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Re: TOGAKURE'S TAJ JUTSU
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Dear Bujinfun,

I wouldnt be so worried about that "article". It was written almost 10 years ago by someone who apparantly doesnt have solid information about the Life of Takamatsu sensei. Most likely he has put bits and pieces together from different sources.

Just the opening about him probably being from former samurai family and not so fortunate shows he knows very Little about the Takamatsu family. Takamatsu senseis father was a wealthy and influencial character in the region. There is also ample proof that his father had a Deep interest in martial arts and that is most likely why he got his son involved in it.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2015/1/22 0:21
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Re: GODAI AND TAJ JIUTSU
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Dear Guiseppe,

Maybe its a language issue but I really dont see what you are aiming at. Even if you have some Martial Arts background you cannot be taught kamae from book or internet. All this about moving backwards to Ichimonji, forward from Jumonji and so on, is rubbish if you ask me. You can move in all directions from all kamae. There are certain reasons why the kamae exists but you should never limit them to ONE specific movement. That would make you too easy to predict and would lead to you getting killed in a real fight.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/28 0:35
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Re: BUJINKAN SCROOLS
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1-Is there somebody here, that seen the famous scrools?
-Which scrolls are we talking about.? Can you be a bit more specific?
2-Have they been never published in some book?
-Given we dont really know which scrolls you are talking about its a bit difficult to answer. Can you tell us why Hatsumi sensei should publish his scrolls in a book? DO you know of any other soke of ryuha who has done so?
3- Are there really so ancients, I mean, are they older that Takamatsu?
-What does it matter? I dont have a scroll about my ancestors but still they existed. How could I be here otherwise?
If you cannot even tell the difference between the kamae from different ryuha, please dont waste time thinking about the scrolls and how old they are. Its pointless.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/24 5:21
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Re: New student requesting some information.
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Sparring is not the only way to test your level. Scenario training, drills, high intensity kata practise, randori, real fights are some options you have. alet me direct the question back at you. In the kata danshu there is a nasty kick aiming at ukes leg. The goal is breaking knee and grounding your opponent. Its finishes off with a heel stomp to the side of the ribs when the opponent is on the ground. How would you fit that into your sparring? You cant risc seriously hurting your training partners so what would you do? Abandon the technique?

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/17 22:15
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Re: TAJ JIUTSU: KAMAE AND FOOTWORK
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Dear Guiseppe,

Such answers cannot be explained in a satisfactory way through text. You have to have a teacher show you correct movements in relation to kamae. Like has been mentioned, dont think of a specific kamae as offensive or defensive; it all lies in the situation and the application. Theoretically you could kill someone just by sitting on top of them (say over the chest). Is sitting an offensive posture?

Each Ryu-ha have slightly different ideas on how to move in a fight. This is in many cases one of the most important "secrets" in the art. For example,the movements from ichimonji, hicho and juumonji in Gyokko Ryu are of tremendous importance. One could easily say that if you do not learn this correctly then you cannot do Gyokko Ryu. Moving backwards, diagonally to the back, sideways, diagonally to the front, forwards and on the inside or outside of your opponent exists in all Ryu-ha and you can do it from pretty much any kamae. Here is my advice. Attend this seminar: https://www.facebook.com/events/179871588722934/
Its in your "region" and I can guarantee you will get to experience kamae since this is the backbone of Mr Zougharis teachings.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/15 19:54
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Re: Can someone tell me what Hatsumi book this is - probably pretty rare.
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Are you thinking about the book titled "togakure no ninja"? Its not written by Hatsumi sensei but I think he contributed greatly to it.

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Posted on: 2014/1/11 21:11
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Re: GODAI AND TAJ JIUTSU
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The book Ninjutsu - History and Tradition was not written by Hatsumi sensei but by Stephen Hayes. The Godai is no invention by Hayes but the connection to the kamae and kata is definitely an invention. Mr Hayes himself has also said so when asked about it. It was his way of teaching taijutsu to westeners. However, preparing yourself for engaging an enemy requires some mental discipline so naturally it exists, just not like Hayes says.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/11 21:05
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Re: New student requesting some information.
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Kframe,

I understand that the MMA-mindset is hard to shake off. Unfortunately you have entered a martial art that has Deep roots in the Koryu tradition. Progression in japanese martial arts follow a concept called "Shu-Ha-Ri" which means you first copy your master. Before you have to "empty your cup". A lot of things (and I really mean a lot) are done differently. Some things may take years of study Before you can begin to grasp. I recommend you read this interview: http://www.aikidojournal.com/article?articleID=702

Mr Threadgill represents a different martial art but what he says is very interesting and holds true for the arts in the Bujinkan as well.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Btw, I had similar thoughts about Jodan Uke and there are reasons why it is done the way it is done. However, there are many ways of doing Jodan Uke, even with small circle or direct to the inside or outside of the attackers arm.

Posted on: 2014/1/9 20:12
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Re: KAMAE BUJINKAN
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Dear Guiseppe,

The video may show the kamae in a "rigid" way. This is nothing to be concerned of though, I ´think, since you need to start out by learning kamae this way. From there you learn how to move from kamae to kamae and later to be able to be in a sort of ever moving kamae. There exists variations of the kamae so dont be surprised if you see a Juumonji with feet further apart than you are used to or with knees more bent. With the right training everything will make sense and you will find kamae within the waza of Gyokko Ryu where you perhaps did not see one initially.

Regards / Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/9 20:05
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Re: New documentary featuring Dr. Kacem Zoughari
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Guiseppe,
Check your PM

Regards/ Skuggvarg

Posted on: 2014/1/9 17:27
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