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The Shawn Gray seminar last weekend was great
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The Shawn Gray seminar last weekend was great. We had people from Austin and as far away as Denver come learn from a very skilled Shihan. He started Saturday with rolling and different ways than I have seen. Then he went over Geryaku No Maki, aspects of the Ten Chi Jin. I loved the progression and the variations in movement as well as the similarities from one tech. to the next. Shawn has a way of demonstrating and explaining so everyone understood. I also noticed later in the day he had to correct people less and less as they "got " it. He also went over Tachi and explained it was different from Katanna as it was older and from horseback fighting and has a more curved blade to go at different angles to get under armor. I found it very interesting. We went out to a buffet for dinner and had some nice conversations as to what is it like to live in Japan.
Sunday we again went over some rolls and then did Muto Dori. Many of the movements he showed Saturday, were applicable to the sword attacks we did Sunday. I noticed everyone had plenty of energy for the whole weekend and I think it was due to Shawn imparting his understanding of taijutsu.
I know I have a few years worth of training out of this seminar. I did video the seminar so I have a study guide for this years practice. Shawn will be back next year so we can continue to learn from one of the best Shihan I have had the opportunity to train with. Thanks to Rich Cearley and Joe Altemus for sponsoring Shawn.

Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston Dojo


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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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I know, my brother had one with 7 on each front foot. It looked like it had on baseball mits. However they are rare and found in Florida hence (Hemingway cats). He went down and got a secone cause he liked them so much.

Mark Harper
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Seminar with Shawn Gray June 5th - 6th in Houston
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The Bujinkan Houston Dojo is hosting a seminar with Shawn Gray

When: June 5th - 6th Sat. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $80 if prepaid by 5/25
$100 at the door cash preferred

Where: Eternal Martial arts
11202 Steeplecrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77065

Shawn left behind 7 years of Karate and 3 years of Kendo to begin training in the Bujinkan Dojo in Vancouver, Canada after returning from a 1-year stay in Japan in 1990/91. After a training trip to Japan in 1995, he moved back in January, 1997 and has been living in Japan ever since.

Shawn has served as a regular translator at Hatsumi Sensei's classes and has translated a number of Bujinkan articles for Hiden magazine and DVD's for Quest. He has had his own dojo in Japan since 2000 (www.graydojo.org/" title="http://www.facebook.com/l/72f40;www.graydojo.org/" rel="external">http://www.facebook.com/l/72f40;www.graydojo.org/ ), with both Japanese and foreign students, and teaches weekly classes at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noda.

Rich Cearley and Joe Altemus have requested Muto Dori aspects of the Geryaku No Maki, aspects of Ten Chi Jin and what might be the current feeling in Japan at the moment as the theme for this seminar.

Sponsor: Rich Cearley and Joe Altemus

Items to bring:
training gun, 3 ft. rope, training knife, rubber shuriken,
hanbo, bo, shoto, and bokken.

We will have dinner on Saturday night at 6:00.
For more info and questions contact:

Mark Harper
bujinkandojo@comcast.net

We will have some books, tapes, DVD's and training equipment for
sale during the seminar.



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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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While looking at your site you said cats make a good weapon with 20 claws coming at the opponent. Cats dont have 20 claws.
Mark Harper
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Re: Bugo (Warrior name)
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At the 86 Tak Kai a friend who was thin and had a goatee had a picture made by Soke. After it was done he asked a shihan what it said. He thought Hatsumi said ninja God and was all excited. The shihan corrected it to be ninja goat.
I realized he did look like a goat:)

Mark Harper
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Re: Beaumont or Port Arthur, Texas?
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I don't think anyone is down that far however we are doing a seminar with many of the teachers from Texas including Joseph Adriance who has training groups in S La. and some teachers from Pasadena, La Marque and Lake Jackson all closer to you than Houston. I included the flyer.
Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston Dojo

The Bujinkan Houston Dojo is proud to announce the OFB 9 (Old Friends
of the Bujinkan), 2009

When: March 28th and 29th Sat. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun. 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $75 if prepaid by 3/7
$100 at the door

Where: Kidfit
Jones Rd. 11202 Steeplecrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77065
281-807-0037 fax: 281-807-5595

Host: Mark Harper

Guest Instructors:
Shihan Rich Cearley, Shihan Joseph Adriance, Shidoshi James Kern,
others to be announced.
Items to bring:
training gun, 3 ft. rope, training knife, rubber shuriken,
hanbo, bo, shoto, and bokken.

We will have dinner on Saturday night at 6:00 and a late lunch on
Sunday at 3:30.

For more info and questions contact:

Mark Harper
bujinkandojo@comcast.net
We will have some books, tapes, DVD's and training equipment for
sale during the seminar.

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Re: Rare HATSUMI Books / Collection for Sale
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How do we send you an offer? PM me if you can.
Mark Harper
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Re: Help with design for homemade shuriken target
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I got some free scrap 2x4 from a house that was almost complete. I made a frame 5 feet by 2 1/2 feet. I then cut the 2x4 3 1/2 inches long and filled the frame so end grain was facing the front. I glued all the pieces in and shuriken will stick no matter how they are thrown. I attached it to the wall at the dojo but you could add a leg with a hinge to stand it up. It is heavy but has worked for 10 years. You might also want to put a piece of plywood on the back so heavy knives don't knock the 2x4 loose.

Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston Dojo

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Re: Kusari Gama
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It is hard to say without holding it but it looks like a circular saw did the cut off on the end of the handle. It could be the grain but I can't be sure. I know how some American antiques are faked and a starting price of 10 bucks seems too cheap for an original.
Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston Dojo

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Re: Cold Steel Bokken
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The cold steel bokken is lighter, softer and more flexible than a wood bokken. The main difference is it will not break, splinter or chip. I do not like as you do not have the feel of a wood bokken. I use a IPE wood bokken which is heavier and very strong. I don't think the cold steel will break a wood bokken unless it is a cheap piece of wood.

Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston dojo

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