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Re: thoughts on Bujinkan from 1977
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Most of the posts critical of Mr. Amdur's re-posted opinions appear to have been made by people who reacted before carefully reading their content.

Whether or not Mr. Amdur's recollections impact our own training or relationships within the Bujinkan, I wonder if any "adult" Bujinkan member who manages a family and/or co-workers can justify laying blame on a person for honestly expressing distaste in a perceived abusive exchange or worse, providing third-party justification for the same.

A couple of the above posts are positively creepy.

Cheers!

Posted on: 2011/12/9 5:30
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Re: Sudden loss of aerobic capacity?
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Leam,
Please see a doc immediately. With due respect to Mr. Martin, no qualified medical advice is available on this forum. What you are describing sounds acute and not something that you can clear up quickly with life-style changes. Your doc knows your history and your medication schedule.

I wish you good luck!

Posted on: 2010/12/28 3:54
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Re: Is it true? If so, the Bufu is not as strong a wind as before...
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Hello all,
In 2006 I was walking up a little hill with Mark at Rodeo Beach and he posed a question that I've heard expressed by several people over the years but never in the same way (I paraphrase):
Sensei is like Picasso. Does anyone even remember who Picasso's students were?

I guess I remember a particularly decent one in Mark.








Posted on: 2010/10/30 0:13
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Re: An article with solid advice across arts
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Robert,
Good article. The author seems to be capable of maturity and healthy self-critique.

That's the kind of stuff you might learn if your budo practice is about self-improvement and not about self-aggrandizement.

Papasan wrote: "There is no place for "ego" in the training hall."

Respectfully:
Superficial stuff like the above looks great on a bumper-sticker or a motivational poster with a yoda riding a unicorn but it has no currency if all members of a practice transaction don't honor it.

I say that because, based Mr. Martin's posts, it still seems to me that his position is that it's everyone else's responsibility to supply the humility.

I would also state that this seems to be pervasive in the Bujinkan and that Mr. Martin should not be singled-out.




Posted on: 2010/10/22 23:49
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Re: Columbia Tai Kai Godan Test
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Diego,
I liked your post. It makes you seem like a good guy.

If and when you get to Japan, you might ask yourself if your money might better further your practice (and the practices of your students, if you have any) if it were applied to dojo fees at the hombu and shihan dojo as opposed to grading fees.

In either case the monies support the organization but the former application might help more by providing a slightly more skilled membership.

If I've learned nothing in the other bujutsu I practice, it's that membership requires that the members be personally responsible for measuring up to the curriculum to preserve and protect it.




Posted on: 2010/8/30 3:22
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Re: Read Kacem's New Book(Very disappointing!) Proof wa?
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Hello Dale,
Chain of custody is an important point. Third parties verification and digital pictures of the process can be used.

Sampling is an issue too. The age of the makimono may not be the same as the ink or the information.

Never mind the method to obtain a sample. This is actually not a huge deal since I only need about 5.0 mg per measurement assuming it's 42% carbon (CHO).




Posted on: 2010/7/1 11:22
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Re: Read Kacem's New Book(Very disappointing!) Proof wa?
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Hello all,
I'm here to make an open offer to settle some of the arguments going on about historical veracity.

I am a lab director at a company that happens to have an accelerator mass spectrometer. I use it for clinical drug development but this is the type of instrument that's used to do precise 14-carbon dating of historical documents. The measurement is very costly, each sample must be combusted and converted first to CO2 and then to filamentous graphite.

Here's my offer:
Send me a small sample of makimono and I'll do the measurement gratis.


Posted on: 2010/7/1 9:10
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Re: What Makes an Elite Athlete? article
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Hello all!
this discussion is becoming kind of focused.

That said, one aspect of this discussion that hasn't been mentioned is the risk of training with joint stretching (read: locking) in young people. Jon: Jack brought this to my attention mid oni kudaki. Timing is everything! This kind of training can be very damaging.

On the other hand, it is often a component of elite training regimens for gymnasts. It is also a key component of the Beijing Opera and Shaolin training and can lead to extreme abilities that can't be obtained in any other way. Another key component to the above training is sometimes harsh discipline which creates lots of broken bodies and minds for every success.

I'd say that the topic of joint function is, if anything, very complex and does not lend itself simple answers.

Posted on: 2010/6/7 2:58
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Re: Moth repellent in Japan and exposure
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Here's how complicated it can get.

Exposure to the active moth killing compound may have caused granddad to express enzymes in his liver (cyp450) that can rapidly metabolize and clear inhaled toxicants providing him with the excess metabolic protection to live a long and healthy life.

Fujita Seiko is reputed to have ingested toxicants to improve his resistance to unknown exposures in the future. The above is the scientific basis. It sounds like a great way to increase ones risk for cancer but if the risk of poisoning by enemy agents is higher...it passes the risk assessment test. Don't do it.

Good luck.

Posted on: 2010/5/8 18:10
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Re: Moth repellent in Japan and exposure
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Do the mothballs have 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (para-dichlorobenzene, p-DCB, PDB) or camphor as an active ingredient?

The former is a suspected carcinogen. The toxicology of both is old news.

People with toxicology training do risk assessment in cases like this. What's worse: exposure or moth holes in your favorite sweaters? Tough call!

In either case, my recommendation is to please open a window and/or stay somewhere else.

Best of luck!

Posted on: 2010/5/8 10:29
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