to Hatsumi-sensei’s written word just because it was included in the Densho-du-Jour before others were training.

Duncan… I don’t get it. I have agreed with you at times in the past. I have respected your opinion on other occasions even when I didn’t agree with you. Neither of those is the case on this occasion. If you think things shouldn’t be discussed on the net… fine. That’s your perspective and you’re welcome to it. In fact, I agree in many cases. What I don’t understand is, why you continue to participate on an internet forum when you have such evident disdain for the medium. Given your recent vitriol, this can do nothing but agitate you. Maybe you should step away from the keyboard and have a beer… or better yet, as you’ve admonished others… train.

I have read/heard what Hatsumi-sensei has said about the internet. Fine. I understand his concern. However, the electronic written word is no more accessible than the bound written word. And in cases where Takamatsu-sensei and Hatsumi-sensei had/have no qualms publishing information, I see no need for us to avoid those previously published topics on the net.

Posted on: 2006/11/17 11:09
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