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Re: Speed??
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I had someone once ask me, "What do you think is the strongest part of the body"? of which I replied the mind..If you can learn to apply your mind to a situation, everything else will come into place.

So my opinion in this situation is that speed and strength although you can use it to your advantage if required, it is not all that important in certain situations. Why bother exausting your energy if it is not required?

Posted on: 2007/1/11 6:47
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Re: Nasty knife
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I actually read about this in a martial arts magazine, and found it is a very good thing to look at and tried it while training. Placing white chalk on the training knife.

At first I found I had white chalk marks all over my gi, but soon, I found I got used to the rythym and timing of the knife strikes. So what I find is keeping your distance from your opponent until you've gotten the feel of the rythym of his strikes at you helps out heaps.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 18:50
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Re: Turmoil
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I actually only had a discussion about this with someone yesterday...Lol. In my opinion it's what you call "the common man" which is what makes goverments turn to corruption. Governments tend to start out great but then due to human nature they fall under pretenses of greed, lust, envy....and so on, and so on. But in turn we need a basis of government, as without it the world would turn to chaos (thing such as no law or order set ground rules for people).

You could easily say to just let the people decide as a basis, but that would also place in a form of government of which will eventually become corrupt like the rest.

It is said that people will always need leadership and it seems what your proposing is what is called survival of the fittest. So in order to survive in the world you propose is to become strong within this chaotic world and overthrow and crush anyone in your way...

For some reason I don't think this would work, as much more war would be raised by people trying to take what they want due to there greed in wanting more land or power, so peace would be out of the question.

Just my thoughts.....

Posted on: 2007/1/5 6:48
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Re: how would an experienced budoka handle this guy?
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There is more than one way to beat someone in a fight... It does depend on the senario though. In this case I find I would have the advantage as I have all the Information regarding my opponent and his style. Whereas he'll be fighting the unknown...

Another question is why he wants to fight me? If you can take that reasoning away there will be no reason for him to fight.

A thing that I have learned from my previous martial arts teacher is even the most highly trained person is liable to make a mistake

As I usually do I would follow as Sun Tzu taught appear weak when you are strong, appear strong when you are weak. By doing this it gives you a mental advantage in getting the opponent to either over or underestimate you.

Posted on: 2006/12/30 7:57
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Re: Tachypsychia
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I agree with DD, as I have had Tachypsychia happen to me on a number of occasions although this is the first time i've actually heard that term before. lol. Anyway as I was saying Tachypsychia can be a gift or a curse, so when using it be careful

Posted on: 2006/12/23 5:15
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Re: Rebuttal to Criticism of the Bujinkan
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When I First Started Bujinkan I had just recieved my black belt in Shotokan Karate, my sensei although was a great teacher where I learnt many great things from him, was more interested in getting me to a black belt level ASAP, so that I can help him teach classes.

When I recieved my black belt I felt as if I was not ready for it or didn't earn it you might say, Although I knew the movements, I most probably at that time couldn't apply them if the situation occured. Right now I would probably only remember how to do 2 of the kata's that I learned in karate.

When I went to my first Bujinkan class when I was 16, it became very interesting to me how they do there belt system. How all the moves must come naturally to you before your graded (Of which I find a better way to do it as your taijutsu is then apart of you instead of techniques set in concrete) my first coulple of months there after about the third month I had my first grading, it was after a routine Wednesday night class and my Shidoshi said "Congratulations to John on his first grading"

My first thought was What did I do to earn this, when I asked this question to my Shidoshi he said to me "when I first came in my body where used to the movements in Karate, the long strides the rigid movements, although frustrated in class you stuck it out and now your moves are much more fluid and you have improved a great deal."

So from this experience I say "let them criticize all they want I'm here to train, because when I train noone else matters the only two people that exist are my uke and I."

Posted on: 2006/12/23 5:08
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Re: Not just ninjutsu
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I tend to tell people constantly that I'm not ninja, I'm Bujinkan

Posted on: 2006/12/21 17:20
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Re: Sui Ren, water training
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How very interesting I'll have to give it a bit of a go....Maybe at the beach and really work on my balance

Posted on: 2006/12/21 14:25
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Re: Merry Christmas
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I would also like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope the best in all your endeavors into the new year

Posted on: 2006/12/19 11:11
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Re: Some thoughts on violent situations...
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Yesterday I read a good article in a martial arts magazine on fear.

I'm not gonna write the whole article but the basic rundown is that fear is an essential part of confrontation, but its what we do with those fears, whether we choose to run from them or face them.

Posted on: 2006/12/19 11:08
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