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Re: hard vs soft naivety
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I agree with h20oni...I've trained with people who don't use the correct intent and it's really annoying. For example, when uke's intent isn't to strike you, but rather their whole goal is to thwart your technique (because they know exactly which technique you're trying to do). Frustrating when you're a noob trying to figure out this crazy stuff!

That said, at some point it wouldn't be as much of an issue because you can just go with the flow and do whatever technique presents itself, but in the beginning for learning something in particular it's detrimental.

~DC

Posted on: 2006/10/28 17:35
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Re: what is yhe difference between Tai Chi and Ninjutsu
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Ai yi yi.

I actually have studied Bujinkan budo taijutsu, and I'm currently studying traditional Chen-style taijiquan.

Some differences I've noticed:

- Taiji is Chinese; taijutsu is Japanese. This is important because of differences in philosophy. In taijutsu, rolling and falling are very important for both offense and defense. In taiji, the idea is that if you fall on a crowded battlefield, you're a goner...so you spend a lot of time learning how to never, ever, ever fall down. :)

- Taijutsu is concerned with using proper body mechanics to move, while taiji is OBSESSED with it. Hence the reason you spend a lot of time practicing solo forms. In taiji it's vital that you learn to use your body as a connected unit because you're not using any body weight or strength. In Taijutsu, you use quite a bit of body weight where the technique suits.

- Taiji strikes are like you see in cheesy movies where the guy hits a stack of bricks and only the bottom one explodes. It's extremely focused, connected strikes. If a taiji person (correctly) strikes a heavy bag, it shouldn't move at all as the energy is focused directly inside. As such, it takes MANY years to develop this correctly. Taijutsu strikes are varied; some are like dropping a big weight on someone, some are focused on particular nerve centers, etc.

- Taijutsu training is very visceral. You take down people, strike people, etc. in a very concrete and solid way. Taijiquan training is very deep and intellectual. When practicing with a partner you are trying to feel every single inch of your body and theirs every moment, so you need to practice slowly because every moment could lead to an opening or an attack.

I could go on, but that's enough for now.

Taiji not training with weapons is a myth; I've only trained for a little over a year and I've already learned a sword form. In contrast, in the Bujinkan after a year I'd already learned smatterings of several weapons.

Also, if you find a good teacher of a traditional style of taiji, it's not simply for health or interpersonal harmony or any of that stuff...but it's REALLY hard and takes a lot of patience and dedication to get anywhere useful. Many of the core ideas, like a lot of folks have said in this thread, are extremely similar to taijutsu (or any realistic/advanced martial art, for that matter).

Cutting thru the smoke, I hope,
DC

Posted on: 2006/5/17 11:09
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Re: Thumb dislocation training...
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I'm not sure about the Houdini thing...I've been told that the wrist doesn't really have any muscles in it, per se. It's just bones and tendons, and so you can't really increase the size of your wrists by bodybuilding (only by overeating :) ). Houdini may have had naturally thick wrists (big bones?) that aided him in escaping, however.

Correct me if I'm wrong, please. :)

~DC

Posted on: 2006/3/25 11:19
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Re: Taiji Integration
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I had to stop Buj training for various reasons, mostly because the nearest instructor to where I live is fairly far considering my work schedule. But, I still wanted to train in SOMETHING, and had always been interested in taiji from a martial standpoint. I happened to find that there is a Chen-style taiji class 5 minutes from where I live. So I checked out the class.

I started training with them, because it is amazing to me that every time the teacher opens his mouth to teach us something, he sounds like he is quoting from a Bujinkan textbook. He talks about proper body mechanics, space utilization, always being in balance, following your opponent, finding your opponent's balance point, constant flowing with your opponent, generating power from the waist, etc., etc....I almost want to laugh because the similarities are so amazing.

Perhaps because of my taijutsu, I'm learning really fast, to the amazement of my instructor. According to him, I'm learning this stuff about 2x as fast as most.

I have come across some different philosophies, however...for example, Chinese martial arts don't teach any kind of ukemi, because they generally assumed that on the battlefield if you fall down, you're done. Therefore they teach you to never fall.

So, if you can find a good instructor who is focused on the martial aspect of taiji, then I think it could be of benefit. I feel like if I ever decide to ditch the taiji and go back to taijutsu, I will not have wasted any time, and will probably find a marked improvement in my taijutsu skills.

Time will tell. :)

~D

Posted on: 2005/3/12 11:41
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Re: Why there is`nt any real ninjutsu movies?
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I agree with the folks who suggested that people wouldn't "get" a real ninjutsu movie. Even Jet Li, who in my opinion, is an excellent martial artist (at least his styles appear authentic on film ) choreographs the fights carefully so that they look good, realism be damned...which is why the bad guys attack one-by-one, etc. To make ninjutsu look good, you'd have to change the techniques...and a lot of the really cool stuff is the hidden stuff, so unless you did a lot of cheesy "xray" effects or something to highlight the hidden strikes, etc., no one would see 'em.

I think I've said this before on Kutaki, but it works again here: my fiancee watched class once or twice and said she was bored out of her mind because "it looked like you guys weren't doing anything!" ...and she loves kung fu movies...so I'm guessing she wouldn't like a ninjutsu movie.

Whoever it was in this thread who mentioned about the Special Forces guys hit the nail on the head...Hollywood is all the style, not the substance.

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Posted on: 2005/1/15 11:00
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Re: Bujinkan Ninjitsu vs. ?
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When you get down to the bottom of it all, there are only so many ways that a human being can move, so at some point a lot of styles converge.

Even Jesus and Santa Claus...both have their biggest day of the year on Christmas.

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Posted on: 2005/1/15 10:40
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Re: Nutritional Taijutsu
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I vouch for the lifestyle change idea...I was a bachelor who consumed frozen dinners (Lean Cuisine, believe it or not), frozen 'hot pockets' (fillings inside of dough, etc.), fast food (especially Taco Bell), pizza, and other meals in-between were eaten at restaurants. Despite weightlifting 3 times a week and martial arts training 2-3 times a week, I ballooned into a rather big boy (my driver's license said 200 lbs, but if you look at my tiny face encased in a mass of flesh, you'd realize that it should read about 230).

Then I met my fiancee.

She's Chinese, and loves to cook...so my diet radically shifted from the above to meals consisting of meat, vegetables, rice, and tea. I happen to love Chinese food, so it was great for me. I actually get more enjoyment out of her cooking than I did from my high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar diet.

The end result is, over the course of a year or so, I dropped almost 50 lbs...so I weigh around 185 now, and I had to buy a whole bunch of new clothes!

So, I guess the secret to weight loss is either: a) eat more meat, vegetables, rice, and tea, or b) find an Asian girlfriend who loves to cook. ;)

~D

Posted on: 2004/12/24 4:03
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Re: Kutaki address different now
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Yeah...I agree...I guess I should have said to use both. I use both AdAware AND SpyBot (as well as Firefox), and that seems to do the trick.

As far as Firefox for a corporate solution, just make sure your employees don't have to access sites with the annoying popups that say "this site requires Internet Explorer"...I use Firefox at work, but have found that some internal sites force me to use IE (even tried faking it out, but it won't work with Firefox).

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Posted on: 2004/12/22 4:28
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Re: Kutaki address different now
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You might want to scan your computer for spyware...download "AdAware", "SpyBot", or "SpySweeper"...do a google search and you should find 'em. Spyware can make your web browser do really weird things like this. At one point I went to my own website, which I KNOW is popup free, and it was popping up ads. Turns out I had spyware. That stuff is evil.

Hope that helps!

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Posted on: 2004/12/21 4:30
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Re: Bujinkan Dojo in San Jose?
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Yes...also on winjutsu.com is the Bujinkan Yellow Pages.

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Posted on: 2004/10/23 7:28
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