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Re: Boubi no Kamae
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Thank you for the suggestion, I do have the book (have read it twice through).

I was at work and didn't have access to the book at the time.

Please don't bicker so much guys. Seriously, you'll put yourselves in an early grave.

Posted on: 2009/3/3 0:02
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Re: Boubi no Kamae
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防備の構え

Found it! Only took 6 pages of google results

searching key = 武神館 "の構え" -DVD -VHS -video

lol

Posted on: 2009/2/25 5:33
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Boubi no Kamae
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Quick question, does anyone have the kanji for Boubi no kamae. I have unicode installed so I can read text characters, but and image of the kanji is fine too.

Posted on: 2009/2/25 0:55
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Re: Theme for 2009
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Why in such a hurry? We have a whole month of this cool stuff left.

Posted on: 2008/12/4 11:14
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Re: Combating the 'fight or flight' response
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Just do Zenpo Kaiten (Somersault) until you are very comfortable with it, then do Nanami Zenpo Kaiten (diagonal roll) until you are very comfortable. Work your way up in comfortable increments, and ask your instructor for pointers.

If you are having a head rush MAKE SURE you are breathing out while you are rolling. If you hold your breath you will get dizzy. If you have to, hum or make some other noise that requires you to exhale while you are rolling.

Just get comfortable in incremental stages, relax, and go at your own pace. You don't have to be perfect tomorrow, just a little bit better than today. "Keep Going!"

Posted on: 2008/12/4 11:07
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Firearms Training
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Thunder Ranch
Clint Smith

http://www.thunderranchinc.com/

This guy is excellent, his methodology to training is similar to ours. His firing stances are wonderful kamae. He has practical ideas, and has thought deeply about what those who came before him said.

I'm going to go to the concealed carry and defensive pistol courses eventually. His videos are EXCELLENT, literally the best I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot.

Most firearms courses are about speed, operating in teams, etc. This applies fine to police and military, but Smith approaches many issues from that of an individual acting defensively.

I've been studying firearms in taijutsu as a side project for the past few months, and I really would suggest this guy's stuff as a stable platform to explore from.

Has anyone found anyone else they have been impressed with, with regard to firearms? Not impressed with?

Posted on: 2008/12/4 2:21
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Re: Over Confidence
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One very dangerous thing I've heard many times (especially among promising lower grades) is that they aren't worried about looking around their surroundings or maneuvering themselves around dangerous areas in public because they can "feel" threats before they encounter them.

I know of one incident of an individual "feeling" that someone in a bar & grill was a threat and nearly starting a fight with the much larger individual certain that he would be fine.

Many of the people I'm talking about seem to get hung up on sakki and all that. I've dodged strikes from behind during training many times. These "happy accidents" (as the late Greg Dilley would say) are no substitute for awareness; but rather an augmentation.

I've heard more than one individual say that they "worry about what would happen to someone who attacked them". Often times these folks are of negligible skill even in training.

The problem is they don't state this to their instructors, often only to their peers. (Probably why I've been hearing it as I am a peer, not an instructor.)

I think that Clint Smith (a firearms instructor from Oregon) said it best. "We train to magnificence so that in a real fight we can be mediocre; and mediocre wins most gun fights." I think that this idea is being lost on many students, and it's a dangerous idea to loose.

Posted on: 2008/12/2 13:46
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Re: Over Confidence
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Briefly, I said if a student dies BECAUSE of faulty instruction. I didn't say if they "fail"; I didn't say if they "learn it wrong". I would also note that the instructor doesn't HAVE to teach them, or even once they have began teaching them continue too. If character flaws arise that an instructor isn't able to help with; and these flaws placed themselves or others in danger then there is no reason to continue to instruct them. Over confidence is comparatively easy to correct. It involves some physical pain, but it gets the point across to most people.

Absolutely Darren, I find no fault in what you said. Waza is ,in simple terms, the application of kamae. This is not the issue under discussion.

I'm not saying confidence isn't important.

All I'm saying is that I have seen a lot of overconfidence as of late, this is a very dangerous thing, and seeing as I haven't seen this under discussion specifically here, I wanted to bring it up.

Posted on: 2008/12/2 12:57
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Re: Over Confidence
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Exactly guys.

I was making two points, one much more suddley than the other.

Yes, watch out for over confidence, but have confidence that our waza is taking getting hit into account.

You have to be 'ok' with getting hit. It doesn't mean you have to be use to it, or numb to it. It just means you should at the least be conscious of the fact that it's very likely you will get hit, and hard.

I just think that there are many people who train in our art and others that don't understand the real concept of another human being trying to hurt them and at the very least partially succeeding.

I don't mean to be preaching to the choir, but I am really just throwing this out so that maybe someone somewhere who may be risking their life on this has some time to correct it.

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Over Confidence
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I have been fortunate in my two years of training in the Bujinkan. I have traveled around the U.S. and to Japan. I have met many different students and teachers, and have had to fortune of finding an excellent, practical, and thorough instructor with real life experience.

I enjoy chatting with other martial artists from the Bujinkan as well as other systems, and as of late an issue has been showing itself to me more and more. The problem of overconfidence.

In my discussions with other artists from our system, as well as others, many have it in their minds that they are head and *** above everyone else around. Some I think truly believe that they will never be hit in a real fight; a belief that will likely result in a rude awakening.

I think that there is a reason that a lot of the Sanshin and Koshi Sanpo puts you 45 degrees to the attack on the inside of the opponent. If you get hit in the face, guess where you go most of the time. Have someone hit you with tight left hook from behind and see where you end up. I'll give you a hint, it starts with Ganseki and ends with Nage. Get snap kicked in the side of the abdomen and you'll see Koku pop out pretty quickly. Also don't forget to consider why our strikes (done correctly) typically make people go backwards instead of to the inside 45.

I'm not an instructor, but if I ever have a student I'm going to remember that if they die because of my faulty instruction; that is on me. And Soke says that those who are overconfident are the first to be killed. I've yet to see someone just state this in plain words here, so I thought I'd go ahead and throw it out.

Thanks for reading.

Posted on: 2008/12/1 15:26
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