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Re: others federations that recognize bujinkan?
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"Shut up and train" is a great philosophy. In the same breath, however, we do need an all-around education in regards to the Bujinkan and asking questions is the place to start. There is a time and place for "Shut up and train." Answers like "Don't worry about it," "Who cares," or "This isn't an important question" are scary because they imply "Oh just trust us." These are the same answers that you find with the likes of Ashida Kim and Scientology.

If we expect Buyu to refrain from asking questions then how can we possibly be surprised when other people don't ask the right questions and get duped by fraudulent martial arts.

Posted on: 2006/12/11 7:02
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Re: Training in Japan
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Thanks a lot guys. I'm sure I'll have some more questions lined up for you.

Posted on: 2004/1/29 14:44
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Training in Japan
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I'm planning my first trip to Japan. Will I have a lot of problems getting around without being able to speak/read Japanese? Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2004/1/28 13:24
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Re: I liked it...
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Agreed. Unless the movie claims to be historically accurate then there's usually no reason to critique its historicity.

I have to concur with you on the ending. That scene between Cruise and the Emperor dragged and I thought Cruise's line about commiting seppuku was a bit too melodramatic.

Posted on: 2003/12/9 8:52
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Re: The Last Samurai Discussion
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The movie was just alright in my opinion...a rental. The battle scenes didn't do anything for me. They didn't stir any emotions. I wasn't moved, scared, excited. They just happened. I'm sure the guys I play D&D with will love the movie simply because it had swords in it, but I need a movie with a bit more soul.

The Last Samurai did have a lot of instances of pre-modern Japanese culture which I enjoyed but at times I thought "Where is this going?" This was probably done to introduce the culture to an audience that knows little of it. However, it was also part of what made me think that the script lagged at times. I didn't think that the movie was long and drawn out, but that the content itself (in between the two major battles) wasn't decisive enough to keep my interest.

The movie lost a couple points with the ninja scene. I thought the movie was going to be ninja free. Beyond any historical inaccuracy which only fell in second place of my dislike of it, was it really necessary? Why does a movie about samurai, the only big budget American made film on the topic that I can think of, HAVE to involve ninja in the story. It reminded me of the movie Face Off. Ok we had a plane chase, a car chase, now lets throw in a boat chase. But then again for a general American audience, who got their Japanese Culture 101 from Wu Tang Clan, it probably seemed appropriate.

I know I've critiqued it more than I complimented it but it wasn't a bad movie. It just fell short of my expectations. While watching the movie I was hoping that as a result of its popularity someone will start to carry my size for waraji.

Posted on: 2003/12/8 15:37
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Re: California Martial-Art Weapon Restrictions
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"Beware the shobi-zue, my son,
Its blade concealed, or you they'll catch.
Avoid the shuriken, and shun
those things a nunchaku might match."

Is that the Ninjawocky?

Posted on: 2003/11/13 15:17
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Re: down to the floor
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Hello. Bujinkan budo taijutsu does have its own repetoire of ground fighting techniques. My teacher has covered them in part and Hatsumi demonstrates some of them on the Quest video "What Is Martial Arts?"

Posted on: 2003/8/22 7:22
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Re: Bujinkan history corrections?
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This essay is riddled with holes to say the least. Most of it is taken out of context. I don't think this person has had much of an affiliation with any of the Kans. His writing just doesn't seem to be indicative of that.

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Fiction: The Bujinkan says Ninja do not kill people.


Who on earth ever said that?

Considering a majority of our techniques contain the option of being a "killing technique", I find this pretty funny. Especially when he writes later on...

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Fiction: The Bujinkan says that Taijutsu can only be applied in real situations as the techniques are fatal, and it also takes years to master.


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FACT: The majority of the Bujinkan are meat eaters, dis-respecting the tradition and breaking their ties with mother Nature.


Considering the eating of meat bears no reflection of one's views on nature, this statement holds no water. Dogs eat meat...does that mean they broke their ties with nature?

Posted on: 2003/8/16 9:45
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Re: Tori Timing
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Is there a concept where you practice only just getting out of the way of an attack, where the attacker thinks that they've nailed you until the last nano-second?


Sure is. In fact, during the New Jersey Tai Kai my training partner was doing exactly that. Just about every punch I threw I thought 'Jeez, I'm gonna hit him!' But he avoided each attack seemingly at the last split second.

Since weapon training and unarmed training are indicative of each other then yes, you can track with weapons.

Posted on: 2003/8/14 14:37
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Re: Trackers
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Tracking punches can also be a symptom of "dojonitis". After doing a particular technique over and over, you're uke already knows exactly what you're going to do against his punch or kick. Therefore, he unconsciously tracks you with his weapon.

Posted on: 2003/8/11 8:37
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