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Re: Yamakiri - Warrior of the mist Novel
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Looks good! Best wishes for success with the new book, Stuart.

Posted on: 2014/4/12 7:43
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Re: Conditioning advice.
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Kamae training. It's free! Deep and low and watch your alignment as best you know how. Don't worry if you think it's not perfect. This conditioning is as much about 'nin' as it is strength or anything else.

Stretch first, and then start with just a small amount of time and do each of the kamae you know, both sides where applicable. It hurts, it burns and it's NOT glamorous in any way shape or form.

It's also REALLY good for your movement and training!

Posted on: 2014/2/12 5:45
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Re: BUJINKAN SCROOLS
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OLDE SCOTTISH BUDO WISDOM:

"We don't be talkin' wit' jus' anyboody about the scrools now, do we lads?"

; )

Posted on: 2014/1/24 3:57
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Re: Where to start?
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Jpod101 is fun and has a lot of great information. Even a free account can be very educational, but as with all things learning, you have to really use it and work with the material yourself to get anything out of it.

Posted on: 2014/1/22 1:35
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Re: TAJ JIUTSU PUNCHES.
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In my experience, we frequently train scenarios where a lead or step through punch is quickly followed by another punch coming from the rear.

I don't think this is at all uncommon in ninjutsu training, but much of what we see in books and on the web is perhaps a bit more compartmentalized, illustrating a single, formalized and primary moment of an attack. In kata, attacks again tend to be more formal and basic, as a point of departure and better for the initial illustration of whatever ideas are being transmitted by the kata.

Posted on: 2014/1/18 6:05
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Re: GODAI AND TAJ JIUTSU
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Yes, there appears to be very little written 'doctrine' as to movement and kamae basics. These have been left for the most part to teachers to pass on to students in whatever manner they believe best.

Stephen Hayes came up with the godai kata and mind-set as a way of describing and passing on what he felt were some critical points to get a student started. Other instructors have their own approach, so most certainly getting together with a seasoned instructor is the way to go!

I still believe that the 'godai' approach has a lot of value for beginners, so I wouldn't hesitate to read whatever you can on that in the mean time if you're not already training with someone.


Posted on: 2014/1/18 5:58
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Re: New student requesting some information.
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Kframe,

In my opinion, part of pursuing the truth is learning to filter out the distractions that seek to break our concentration.

If you want to study Bujinkan, then you need to find a path within it that appeals to you and follow it, doggedly.

Online discussions are fun, but are mostly just entertainment and noise, no matter how smart and experienced some of the participants are. Kutaki sits idle for months at a time because, quite simply, aside from occasional announcements, factual questions or jokes (or furniture spam ;), there's really not much else of use that can be said!

Ed gave you some great advice and I think that's as good as it's going to get.

Best of luck and happy training to you!



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Re: New documentary featuring Dr. Kacem Zoughari
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Great job on the film, William. It speaks well for you and your teacher.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 10:29
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Re: New student requesting some information.
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One can also be a transition to the other. Take that 'aggressive' version and then lift your rear leg to let gravity pull you back (out of the way of a punch perhaps) to the 'classic' weigh. With most of the weight now on your rear leg, that front leg is free to retract, reposition, kick, go into hicho or whatever. Moments in time, one flowing into the other.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 10:27
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Re: New documentary featuring Dr. Kacem Zoughari
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Mortschlag,

Congrats on the baby boy. Fatherhood rules!

:)


Posted on: 2013/12/13 5:46
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