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Re: Self-Training Possible?
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well fortune intrudes on life again. I got sent to the US for work so I will miss yoru trip to Sydney Papa-San. hopefully our paths will cross in the near future.

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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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Hi Gabriel,
Couple things, it's hard to navigate the web site, and it's a bit hard on the eyes. Especially with the background being so busy and a transparent text area.
Most of us visited to get a general idea of the content or direction/intent of the site.

As for myself, being a computer guy I was a bit turned off by the design and overwhelming navigation options.

If you truly want to set up an encyclopaedia type of site. consider turnkey wiki or something. It's like having your own Wikipedia.

As far as the content goes, my personal and overrated opinion is that Hatsumi Soke is really the only genuine source left for true Ninjutsu. If it is indeed a Ninjutsu catalogue you want to create, I would start with guidance from the Bujinkan. What Papa-San said about Koge is very true so you need to make that part very clear. I am a long-time fan of Bujinkan but a new practitioner so I can only defer to others for the actual guidance.

Posted on: 2010/3/11 14:49
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Re: Changing Tide?
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Ed,
Thank you for continuing to offer aid to those in need. I am very familiar with the epidemic that you are referring to. in my professional life I am a computer ninja. And I regularly see how the anonymity of the internet lends a large volume of courage to those with a lot of time and little thought.

Posted on: 2010/2/24 19:52
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Re: Self-Training Possible?
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Thank you for the valuable information. I see the opinions vary as I would expect them to. The message is clear though, make sure I get live, in-person training whenver and whereever possible. Any DVDs or other materila would be supplemental to that.

Of course this is what I knew all along. I suppose I was hoping to stem my own feelings of concern about it.

Papa-san I will probably be in Sydney in March at some point and will look you up. I know I'll be in Melbourne and Brisbane in the near future. I will make sure and visit the locals while I am there.

Posted on: 2010/2/22 22:01
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I travel a lot for work, and my timing with regards to the local Bujinkan group training times often doesn't sync up. I wanted to find a way to train on my own and realised that Stephen Hayes' books might not be enough.

So I bought the Black Belt Home Study Course http://www.blackbeltcourse.com/
Some of you are probably going to laugh, some will be sceptical. I am too. However what I believe is the saving grace in this situation is that you can't actually get the black belt until you test in person. Fair enough. So regardless of the method that the material is learned, the evaluation of skill is the same as any other candidate.

That being said, is this even feasible? What is the general opinion on trying to learn from DVDs? I have taken other martials arts before to some level, Kung Fu, Jujitsu and Aikido, so I have a grasp of footwork, balance, opponent momentum.

I imagine that for someone who has never had any martial arts instruction at all, those nuances could never be gained from a video.

Am I going down a dead end path?

Posted on: 2010/2/22 10:42
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Re: Changing Tide?
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Well it's good to know. I realise that the Ninja craze of the 80's has worn off, and Bunjinkan has taken on it's own momentum. I am just an information sponge kind of person and my circumstances dictate that I get most of that from the Internet.

Any helpful pointers to good, solid resources would be great. There are a lot of them out there that don't have much content, and little current content.

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I just joined these forums. I'm finally taking up Bujinkan after many years of desire and casually following it. The timing and circumstances are now at the point where I can begin my Bujinkan journey.

that being said, it seems that sicne 2008, information coming out of places like this one (the Kutaki Podcast) and other sites is drying up. Even places like the Bushindo www.ninjutsu.com which have always been very vocal about things haven't really had any updates in a long time.

Has Soke Hatsumi changed the direction of the Bujinkan and closed if off more? What happened last year that made most of the sources of information stop posting?

Posted on: 2010/2/21 17:24
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