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Teaching English in Japan
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So how much free time does a foreign assistant English teacher in Japan have? How much YEN does it take for a week's worth of food? How much do the trains cost? It would be awesome if these and other questions about teaching in Japan could be answered.



p.s. why is everything green now?

Posted on: 2009/9/9 22:35
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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I think you missing huge swabs of information. It's a value judgement, libel only works cases or statements about others that aren't true.

My statement that I don't have the same kind of respect for x in a y percentage/ ratio comparied z. judgement, is a value judgement.

Ed, I have met enough people to make this claim, my sample is broad enough.

Ed it's my value judgement.



Determining if something is a value judgement or not will often times depend upon the language used, will it not?

Posted on: 2009/6/30 0:55
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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I was using my percentages as a conditional probability. I don't need to qualify it any further than that by using I think. This is due to the fact that I am the subject or the person that is doing the act. I don't need to offer an I think because it should have been understood since it was an agent relative value judgement.


Not so for matters pertaining to libel and slander (as far as I understand) in the US.

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I stand by my percentages as they are conditionally reliable.


Seems to me that that's irrelevent.

Posted on: 2009/6/29 0:23
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Re: A complete Budoka - what does it take?
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neither do you need good, effective martial techniques in order to practice budo well.

Posted on: 2009/6/18 23:23
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Re: Sparring?
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Without courage, one can do nothing.

In my world, sparring helps to instill courage. It also helps to lubricate what one has worked on during waza training. In a gyaku fashion, waza training helps to refine and economize what one has discovered in sparring (or fighting).

The dojo is not THE test. It's one kind of study group for THE test. Nothing more.

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Posted on: 2009/5/29 0:47
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Re: Buji Rules?
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Not 100% sure yet - That depends a lot on the seminar organizer.

I was just about to recommend that you write to Sensei about your Buj/Jin training dilemma, but I see that you're already on that. (You've already had one Japanese Shihan tell you his direct opinion on here, but sure, go to the source if that's not good enough for you.)




Well, his opinion seemed to be that "chasing two hares" wasn't a good thing. To me, it is clear that Takamatsu sensei chased more than 2 hares.

In fact, many people would consider "mastering" 9 ryu-ha as "chasing 9 hares."

Just to clarify, the outcome of this debate (i.e. Soke's words) won't really influence my training all that much. I don't cross-train between the kans.

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Why don't you just ask your teacher what he or she thinks?



I have. Personally, he sees no problem with it.


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... or grow a fucking brain.



I think scientists are starting to do that nowadays. Maybe I can mail order one......

Posted on: 2009/1/2 19:52
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Re: Buji Rules?
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"If you know the situation you should act accordingly"

I agree. I think it would be disrespectful to assume one knows the situation by listening to the "grapevine."

"If one really have problems in judging the situation"

For me, it's more about questioning 3rd parties' judgements.

"I would recommend writing to Soke and asking for advice"

Nice call. I'm in the process of doing so.

Posted on: 2009/1/2 0:47
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Re: Buji Rules?
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So... if someone told you to follow some advice, but that was not written out for you to reference later, you wouldn't follow that advice????



Not necessarily. For myself, following advice has nothing to do with whether or not it's written down; however, RULES are written down because it mitigates the effects of the "grapevine" (he said that she said that they said....).


Hatsumi Sensei has written about a LOT of stuff in his publications (Sanmyaku, Tetsujin, Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, TenChiJin, Advanced Stick Fighting, Ninpo Wisdom for Life, etc, etc.). Why would he neglect to mention this point (i.e. no cross training with other kans) if it is so important?


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Many thinks (methinks) in Budô are not written, but are between persons.


And many things are written down.




p.s. Don't assume that because the doctor tells you to take aspirin, that aspirin is appropriate for everyone.

Posted on: 2009/1/1 21:15
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Re: Buji Rules?
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http://www.bujinkan.com/guidelines.htm


I'm still not seeing it there.....


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skuggvarg wrote:
All jokes aside. Of course you cannot train with Manaka san while being an active member of the Bujinkan in my opinion.


Why?


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I've been wondering the same, but managed to see the logic of this tangent after some pondering






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I fail to see how because takamatsu trained one on one with several teachers at the same time (most likely the teachers knew and agreed upon it), this is somehow a proove that you can train in the jinenkan.



I fail to see how people can construe something as a rule meant to be applied universally when it isn't universally available from the source (i.e. Hatsumi Sensei's official publications).




p.s. Hey Shawn, when are you coming back to Austin? I enjoyed your seminar.

Posted on: 2009/1/1 12:02
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Re: Buji Rules?
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Thanks for the site.

"So it seems Takamatsu Toshitsugu studied under both father and son..."

Mr. Richardson's book seems to support that.

However, it states:
"Ishitani Takeoi taught both Hon Tai Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Hon Tai Kukishin Ryu. He passed these two schools onto his son, Matsutaro, who also became Soke of the Shinden Tatara Ryu, which he had learned from Akiyama Yotaro........His father sent him the menkyo kaiden to the Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Kukishinden Ryu anyway via Akiyama."

That's an odd inconsistency. What's up with that? Did he give his son both Kukishinden Ryu and Hon Tai Kukishin Ryu? That seems to contradict what Mr. Richardson writes in the Kukishinden Ryu section of his book.

Posted on: 2008/12/30 18:32
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