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Re: Another Ninjutsu organization in South America?
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Posted on: 2009/4/29 7:32
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Re: Recent rise in new students?
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I think a lot of people with protest votes in the last election are starting to understand the phrase "cut your nose off despite your face"

Posted on: 2009/4/17 2:53
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Re: The Case For Systemic Effectiveness
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Sorry Art for missing your point,

However, I disagree with the assumption that the training happened the way John described. There is an art side to martial arts. Those two did not just clone the techniques they were training in. Impossible, they are two different people. The art has been passed down many generations with many soke interpreting the art in their own fashion. Over time, I'm sure the philosophies of how the Soke approaches a technique changes, as well. The fact is, the Bujinkan has become international and, yes, that changed the training, too. The question itself would most likely not have been posed otherwise.

I doubt you can measure the effectiveness of an art compared to another, but you can measure its success. Original Korean arts died, Japanese arts live and some are 2000 years old. For example.

Perhaps saying we are effective because of our art might be wrong. Maybe our art is effective because of some of the people it brings in or attracts or that add to it. Or, maybe it is a two way street (for any art).

Systems are only as good as the folks employing them. How do you measure success in a martial art? Anecdotally.
How do systems improve? They adapt to current situations and technologies and so on so forth. If they don't, their practitioners cease to be effective. Even in the olden, romantic days. You scoffed at the .45 issue that was brought up saying it wasn't part of this or that ryu. However, Soke has demonstrated firearm techiniques and even said thay are useful tools, therefor they have become a part of our Bujinkan system. That is why our art is succesful. It grows. And that might be why some folks are effective.
Is that valid, too?

Posted on: 2009/4/17 2:49
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Re: Recent rise in new students?
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After reading the new criteria from DHS...I didn't respond to this.

Posted on: 2009/4/16 7:01
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Re: Pressure points locations video
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I can only "stomach it" once a year, thank you, and only because of Rabbie.

Posted on: 2009/4/16 7:00
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Re: The Case For Systemic Effectiveness
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*Second, the fact that when you imagine yourself face to face with a swordsman your first thought is that of using your .45 makes me think you have little confidence in your sword fighting skills. So then why would you teach something in which you do not feel competent, claiming to have experience in this field?*

And not using your .45 would make me think your not very bright if you had access to it. That or you weren't paying attention to any strategies taught, yes, even in the Bujinkan. I'm not going to duel with a swordsman, whether I'm higher skilled or not. I'll take the more effective route.

*Third, all of this does not answer John's question on what makes what we do in the Bujinkan so effective. Pulling out a .45 has nothing to do with the study of Kukishin ryu kenjutsu or taijutsu.*

I have a video of Soke pulling a firearm using taijutsu. I think it has everything to do with the study. The mere fact it is considered lends the art an effectiveness limited in other arts which wouldn't dare study firearm application.

Posted on: 2009/4/16 2:37
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Re: Pressure points locations video
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Ask her to make Blood Pudding from scratch and you may get Haggis the next time. That was an experience not for the timid.

Posted on: 2009/4/15 7:20
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Re: Pressure points locations video
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Eric is a good guy to train with. He comes to our seminars in Vancouver every so often and trains hard. See, you just have to look.

Posted on: 2009/4/15 4:14
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Re: The Case For Systemic Effectiveness
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We have had several memebers "use" the physical aspects of our art to great success. One of the students had a diasability and was able to defend himself. Another escaped a drive-by. These are modern applications, neh?
I actually used a story passed to me by Ed ( I believe)when he related a tale to us about some neighbors on a porch. Instead of escalating the fight, the buyu commented on a sunset. Derailed the fight in the aggressor. I was followed to a parking lot by someone who thought I wronged him on the road. We got out of our cars, I walked up and apologiezed for antagonizing him. He was way out of line, but I was able to de-esculate the situation. I'm comfortable with my taijutsu, but I had to weigh other considerations and a fight would have been the last thing I needed. He accepted the "out" we talked and said good bye. End of conflict. When I was kickboxing, I would have damned the consequences. I have learned a lot of other skills related to the physical aspects of budo and have developed a healthier mindset. That is effectiveness.

Posted on: 2009/4/15 2:05
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Re: Pressure points locations video
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It could just be every three months or so. Just practice.

Posted on: 2009/4/14 9:55
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