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Re: List of Tai Kai (Hatsumi Sensei)
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Re: Working Holiday Job Options
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I've also noticed that you'd have to be extrmely lucky for your work to be
a) near hombu
b) flexible enough to give you time off to get there/train/get home
.. notwithstanding the ability to speak the lingo/find an apartment etc
Good luck!

Posted on: 2011/12/21 18:55
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Re: Women & violence
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Speaking of trains etc:

Incident I witnessed on a train form Tokyo to Noda:

A drunk local was hassling people on the last train, verbally but right in their faces. He was very drunk (last train to Noda - Ayase night!)
As the train rolled into the next stop, about 5 people who didn't seem to know each other, sort of walked him onto the platform, with zero phycial contact... and left him there as they returned back on board. Astonishing stuff.

Reminded me of the story of Noguchi sensei calming a crazy coleague down who got violent in work with this sort of passive but spirited intention.

Posted on: 2011/9/28 0:41
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Re: First class design?
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I was asked back in 09 to teach a short course to "disadvantaged" kids. These were about 6 x 14-17 years old lads who had dropped out of secondary education for various reasons. In took it on out of curiosity and to gain experience in handling an out-of-my-comfort-zone situation. The classes were monitored by social workers as these were failry unruly kids. The first few classes were rather undiciplined (as these kids "tested" my position)

So I did a lot of ukemi which they loved - about 75%. The rest was large gyaku movements - osote, o-gyaku etc and throws. It became a balance breaking/ukemi class with a lot of paired-interaction. One fella was into boxing and had a fantastic fighting spirit but wasn't great at ukemi but stuck with it. He was always throwing sneaky jabs at me but I showed him how our sabaki and kamae helps against that.

The results were far better than I expected and I received a letter of high praise for producing a course that allowed the kids to work together and de-emphasised the "martial" side of things. I was told that these kids showed a lot more interest in the other activities that they did at the centre, knowing they had "ninjutsu" coming up that day. So i can say that a short bujinkan-inspired course definitely helped with their personal development, at least to a temporary degree.

Posted on: 2011/9/14 20:09
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Re: Short image film about our dojo and our art
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Very nicely done

Posted on: 2011/9/7 20:03
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Re: Moving to Indonesia
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I trained with a group in Kuala Lumpar back in 2006 on my way to Oz. They actually asked me to teach them a class seeing as I had gotten my shidoshi earlier that year. They were a sincere lot but i lost touch. All i remember is that the teacher there was a fellow called James Lee, who was connected to an Ozzy shidoshi based in Indonesia I believe who's name I can't recall.

http://www.bujinkanmalaysia.com/contact.html

Posted on: 2011/8/27 3:03
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Re: The fear & Anxiety element……
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Related:
As a djojo-cho I often find myself subconciously "knowing" when the uke throws a banana strike and just stand there letting it wizz by saying "In that case, you don't have to move. But if they do try and hit me you can do the technique I'm trying to show you". Its a bit smart-arse alright but generally gets the message across to the uke. Its also very interesting from my own point of view as a sign of the old spidey sense kicking in albeit it in a dojo environment.

Just last week the opposite happened when I had "finished" with my uke and wasn't in an obvious zanshin state, just thinkig about what to show next - then suddenly they tried to take an extra sneaky shot and I unconciously moved just as it landed where my head had been. Brilliant to see the look on their face as I disappered. Needless to say, we did some fairly meaty itemi-waza after that :)

Posted on: 2011/8/11 1:27
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Re: First Class
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First class:
1989 Dublin - two shidoshi Billy Doolin and Mark Guest (still active!) did Ichimonji no Kata and rolling on a wooden church hall floor. There were about 4 others (including my current teacher Alex Meehan!)

First class teaching:
2008 Dublin - 2 years after receiving godan - I taught the same thing. There were about 4 new people there and now 3 of them train with Alex because I moved location.

How does it feel? I'm still as in awe at Soke's budo and am very happy I've immersed in it for so long and still feel like a mu-kyu!

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Re: Learning from Aikido?
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On the flip side, one of my Bujinkan students is a senior aikidoka. I asked them if anything that they've studied with me for a year comes out in their aikido class. "I stand on peoples feet a lot" they said "They don't like it one bit".

Sweet.

Posted on: 2011/6/17 23:30
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Re: The Shuriken Thread
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I'm not regular enough to Japan to have gotten any direct instruction so base my throwing on taijutsu, as per Zenigata description, and other sources (Quest dvd's, bujinkan seminar conversations etc).

I've come up with some useful training ideas over the years (bo-shuriken):

- always start half a tatami from the target and work your way back, half-a-tatami each time, but only after 10 "successful throws"... this helps to gain the focus mentioned above

- use the outstretched hand, like in sanshin, as a "sight" and the throwing hand, as in sanshin, reaches for this sight...

- I've seen palm facing forward to throw the shuriken but I prefer palm to the side (like shuto) as i think it works better for off-angle thows (like to the side, as in hira kamae)

- I show my students these things but only after they're with me a year, and i always do it before the main class and always say "this is not bujinkan, but uses taijutsu and is good for your focus"

- I use layered cardboard boxes and insist on eye protection and use vertical tatami to surround the target,

- i throw tatami darning needles (gotten on my first Japan trip 2004) and various shuriken from the web

Posted on: 2011/5/31 2:55
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