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Re: Columbia Tai Kai Godan Test
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Spot on, as usual, Darren.

Posted on: 2010/10/6 1:30
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Re: Columbia Tai Kai Godan Test
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I think the devaluation of titles, rank, and everything else can only be a good thing. Hopefully people will begin to look at skill instead.


Posted on: 2010/10/5 23:14
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Re: Walking
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Mcronin, great link! Thanks!

Posted on: 2010/7/31 22:55
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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However the more experienced you become in the art the more rounded you become in all aspects of your life. You can't say the same about work and starbuck can you :)


Actually, I can.

If the effort and dedication you put into your work isn't forcing you to up your game in all areas of your life, maybe you're not challenging yourself enough.

I also can't buy Starbucks with my job title, just as I can't get a coffee with my rank. However, I can get a coffee with the fruits of my work - and also with results of my training which help me to do my job; just as my job helps me to improve my training (and I don't mean simply the money to train, although that's important too).

(For background, I sit in front of a computer all day - so I'm not talking about the sort of synergy that comes from protective or law enforcement work with training.)

Posted on: 2010/7/17 3:31
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Re: Samurai Sword
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Nice links!

Oh...Er...Well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad! :)

Cheers!

Posted on: 2010/2/1 19:02
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Re: Looking for Ninjitsu Training Partners in the NW Indiana Area
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Ditto on the 'you can't learn from a video'. It's not simply a matter of the body only moving so many ways because, it seems to me, it's not really about 'getting that lock on really good'.

Anyway, James Morganelli is in Chicago. His contact info is here: www.sgtidojo.com .

I used to drive about an hour and a half each way to train with him - I wish that were an option now (I currently live abroad). You're lucky to live so close to instruction of that quality and you're wasting your time with doing anything but taking advantage of it.

It sounds like you're happy with what you're doing, that's cool; so I post this mostly for other people that may happen along this thread.

Posted on: 2010/1/4 7:43
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Re: The topic of resistance
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Dale once made a distinction between 'resistance' and 'non-compliance', I thought that really put the matter in an interesting perspective. It may just be the way my brain 'sees' those two words but the second seems to be closer to the way I like to train.

Posted on: 2009/12/20 19:10
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Re: Looking for Ninjitsu Training Partners in the NW Indiana Area
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ronin7411 wrote: Also Papa-san and Rhjii I stay in Lake County Indiana which is on average a 30 minute drive just to the south side of Chicago by Hammond, Indiana which is really close to me by only 20 minutes. But the Bujinkan dojos in Chicago...


I used to drive an hour and a half each way to train with James Morganelli (who's now in Chicago proper two nights a week). He also holds semi-regular 'open trainings' on weekends.

He's seriously good. I suggest you make an effort to contact him.

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Posted on: 2009/10/28 10:19
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Re: A kinda funny video
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maybe the kata ? LOL
I'm always confused when people argue that there are no predetermined winners and losers in kata training.


Sure..If you do it right. But one of the reasons people practice and train them is that they're not able to do them perfectly each time.

I haven't read the scrolls myself, but none of the translations I've seen say anything like, 'Throw an ineffective punch 3 inches to the right of tori's head.'


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but honestly uke is a well defined training role.


I'm not sure it is, there seems to be debate. I define it as 'attacker', some seem to define it as 'loser'. I suppose going to the Japanese some might say 'receiver'.

I may be able to stand at home plate at Fenway park and 'receive' a fastball. But if I don't put it over the fence, I don't get to trot the bases.



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The main point being, there are "rules" we follow when training....

...But rules and roles nonetheless.


Sure. I don't think anyone is saying training has no socially defined 'rules'. For example, it's not nice to bring a real knife to training.

As for 'roles', I don't see one of the roles as 'guy who has to fall down at the drop of a hat.'

But we do need some roles, for example: "Guy who attacks me." It's a role because we're really friends and he wouldn't do that normally.


(If anyone's not happy with the tangent this topic has taken, I'm happy to drop this if anyone want to go back to discussing the clip.)

Posted on: 2009/10/14 19:33
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Re: A kinda funny video
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Absolute agree, if the tori doesn't get out of the way s/he should get hit!! Otherwise what "training" is really going on?


I agree.

However a great deal of the discussion on the internet implies - no... directly states - that Bujinkan training is based on the fact that the tori is always successful and the uke always fails at landing an attack.

I'm not sure where this idea got started.

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