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Re: Kutaki Access - Important!
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Well I know that this, with many of my other posts, will not be considered very important as I view many attitudes have become elitist on this board. I simply cannot believe with how UNcertain the future of the Bujinkan is, with most likely no next grandmaster and an uncertainty of how things will be run- that we would shut out the board to those that arent in the "club".

While I disagreed with some on posts and agreed with others, I found Kutaki to be one of the BEST overall sites on the net for good Bujinkan and OTHER martial arts discussions.

But, this utter El Torro Poo Poo (BS) about the quality of posts improving by not allowing non-bujin to post is leaving me without words to describe the absolute RETARDEDNESS of the idea.

In my opinion, which is probably extremely low here, some of the lowest "quality" of posts I have read have come from registered members on this board. I will not point fingers or name names because I am sure others view my posts as that, which is fine, but it is a sad day to think we as bujinkaners are better than others.

How egocentric do members of this art have to become to think that the views and ideas of others arent important? I guess thats because I'm a different type of Shidoshi-Kai member that believes a little more in free thinking and spirit to develop a students COGNITIVE ability to function, think and become a GOOD LEADER of the society they live in. Hence why I am sure this post will not go over well and I will be flamed, ridiculed and told I do not know as much as others.

That is correct, I do not know as much as others- which is why I enjoy a good debate here and there, like to learn what others have to say and see if I agree or disagree. I like to learn other perspectives of other martial artists, not just Bujinkan Clones.

I have been a member of the Shidoshi-kai since 98/99 and never bothered to scan my card to gain access to the Shidoshi Kai forum just for this reason. As everyone says how this is Hatsumi's art (which is funny cause I thought it was EVERYones art, not just one person AND I thought the provinces in Japan back 1,000+ years ago invented what is known as the bujinkan, not just one person- but as usual i am WRONG), but I find it funny how it is HE that has the trade mark, stamp of approval etc. etc. on this art and I do not see as to why a NON SOKE has any right to ask ME to scan in MY card simply to be on a FORUM.

And just to clarify so some might get a better understanding of my perspective. I have been training In martial arts for over 15 of my 27 years on this planet and teaching for 13 of those. I have spent 11 great years in the Bujinkan and have traveled to Japan many times. As stated I have been a member of the Shidoshi Kai since 98/99 and I use what I have trained in for real life- as in posts you might have seen I am a law enforcement Officer. I say this not to "toot my own horn" but to give you a glimpse into the life of one of the soon to be FORMER members of this board- maybe I do have a bit of experience that others may learn from, but probably not because I havent been training for X years and dont have Y rank.

I hope this "decision" is rethought and non-bujinkan are allowed to post here.

If not, I hope your discussions are more enlightened than my bitterness I am sure you feel is in this post (which it is) and that Bujinkan becomes the only art out there. Because apparently there is nothing else?!

Farewell.

Posted on: 2006/4/14 10:38
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Re: EGO in the bujinkan and on this website
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Hi everyone,

I think Glen hit on some good points with this thread. For one, Ego and observation of someone elses movement is true with the "in the eye of the beholder" saying. I have quite a few personal views and experiences of this topic in the states as well as Japan, and I will keep it just that- personal. However, one point that I do have to agree on with Glen is that I do see quite a bit of "ask your instructor" replies to THOUGHT INTENSIVE questions. If someone were to ask a question such as, "who is the current grand master", or "which end do I hold a katana with", those are valid questions to be answered by the "go ask your instructor" verbatim reply. However, this is the reason I have not posted in a while on this board, I myself being an instructor and practitioner of Bujinkan as well as other arts, am tired of seeing the same reply. So quick are people to say- "this topic has been discussed, use a search engine, ask your instructor"- to put it simply I see it as a "don't waste my valuable time with your simpleton question".

I ask one thing. If a question appears to be thought out, researched and somewhat specific, it is our JOB and DUTY as Shidoshi-Ho (such as myself), Shidoshi and Shihan to ANSWER these questions/debate these questions/entertain these questions. So many look at "the net" as a bad thing. I WISH I would have had such resources back when I started my training, but that was almost 15 years ago. I can see how someone could misinterperet "ask your instructor" as an ego-driven response. Perhaps the individual did not find the answer they were seeking?!?! It is somewhat true there are stupid questions, but I believe that in the majority the only stupid question is the one that was not asked.

Just my two cents and only 15 years of experience. I have many years left to train and learn, and maybe I should have asked an instructor before posting this . Just give it a whirl, if this is something other instructors/practitioners do not agree with, than so be it. I would hate to see a student get frustrated over something so simple as what instructors are here for- to guide and GIVE knowledge.

Yours in the Ninpo spirit,
Shidoshi-Ho, Dan Klimut

Posted on: 2006/1/12 14:53
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Re: Statistic research: how long have you been training?
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Started year 11 of continuous, intense training/teaching on July 15th, 2005. Still have another 70 years, give or take, to go (that will put me in my 90's, hopefully I'm still able to walk then and remember the stuff I've forgotten) :)

Posted on: 2005/11/17 8:29
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Re: instruction in phoenix, AZ, USA area?
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I teach in the Phoenix area. Currently Tuesday nights 8pm-9:30pm at the community room in Bookmans on 19th Ave and Northern and on Thursday nights at Thunderbird park at 23rd ave and Thunderbird (7pm-9pm). Training is as always, free, and anyone is welcome to come and train. Send me an email at WolfClanNinjutsu@gmail.com for more details/specific instructions on how to get to where we train (especially the park).

Posted on: 2005/11/7 9:56
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Re: past frustration resulting in uncertainty to pick up BBT again...
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One bit of advice. If you worry about rank in the Bujinkan, you will eventually give yourself a heart attack

I say this because when I initially trained, rank was approached with a totally different aspect than it seems to be now- I still hold that original aspect true. I have noticed a trend in many Bujinkan dojos where rank seems to take quite a long time. I have my personal feelings about rank, and as I stress to students it is a "catch 22". It is important as a progress tracking tool, something to strive for and it SHOULD, on face value, let fellow students and teachers know at about what competency level you are at. At the same time tho, rank is something that other than those listed reasons- SHOULD NOT MATTER. If you let rank go to your head, youre dead.

I personally have seen both ends of the spectrum on rank- those that made you wonder if they had even attended one class, and those that train regularly, yet were the same rank a year ago.

The funniest thing in relation to this, I see on other forums and whatnot when a student has a choice to make on which dojo to attend. There is X instructor who is high rank, a shihan etc. but is farther away. The Y dojo is closer but the instructor is only a Shidoshi-Ho or 5th Dan. It is amazing because many post how rank is un-important etc, yet those same people ALWAYS say go to the higher ranked instructor. I simply find that CONTRADICTION a bit funny.

With saying this, I know many will disagree and that is fine. I think it is a shame to hold students back for whatever reason. My "limited" understanding is that Shodan is simply stating someone has "mastered" (using that term LOOSELY here for lack of a better one) the utter basic of most basics in regard to taijutsu- which is the Kihon Happo, sanshin, ukemi and some weapons. I do not understand why many students I have met arent receiving their Shodans till 5-8 years of regular training. On that schedule people would not technically be able to even attempt their Godan test until 20+ years into training, and I dont think theres too many godan + out there that waited 20 years to take the test :)

Again, that is my opinion and I know many will disagree with that. Also, as Papa-San stated, do not worry about others. Concentrate on your training. Also, there is nothing wrong with talking to your instructor about why youve trained for X amount of months or years and no promotion. If anyone says otherwise- along the lines of "your teacher knows best" or thats "disrepectful"- thats a load of BS. You have a vested interest of time, money, spirit etc.etc. and you have every right to wonder. This doesnt mean say something along the lines of "hey, whens my next promotion?!?!". Keep it tactful and ask whats the typical time-frame or what you need to improve in order to progress etc. If I hadnt promoted a student of mine in a while i would EXPECT them to ask me about it. It is my job as an instructor to keep a mental page of each students progress and know when they should be up for a test or not- and as I state to my students, the actual test day is not the deciding factor on rank- I test my students EVERY time they come to class. The formal rank test I hold for them is to see how they do under a bit of pressure, what they can come up with etc.

I post this not to necessarily take the side of the original poster, but unless there were some odd circumstances like bad attitude, total lack of understanding or whatever- the amount of training he listed, 10 hours a week in the dojo then outside training as well, theres NO reason you were only a 7th kyu after a few years of training. Thats more along the lines of 3rd kyu to Shodan for that much of training. Not that quantity always dictates quality, but if you train with an instructor/senior student for 10 hours a week, I dont see how one could regress or not progress at a decent rate.

Just my 2 yen ( with all that rambling its prolly more like 232 yen :)

Posted on: 2005/8/15 13:32
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Re: Looking for a place to buy steel toe tabi
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I found 2 options for Steel Toe Tabi:

They are found at www.buyubooks.com
Under search just put in Jikatabi or just click these links

Option 1- True Steel Toe Tabi
http://www.buyubooks.com/product_details.cfm?id=10431
will run you 35 bux with about 20 in shipping

Option 2- has a metal alloy reinforced toe
http://www.buyubooks.com/product_details.cfm?id=10432
will run you 39 bux with about 20 in shipping.

If youve never ordered from www.buyubooks.com be ready to wait a few weeks (at least in the US it usually takes about 2-3 weeks for stuff to arrive) and they only send it JMS (Japan Messenger Service, or something like that). They require a signature upon delivery and if youre not home- you aint gettin it lol. They will usually try again or send it to a local post office.

I have to caution you about option 1- the true steel toe tabi, I wear a US 10, Japan 28 in tabi and they were a bit tight in the toes for me and this is with actual tabi socks on, not bunched up regular socks. I would have gotten a size 11/Japan 29 or 30 but it only goes up to 10/28.

I didnt try the other ones- option 2, but i think that might give some of the same effect as the full on steel toe tabi, but give a bit more room in the toes.

Other than the discomfort they are exceptional in quality and the 3 velcro fasteners are awesome. I gave my pair to one of my students that could fit into it, otherwise they would be the only pair i would be wearing. If you cant fit into the steel toe like me i would recommend the rubber ones or the regular side zip with top velcro fastner. I wear rubber ones outside, and the side zipper ones inside- love both of em. All the Jikatabi from buyubooks.com have sewn on soles- not the crappy glued on ones like most places. Until i find a local shoe maker that will make split toe boots, or can start making them myself i ONLY order tabi from buyubooks.

Posted on: 2005/8/12 6:34
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Re: *Shinobido-Imashime* For PS2
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The first Tenchu was the best ever. Anyone remember the first Bushido blade? That game FREAKING rocked. We didnt use bokkens for sword training back then- we used the PS1!!! heh, seriously though I thought that game was pretty accurate when it came to sword fighting and was awesome when you could disable arms, legs etc.

Bushido Blade 2 was a huge disappointment. There was a sword fighting game that came out a few years ago on the PS2, cant remember the name- had to work your way up with a clan and style and did tournaments. The background music was SOOO irritating, always sounded like a crying baby- anyone remember the title of this game? Other than that I thought it was pretty good.

And playing Tenchu is real training!!! You are REALLY doing ninja stuff in the game! Well, thats my reason at least.

Posted on: 2005/8/12 4:10
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Re: Pretending to be something you aren't...
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Dale,

Glad to see there are others that teach this responsibly. I forgot to include military and protection services under the course/academy list because that training is excellent as well.

I agree that the gun in the US is looked at like a sword in other countries. Tis a shame we progressed to guns the way we did. Dont get me wrong, I love target shooting, dynamic shooting, shoot houses etc. but too bad we couldnt go back to swords and sticks- Just somethin satisfying about thumping someone with a stick

The one thing that shocked me even on the "experienced" level was disarms and retention that was taught in the academy I attended. Wasnt exactly the best I would have expected to see- but then again, the type of mentality in regards to hand to hand combat I've seen in law enforcement is akin to those that make fun of martial arts to begin with- "that stuff wont work". The first thing most new officers take off their duty belts is their expandable baton. Everyone wants to Taser Taser Taser. Tasers are great, but a baton is a very versatile tool. Anywho, only one of our defensive tactics instructors made the disclaimer of- "becareful with gun disarms because these aren't going to work all the time and take ALOT of practice". On our "OC day" you could definately see the people that had practiced weapons retention and those that didnt. Basically you get sprayed with OC spray, have to fight thru it, retain your weapon, arrest your attacker and call it in. About half the class lost their weapons lol. That's a day I'll never forget.

Anyway, to get a bit back on topic, firearms, swords, sticks, hand to hand, whatever- I hope instructors of any arts out there teach responsibly and remind students of how lethal any type of combat can be and practicing other attacks is great, but dont rely on that training specifically.

Posted on: 2005/8/12 4:01
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Re: *Shinobido-Imashime* For PS2
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Looks pretty cool. I was a huge fan of Tenchu 1, Tenchu 2 wasnt the greatest, and Tenchu for PS2 was a bit disappointing. Still killer games though, the whole stealth idea instead of running thru and chopping people up was a welcomed genre in the ninja/samurai market.

Posted on: 2005/8/12 0:33
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Re: understanding waza
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You could also do some nifty ukemi utilizing your environment. Ever seen a Jackie Chan movie where he walks down a wall, or up one? I dont know about you guys, and Im not saying Im at the level of Jackie Chan or super Ukemi-ninja-guy, but why not throw a distracting hit to your opponent, grab onto their collar bone area for support and either push off the wall into them, or walk backwards up the wall and go around/over them.

To some this might sound crazy, but I practice this drill every so often and it "can" work- I think this conversation is getting into the "what-if" category, so theres a "well-then" response

Seriously, if you practice your ukemi and working with gravity and the world around you, you can accomplish some neat "ninja-ish" things.

Posted on: 2005/8/11 4:55
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