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Re: New ninja movie- 'Ninja Assasin'
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I liked it. I also like the James Bond movies, Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, and other action adventure movies. I love the shuriken and thought it would have better in 3D.

Fantasy is fantasy. Some portion of our training is stimulated by this. I also think we have a more cerebral side. But if you have spent any time with Soke you have to have a sense of humor!

As a piece of entertainment it has it's place. Maybe we could get them to re-make "The Power of the Wave"!

Marty


Oh, i agree. I just find it a real pity that the first ninja movie to come out for so many years is just more of the same trash we got during the 80's but with CGI.

For my money the best i've seen yet is 'ninja scroll' by Manga. One of the main characters in it, Kagero, is my avatar.

I will certainly take a look at power of the wave though.

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New ninja movie- 'Ninja Assasin'
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I had the 'fortune' of watching this gore fest last night and i've got to say it was rather dissapointing. If Dr Hatsumi was correct in his prediction that the next 'ninja boom' would bring about the true essence of budo, then i hope this movie doesnt herald the new 'ninja boom'.

about 2 minutes after the opening credits, we are treated to 2 decapitations, a man being sliced in half and a man being torn to pieces with a kyuketsu from an unseen omnipotent figure from the shadows. The 'ninjas' in question also posess the ability to through tens of shurikens at once. On top of which, the main protagonist's sensei is a sadistic brute who beleives ''all weakness must be hated''. In one scene a student cries after being hit in the face with a bokken to which he replies ''You think that is pain?... ...This is true pain!'' after stabbing him in the belly with his fingers.

Suppose i shouldve expected as much, with it being a hollywood popcorn movie, but it couldve been so much more.

Posted on: 2010/1/2 7:21
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Re: Which Tabi should I get?
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Most people seem to use the Wakocu brand, i guess they're the best balance between cost and value for most people. I find though they tend to be very loose round the ankles as such your gi bottoms tend to fall out so if you go with these it might be worth investing in some Kyahan.

Posted on: 2010/1/2 6:47
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Question regarding bujinkan guidelines
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This is regarding the second point -

. ''Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. A physician's examination report shall be required. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.''


By those with 'abnormal personalities' does this refer to those with non-neurotypical varieties, such as autism or asperger's syndrome? If so, i find such a policy unfair, even discriminatory, as non-neurotypical conditions are not to be tarred with the same brush as mental illness, and they certainly should not impede one's ability to learn a skill, martial arts included.

I bring up this point as a concerned member, and one who has witnessed neuro-diversity in others.

Posted on: 2009/4/19 1:53
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Pressure points locations video
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Thought people might find this video interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R96rWOoXU-U

Posted on: 2009/4/5 0:35
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Re: Crash mats
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my local gym has an aerobics floor but it's nowhere near soft enough to protect me from the sort of impacts i'd land with during training.


You don't need more padding, you need more technique.

Crash mats are a tool and like any tool can be used well or used badly.



lol, thanks, but until i've obtained the technique it can't do any harm to have the type of protection that only mats can provide.

I'm not fond of hospital food.


Thomas G.

Posted on: 2009/2/2 11:04
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Re: Crash mats
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My recommendation is to check if you can use a local gym or school. Perhaps you can talk yourself into getting to use it for a small fee when its free. We used to do that at a local school for awhile and it cost next to nothing $15/month and person or so.

Regards / Skuggvarg



Well, that was my original investigation. Unfortunately all nearby fields and beaches are used by local dogwalkers (yuck) and my local gym has an aerobics floor but it's nowhere near soft enough to protect me from the sort of impacts i'd land with during training.I don't think going around schools asking to use their gyms would be appropriate since people in charge of children are often weary of fully grown strange men looking to get access to the grounds.

This is why i'm resorting to finding my own mats.

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Re: Crash mats
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@mario

in class we use the jigsaw foam mats that join together. Theyre about a metre by a metre and i'd say an inch or two thick. They're good for diving rolls and thats the sort i'm after. My shidoshi said he only paid £40 for these which is roughly equivalent to $80. Sorry when i said 'crash mats' you were probably thinking of the huge thick blue mats like you got in school or at the gym, lol nah thats way overbudget for me.

i need to work on my leaping rolls but my back yard is a concrete surface so i'm not confident a few layers of cardboard will be sufficient to prevent spinal injury.


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Posted on: 2009/1/31 11:13
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Crash mats
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Can anyone recommend a good online source for purchasing ukemi-suitable crash mats?

My budget is about US $80 but i'm flexible.


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Posted on: 2009/1/31 6:08
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Re: Combating the 'fight or flight' response
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thanks for the replies-

I'll try and bear them in mind next time i'm rolling!

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