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Re: Bujinkan in Vancouver + Toshitora Yamashiro
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There are no rules against training with two or more instructors. Train with as many people as you like.

Posted on: 2009/6/24 17:32
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Re: Serious Bujinkan training
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Find a city with more than one dojo, train at all of them. That should easily amount to daily classes. There are a few places that train more days than not, but if you can get a spread of instruction then even better. Go everywhere you can.

Posted on: 2009/6/8 10:51
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Re: returning too training after a very long absence.
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I'll echo the general consensus and say go train. Stretch properly before and after, keep yourself hydrated, and do not hesitate to work at your own pace or to refrain from activities you are not up to doing yet. Starting over again at a physical disadvantage (from others or an earlier self) can teach you a lot.

Posted on: 2009/5/1 6:03
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Re: Pressure points locations video
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Information, regardless of source, always requires verification. Disdaining a source like the internet is akin to admitting an inability to discern.

Posted on: 2009/4/7 4:28
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Re: Bujinkan Dojos/info
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There's already a dojo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Posted on: 2009/4/2 7:33
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Re: Bujinkan Dojos/info
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First, there is no governing body for Bujinkan in Canada, it just doesn't work that way.

Second, which organization do you currently belong to?

Posted on: 2009/4/2 5:00
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Re: The mind and attachment
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Guess we can’t have a discussion about what or how something is without discussing how we, as individuals, come to know what is.


“Proper study requires pragmatic approaches and logical reasoning. Emotions and feelings do not help in understanding anything beyond having that emotion. It gets in the way of understanding, as it clouds the judgment.”

I think the above statement represents one of the great phallacies (spelling intended) of philosophy…perhaps of all time.

Even our sense of a lack of mood is still a mood, and is something we experience in conjunction with our reasoning. Experience informs logic, and while experience can mislead us (as in mistaking an emotional response to a situation for how things are, or even the phenomenon of ‘filling in’ that the brain applies to ocular input), understanding necessitates consideration of all aspects, including emotions and feelings.

We can be told something is logical (and agree, deductively) and we can be told about an emotion (and empathize by recalling a similar experience) but these are both merely bits of information – knowledge comes once information has been internalized, coloured by the subjective, and then understood. Only then can informed judgments be made.

However, I completely agree with the following statements by the same person:

“The problem with living in an emotional sphere of thought ( confused for the "feeling" sometimes) you're bound to read into things, things that don't exist sometimes…
…when discussing it ( that's all we can really do on a forum) we ought to "reason" without making obvious mistakes. Yet by discussing it we can learn from others thoughts.”


Heidegger once wrote:
“Discourse is existentially equiprimordial with state-of-mind and understanding. The intelligibility of something has always been articulated, even before there is any appropriative interpretation of it. Discourse is the Articulation of intelligibility. Therefore it underlies both interpretation and assertion. That which can be Articulated in interpretation, and thus even more primordially in discourse, is what we have called “meaning”.”

So back to the original question,

Perhaps it is the nature of the ball and the gourd, both filled with air and lighter than or buoyant compared to the water, despite being removed from their natural habitats or circumstance, to float on the water, be it rapids or calm. Unless the ball or gourd, their nature interrupted, become submersed from taking in water and become weighed down, or become caught in a current and crushed upon the rocks.

For the nonce, these are my thoughts on those sayings and on mushin.

Perhaps these adages of the ball and gourd are adages (sayings) because it’s all interpretive.

Interesting how a ball or gourd is different from an empty boat…

Posted on: 2009/3/27 6:52
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Re: Other styles!
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Ryan,

On the topic of "knowing how the other guy fights":

From 'Advanced Krav Maga' by David Khan:

page 77 - "the shirt-hold pressure and lock release" (a variation of hon gyaku)

page 80 - the "front and rear cross collar choke" (variation of hon jime)

page 100 - "the cavalier" (variation of omote gyaku)

page 102 - "control hold one" (variation of oni kudaki)

Throughout the book are various 'MMA' and 'Ju Jutsu' (to name just a couple styles) offensives, holds, evasions, and strikes. Also interesting to note is a reference to an "180-degree rear step", similar to some Aikido movement, called "tsai-bake" (which reminds me of tai-sabaki).

It's a plethora of martial tactics smushed into one system. The usefulness thereof likely depends on the practitioner. Many of the martial arts therein derived from aspects of koryu that students of Bujinkan would find familiar.

It's also messy and ugly and similar to what I've seen happen to many martial artists' 'technique' when confronted (or being confrontational) in the kind of 'real-life' situations none of us are keen on (bar brawls, muggings, street fights and so on).


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Posted on: 2009/3/26 9:05
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Re: SPECIAL OFFER! NINJUTSU TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE.
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Maybe it's the glacier run-off infusing our water that makes us so darn 'tough'...

Posted on: 2009/3/11 17:42
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Re: SPECIAL OFFER! NINJUTSU TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE.
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I presume to know precisely of whom you speak. The Namiyama Dojo buyu were at the last DKMS. They're the only other Canadians I know of who train ice, snow, ocean year-round.

Pictures can be found here, for the curious:

Namiyama Dojo photo gallery

Fun times!

Posted on: 2009/3/11 9:43
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