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Re: Kayakujutsu
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Here's some advice. Learn what you can about maintaining small fires if you need to survive in a forest setting. Understanding basic chemistry is a reliable path to learning how to use kayakujutsu in a more mundane fashion.

If you've seen movies like Zoolander, then you've seen examples of extreme kayaku-jutsu in action. Gasoline + match = fire or BOOOOOOM!

In Secret Techniques of the Ninja, Hatsumi cites Takamatsu's caution to him that cigarette smokers can use their smoke as metsubushi.

In short, there are many different possibilities, or henka if you will, for applications of kayakujutsu. So learn and play! Safely!

Gambatte,
- Manny

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Re: Dojo in North Carolina
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That's the same question I asked on Kutaki when I first registered! I really hope you have a car and gas to burn, because the few established dojos in NC are far apart from each other.

Check the link that H20ni suggested - it's a great resource for finding Bujinkan dojos.

Wishing you much success and fun on your Budo quest!

Regards,
- Manny

Posted on: 2006/11/21 8:33
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Re: Used Bujinkan Videos/DVDs for sale
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I just realized I also have two Hatsumi Sensei seminar tapes from the Canary Islands too. One is on Sanshin/Gogyo no Kata and the other Kihon Happo. $20 each on these.

Jeff


Are the Canary Island tapes in English, or at least have English subtitles?

Hopefully, it's possible to get a whiff of some valuable advice from the DVD just by watching Hatsumi-sensei move, even without understanding the language...


- Manny

Posted on: 2006/11/5 1:21
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Re: Used Bujinkan Videos/DVDs for sale
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Does anyone have a used copy of the new Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu DVD? $44.95 is an awful lot for a college student not working a job...


Domo arigato,
Manny

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Re: Just wanted to say hi.
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Hi Mr. Wilson, welcome to our little part of the woods ^_^.

Regarding your question about horizontal attacks, I would suggest that you experiment with your cross-training partners. For example, you have a roundhouse kick coming for your ribs - what do you do against this? Play with the distancing, angling, and timing, but SLOWLY in training. What happens if you simply step in the same direction the kick is following? What if you back up from the kick - is the impact of the attack harder? Or, you can move into the kicker as the kick is coming...who knows... Also, it would help to see what makes the attack powerful - remember angling, distancing, and timing are essential in taijutsu, as Soke Hatsumi will often say.

I hope this helps you in your training. Keep your fire/passion/drive alive, and gambatte dude!


- Manny

Posted on: 2006/10/26 1:06
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Re: Is Bujinkan still authentic?
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Many have questioned the authenticity of the Bujinkan, just as there were doubters who challenged Bruce Lee after he began teaching kung-fu to non-Asians. Look how that turned out ^_^.

To define "authenticity" in a nutshell, I'd say that authenticity is a major part actual effectiveness, and the rest is just history (no pun intended).

I remember Soke writing in one of his books that not having a clear history is part of what makes ninjutsu ninjutsu .

Some things just need to be taken on faith. Without faith, where would be in life?

I, for one, have faith that what Hatsumi is teaching us is "authentic" in terms of effectiveness (from personal experience) and its roots in real history. I hope everyone on Kutaki feels the same.


Gambatte Kudasai!
- Manny S.

Posted on: 2006/9/12 12:20
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Re: With feeling . . .
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But how can you do anything without intention? It seems like a contradiction, and it is so for the reason, that is why techniques arising from this counciousness is refered to Kami waza, for it´s source is beyond the real of reason.


From my own training experience, I have noticed that "just going" for a technique will be much more effective than actually *trying* to do it.

The contradiction you spoke about stands because, I believe, there IS an intention: an intention to end the confrontation, to defend oneself. It is a holistic intention that takes in the whole of the situation at hand, rather than just a single punch or technique.


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Soke is also a painter and any artist understands that the source of inspiration is beyond what we know as emotion even though it may use emotions as a form of expression.


Hm...food for thought; I'm hungry ^_^. A master painter works with the concept of no mind (mushin) when they paint. They might want to paint about, say, a waterfall, but won't fuss and think too much about little details. They'll do their best to capture the essence of it, without trying to force a natural look into the painting.

Thanks for hearing me out guys...
- Manny S.

Posted on: 2006/5/4 11:16
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Re: Wilderness Training
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That would be Waretown, NJ. Here's a link to the website: http://www.trackerschool.com/contact.html.

- Manny S.

"Banpen fugyo" (ten thousand changes, no surprise)

Posted on: 2006/4/20 10:06
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Re: Shock Knife!?!
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Wow, sounds like an invaluable training tool, but the price seems intimidating. A dojo with enough students (and the financial benefits that follow) could purchase a single one to be shared by everyone.

I'll check E-bay and see what comes up ^_^.


- Manny

Posted on: 2006/4/16 12:23
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Re: Buddhists in Japan - 500BC?
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Even though this is my 2nd semester at my college, I took a Survey of Asian Art course during 1st semester and learned that Buddhism was exported to Japan in the mid-6th century C.E. (the mid 500's).
Prince Shotoku Taishi, or Prince "Crown Virtue", was accredited with actually making contacts with Chinese Buddhists and inviting them to Japan.

I used this really massive textbook called A History of Far Eastern Art by Sherman E. Lee; I forget the name though.

Hope this helps some.


- Manny

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