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Re: Is Bujinkan’s credibility eroding?
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maybe somebody knows, I am curious who posted the post #96? Interesting rant. Apparently form somebody with quite long history in the bujinkan and a lot of bad experience with people. hmmm....

on videos, i agree with Ercan.

I also occasionally record videos in the dojo where i train (sometimes post them on Facebook for friends only). I found that, when i edit them, i learn interesting things from the videos that let me re-live an experience.

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Posted on: 2009/11/26 5:26
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Re: Is Bujinkan’s credibility eroding?
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I recommend "The origins of Budo", a dvd by Hatsumi Sensei. Also if you are ever in Japan tune in duirng any class there with any shihan. Also I would suggest, listen respectfully how Nagato Sensei talks about budo during the break in his class.

In my opinion, the article is in big contrast with "what is " in the bujinkan (see the above sources and many others), Although admittedly, many people use the word "budo" or "do-arts" to contrast with the older "ko-ryu" arts. I have read read in several places (including interview by the bujinkan resident phd on the subject...) that the word budo is modern and was not in use in older times (before Meiji) when carrying weapons was... let us say not-forbidden in Japan. LOL

so maybe it is worth considering that the label budo us used by different people for different things...

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nakor wrote:
Hi,

I've found an interesting article:


Why Budo are not supposed to work in real fight


This brings up interesting thoughts on how the name of our art has changed from ninjutsu to ninpo taijutsu and then to budo taijutsu .

Posted on: 2009/11/18 8:25
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Re: Old Photo's by Arthur Tansley
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I think the naked women was a little over the top. If a naked woman came up to me on the street then I would be more suspicious.


It is more for the time when she is cornered or needs to direct your attention from something else...
I understand that nakedness was one of the kunoichi. Kind of "mitsu-something" . You look at the naked breasts and the sharp knife is all of a sudden not in your full focus... look into Sanmyaku for explanation of the "ku no ichi".... (i do not feel appriopriate for me to lecture here..) The theme was even shown in some Embu.

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Posted on: 2009/11/14 16:21
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Re: Not Again!
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said story altogether now the young guy will live his entire life with it.

I am far form defending burglars. I have been harmed by them for life; that kind of wound does not heal easily. However, what Pete said... i am thinking that people should learn early that they can use effectively mune and spare a life... AFIK this is NOT taught at kendo/aiki/iaido classes...

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Posted on: 2009/9/19 16:13
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Re: Welcome Back
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Shawn ,

thanks for all the hard work! I imagine how much work it was to upgrade.

... I guess I will eventually get used the the "greenish theme" .

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Posted on: 2009/9/7 17:50
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Re: Kenjutsu in the Bujinkan
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Tamatora wrote:
(...) two certain Japanese Kunoichi

Don't try to find them


and do not try to hide... they will find you if needed.

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Posted on: 2009/7/21 14:24
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Re: Kenjutsu in the Bujinkan
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But following from my last post

Benkyoka posted

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Because it has sword work in it.


This is a claim. To which i have asked a source for.



watch "The Origins of Budo" DKMS dvd (2004 if I remember correctly). It is coming from THE Source. How much you get form it depends on how much your eyes can see.

Pretty please, empty your cup.

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Posted on: 2009/7/18 4:47
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Re: Interesting article about loosing technique
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Very interesting article. Some points I noticed:

- development of fine motor skills can be "choked" (no word of gross motor skills that are used in our taijutsu, would be interesting if this applies to it too - i do not know).

- "Far more than fame, what Ralph Guldahl wanted was a nice, quiet game of golf."

-"By 1942 he was tired of life on the road and wanted a more stable home life for his wife and 7-year-old son. With the wartime slowdown in tournaments, the decision to quit was easy. His game soon grew rusty, and he didn't miss it enough to go back to training. "I never did have a tremendous desire to win," he confessed."

he did not practice and got rusty. Good lesson for us all .

IMHO, where over analyzing is screwing us up is when we work on very detailed specific case without working on a general movement principle. The late John C. Lilly called the former "programing the mind" and the latter "meta-programing the mind". According to his research our brain is comfortable learning meta-programs and chokes very easily on learning new programs.


One more random thought. From my experience, "mind moves the body" is a common method both in Tai chi and in Fledekreis (see the great little book "Awarness through Movement"). However, proper application of this method is based on elimination of superfluous movements to make the movement effortless. This is achieved by visualization, mindfulness etc. not by "over analyzing". Both of those teaching methods also rely on giving examples to play with and to "discover", merely inserting some generalizing observations on principles. The same in general applies to the way I am taught in the bujinkan.


thanks for pointing out this article!

mn

Posted on: 2009/7/15 8:24
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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I still find it funny people actually disagreed with training for 10000 hours until mastery or becoming "good" at something.
I'm not sure what that means.


I found it funny because i am convinced that you actually need 10127 hours of practice to become a master; 10000 is not enough. It is only after 10127 hours of practicing you (general British English "you" i mean) can declare yourself a master or "good" at something.

Please note that almost nobody achieved 10000 posts on kutaki yet, so we are all very bad at posting on kutaki and this proves that all the posts "cannot bear any weight" (including the one about the fact that you need 1000 hours).

Please also note that most of the adult people have been practicing communicating with others for way more than 1e4 hours and they are still far away form mastering the skill (some of them are even moving backwards...) hehe

is the circle already visible?

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Posted on: 2009/7/9 6:38
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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False beliefs in concert with desires and emotional states lead to wars and conflict.


yes

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Logic is necessarily true, but our beliefs aren't.



good observation about beliefs.

However about logic there are some "nuances" pointed out Kurt Goedel (aka in his youth as "Her Warum"). I am of course assuming that you are using a complex enough axiomatic system.

Apart from the fact of Goedel's "formally undecidable propositions", we have at least two more PRACTICAL (sorry: "praxoelogical", LOL) problems in relying on logic only:

1) application of logic is formally equivalent to computation. Complex computations done by humans tend to have mistakes that are difficult to detect in a timely manner. There are formal ways of detecting such mistakes but AFIK, they are impractical for martial arts purposes . They in general require specialized software (look up "formal verification" that has been a very active area of research and practical implementations since 80's especially for digital hardware and for mathematical theorem proving. For example, most of the logic in you iPhone is verified by such software in addition to digital and analog simulation).

2) if one decides to rely on logic completely one actually decides to BELIEVE that the computations are "good enough" by trading the risk of error vs. the risk of not using logic. Most of the times, this is a strategy that we use. And as quoted about "false beliefs...". Moreover, to rely solely on logic one implicitly assumes that one has enough time to perform the computations (sometimes things are happening fast, you know...) and that one can recognize the computations that need to be done. Also one has to believe that the input data are correct. Kyo-jitsu tenkan no ho works really well on people trying to compute in real time logical responses to things happening around them (no necessarily in physical fight). OK... need to go back to my work (I took a break whil waiting for some computations to finish, now thay are done).

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But, nobody understands humanity.


I met several people who do in my opinion. If you are going to Hombu Dojo, you are lucky to be around such a person. Understanding involves a lot of logic but is not limited to it (hint: what other two do we have in "san shin"? ).

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Posted on: 2009/7/8 4:02
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