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Re: Sword Training or Gun Training?
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Have you SEEN Michonne in The Walking Dead? A handgun only works if it is pointing in precisely the right direction. A sword creates great arcs of death and does not run out of ammo or jam. At close range against multiple zombies I know which I'd prefer!

Posted on: 2015/8/30 22:19
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Re: Shinden Fudo Ryu training weapons
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This place is in the UK but there must be an importer for this manufacturer in the US. They do a shinken and and iaito/mogito version for a great price.

http://www.katanamart.co.uk/en/buy-sa ... h_query=Shinden&results=2

Posted on: 2015/8/30 22:14
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Re: Which Tabi should I get?
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Sorry to digress but I need a new pair of naka tabi and my old pair have 7 kohaze but I only seem to be able to find them with 4 online. Any ideas?

Posted on: 2012/2/21 21:42
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Re: Which Tabi should I get?
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Or wash them. Or is that heresy?

Posted on: 2012/2/19 7:27
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Re: Which Tabi should I get?
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I'm not claiming this to be cast in stone but doesn't the split toe of indoor tabi exist purely because virtually all traditional Japanese footwear was some kind of flip flop, e.g. waraji, zori, geta, and they needed some kind of upper that would interface with the toe thong?

And jika tabi were no more than the existing tabi but with the addition of a rubber sole and no one thought to do away with the split toe even though it was now superfluous?

Of course the original flip flop design of waraji/geta/zori may have been due to nervous system meridians but I don't know what evidence there is for this, and would have thought a toe thong was chosen simply to better secure the foot in an open sandal.

I also don't know the reason some sports, fashion and watersports footwear also had a split toe but it would be interesting to research. Some of my students train in pilates 5-toe socks with little rubber dots on the bottom for grip, and there are now closed-toe MMA socks with the same grip (I'm sure they existed first as ladies' cosy-toes socks for lounging around the house though!)

Posted on: 2012/2/16 1:39
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Re: Christmas greetings
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Yes, thanks Darren, I'm pinching that, I will offer people a choice of either Merry Christmas or (copy + paste from above).

Posted on: 2011/12/24 22:18
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Re: Christmas greetings
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Surely 'Happy' is too traditional, we should say "Bon Festivus" or Bene/Bueno Festivus or suchlike!

And surely it is best strike a balance between tolerance and having one's national traditions trampled on and assimilated into some culture-less mess. I am apparently British but I no longer know what that means culturally, and I'm not racist or xenophobic (or I wouldn't be studying oriental arts).

We are only being oppressed when we are told what to do or not what to do. Let people do what they like as long as it doesn't actually harm anyone.

The Japanese are an excellent example of how to assimilate a tradition like Christmas without getting all sniffy about it offending their Shinto and Buddhist principles. How lucky we are in Budo to be influenced by such a people!

My kids brought home Diwali cards from their nursery, where there are only one or two Asian kids, who probably aren't from a Diwali-celebrating faith anyhow, and I thought it was wonderful. I'm sure those of you resident in Japan will return to your homelands with a whole new plethora of special dates in your calendar to add to those you grew up with.

In fact I am pushing for Public Holidays on the relevant days of all major faiths, and the whole of Ramadan, as well as Lent.

Posted on: 2011/12/20 7:21
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Re: Christmas greetings
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I'm with Ed on this, and the only exception I permit is for Pagan Winter Solstice celebratees, to whose pre-existing festival our Christ's Mass was aligned for ease of assimilation. So by all means say "Happy Solstice!"

Also, we Brits call Santa Claus 'Father Christmas', whereas 'Father Holidays' would sound odd, especially as we currently do not call this time of year 'Holidays', at all, as we use 'holiday' as in respect of what you would call 'Vacation", usually in Summer (think Cliff Richard's 'Summer Holiday'). Chevy Chase confuses this with Christmas Vacation so let's not go there.

I took my kids (3yr old twins) to church this morning to a Nativity play and Carol service, the first time apart from the odd funeral that I have set foot in such an establishment in many years. A really ancient place of worship many hundreds of years old. I just don't have 'faith' as such, I don't seem to be built for for acceptance of external spritual powers these days, and am quite envious of 'believers' in any faith, to have the comfort of someone watching over you would be quite nice, even though God allows some pretty awful things to befall the most innocent of his flock, even the card-carrying members. It is almost as though they get 'tested' more than us agnostics and atheists.

Anyhow, it was a very pleasant traditional experience, and one of my daughters loved it and soaked up the atmosphere, whilst the other looked constantly suspicious at so many people with the kind of facial expressions that you only find amongst enthusiastic churchgoers, with an expression of 'what is all this about, are these people normal?' on her little face. Especially as they went on about sinners for the first ten minutes of so (they must have seen me come in).

But whatever you call this time of year, from me to you and your loved ones, have a very good one, and let's all try to get on better in the new year.

Posted on: 2011/12/19 8:49
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Re: Happy Ninja Day
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The first rule of Ninja Day is you don't talk about Ninja Day, the second rule of............

Posted on: 2011/12/10 8:40
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Re: thoughts on Bujinkan from 1977
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Quote:

Lockfield wrote:


Quote:

ElfTengu wrote:
Personally I would feel privileged to have Soke shove a jutte up my hooter, or any authentic iemoto for that matter.


if that same jutte was previously shoved up another person's rectum before, would you still feel the same?


Well, I always say, "When in Rome........."

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Posted on: 2011/11/20 19:35
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