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Re: Interesting Article
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Replace Kendo with any spiritual lineage name, and the message sounds the same as well. Perhaps it is one of those universal truths... Any activity, if given enough focus and effort becomes a spiritual one? Shosan Suzuki promoted that perspective.

Posted on: 2011/10/15 4:29
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Re: First class design?
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Kage-Ronin wrote:
"... to control: head, hands, and hips. Control all three and you can control a person/dictate how the fight happens.”

IMNSHO I think that this mindset should be taught to new students from the beginning.

Thoughts???


I agree on one side, but think that teaching proper means of locomotion to a new student takes precedence over tactics at that stage. Miletich sounds as if he was addressing people who face violence in day-to-day work, and thus, who bring with them a base skill set into the training.

Posted on: 2011/10/8 14:42
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Re: Threats and Belligerence - To the Mods
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Gents,
I had hoped this thread would be more about clarifying appropriate behaviour and respectful deportment etc... clearly, I wasted my time. As such I will desist from trying to address those concerns on this forum.

On a related note to this conflict.....
Specifying that you are going to try to hurt / injure / maim someone intentionally during a training event, will completely invalidate the waiver that the event will no doubt insist all participants sign. It shows pre-meditation etc etc... in other words, civil and criminal prosecution is almost guaranteed to succeed.
It also places the onus of responsibility on the host, for allowing the persons in question to participate when they have stated up front that they intend to undertake criminal activity during the event, regardless of stated behaviour standards, waiver etc.
This situation now extends beyond you gents.

Posted on: 2011/10/6 11:48
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Re: Threats and Belligerence - To the Mods
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.....really guys? On a thread created specifically to address inappropriate / rude / belligerent behaviour?

Honest straightforward question for Mr.Spada :
If you and you wife both have such low opinions of the board and the folks who post on it, why do you participate?

I joined in order to get a wider perspective on the Buj and it's adherents, and to see if some discussion about the art and those involved would take place in a constructive way.

Posted on: 2011/10/5 5:18
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Threats and Belligerence - To the Mods
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Greetings all,
While I recognize that we all are very different people and have different perspectives.... some of the belligerence and outright threats (violence death etc) levelled back and forth on recent postings on this board are just beyond the pale.

Some folks are polite when they disagree, even strongly. Some seem to go out of their way to be abrasive on the smallest thing. Some are in the middle, and all fluctuate a little depending on how heated things get.

I would like to offer a suggestion to the Mods and owner of the Board that people who cannot exhibit even half-assed decent behaviour get nerfed. If the board exists for the discussion of the Buj and related issues, and is intended to be constructive, then surely allowing death threats and the like is counter to the boards purpose....

Allowing 'lively' discussion is one thing. Allowing it to degenerate into a festival of insults, innuendo and verbal violence is entirely another.

Posted on: 2011/10/4 10:49
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Re: Women & violence
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Perhaps a simple introduction to human anatomy (kyusho) would build their confidence, show them how a 200lb man will crumble with very simple but accurate strikes, pokes etc


I shudder a bit in regards to _ever_ depending on pressure points for training or real fighting. I have come across at least a half dozen guys in my years in that were completely impervious to most of the easy to strike points, and one gent who had zero reaction to groin strikes of any kind!
Some attack areas (eyes) are pretty much always effective on any one, regardless of sex or size & I tell folks to use pressure points as a hopeful distraction if its a wide open and quick target, but to never ever rely on them, in any way, as a key part of a strategy/tactic.

Posted on: 2011/10/4 10:11
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Re: Short image film about our dojo and our art
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"I also notice that those that came later move much differently from each other (and Soke as well). "

---> This makes me wonder a little about quality control (or choose the term you prefer) on the side of the organization then. IF there is one core movement 'style' that only the most senior people have (and it's the one everyone is supposed to aspire to), and no one else, even other Japanese with constant/direct access to the source have it.... where does this problem stem from? Bottom line guys....you can only blame the students so long before you have to look a little harder at the teachers that accept payment to ...Teach.

When all is said and done, if you are a teacher and charge people to learn from you, you have a moral obligation to do your best to see that it happens. Yes. I recognize the cultural differences etc... and the steal my technique thing...and all the other tired stuff that gets trotted out whenever this issue is discussed. But that all comes out sounding like a lame excuse for a complete lack of structure & quality control. Is there any real surprise that this is never resolved? ...because it benefits some that it stays unresolved.

Posted on: 2011/9/27 21:07
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Re: Women & violence
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Considering that the ladies have female-only train cars in Japan due to the high incident rate of assaults, I would be cautious of reading it as a lady-friendly environment any more so than any where else...

Posted on: 2011/9/25 10:54
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Re: Women & violence
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I agree with the point of 'permission to offend'.... It's the one outstanding thing that allows for victimization more than anything else I have seen, and not just in assault/rape situations.

How many times has that asshat at work trodded on peoples feelings, achievements etc because no one wants to draw attention (loudly) to the negative behaviour? How many bullys (40yr+) exist in our society in every facet, because we are taught that 'strong' people should 'suck it up buttercup' and other similar attitudes?

Getting across the message that no one has to accept crap behaviour is that much more difficult when you add in the mysogny of our western culture. It's perfectly ok to be loud and offensive when under attack of any sort.... in fact, as was pointed out previously, it's an excellent first tactic where avoidance of the confrontation has failed.

Posted on: 2011/9/20 4:16
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Re: Pitfalls and things to Think about when running a dojo
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I thought I would share this link to a very appropriate article that addresses this point with far more eloquence than I could.

http://budodoukoukai.blogspot.com/201 ... tudents-and.html#comments

As to the Blue/White collar thing, I now get the point you were trying to make (at agree that it is a fair concern for running a dojo), but have a strong distaste for 'Elitism' in anything but a competitive setting.

Cheers

Posted on: 2011/7/7 20:08
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