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Re: Earthquake!
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I've got some floor space in Colorado.

Japan, you're in our prayers...

Bufu Ikkan



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Re: Anyone tried Rosetta Stone?
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It's essentially a flash card program. Overpriced for what you get if you ask me. There's no explanation, just 4 pictures and some text, over and over again. However, it is structured so that understanding of one thing builds into the next, but no explanation of sentence structures or anything.

From disk one; Hikooki no naka ni iru, otokonoko. Then 2 pictures with a boy and a plane and two unrelated pictures. One picture is a boy sitting in a plane, one is the boy standing near the plane.etc...

For the money I was certainly expecting a much more interactive experience but alas. I think it's a great compliment to any other materials you might have or get.

Posted on: 2010/12/27 11:53
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Re: Dojo in Iowa City, Iowa?
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Re: Dojo in Iowa City, Iowa?
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Thanks for the kind words, Carl.


Not at all, Ron. If you see James and Charlie, tell them Jeanie and I say "hi".

P.S. I didn't mean to imply that James was still assistant teaching, just giving an idea of lineage.

Posted on: 2010/4/1 8:39
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Re: Dojo in Iowa City, Iowa?
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Hey Mike,

That's exactly where I just moved from last year. Unfortunately, there aren't any dojos in Iowa, much less BJK people in Iowa City/Coralville. When I was there, I would drive over to Omaha(about 8 hrs round trip), once a month or so. Here's the website....

http://www.onibujin.com/kurowashi

...and their blog.

http://kurowashi.wordpress.com/

James is a great guy. On weekends that I drove up, he would hold like a mini-seminar, basically a four hour class. Also, I think I remember him saying that he has a long distance student in Des Moines so you have a possible training partner. James trains regularly in Japan with Soke and came up under Chris Carbonaro who also from what I understand gets out to Hombu two or three times a year or more.

Though if you don't mind traveling a little further, in Vermillion, SD you've got Shidoshi Ron Bergman who was my first introduction to BJK. Excellent guy, he's been around for a while. It's a shame that I wasn't more dedicated when I had contact with him because there's really only a few people I've trained with so far that move as well. If you can make it out that far, it's worth the trip. I'd leave a link to his site, but I don't think it's been up and running for a while now, though I'm pretty sure he's still at it.


There was a dojo just across the NW border of Iowa to Wisconsin, after checking into them I learned that they were associated with Jeff Prather's Warriorschool, which isn't really my cup of tea but feel free to check it out. Sorry I don't have a link for that one.

Good hunting!

P.S. Where was your buddy two years ago!?? :)

Posted on: 2010/3/30 4:59
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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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Thank you Mr Gambatte. It is clear that you're very intelligent and wise in your years. You also have a large degree of tact and respect, and I welcome you to talk to me anytime. After reading your two posts, I not only agreed with 95% of what you said, I also have a deeper sense of respect for your insights.
I had also considered learning to read and write Japanese...and I have several books on those very subjects.


I hope that you take my advice to heart and while I understand that you're eager to share, I would think it would be alot more satisfying to share something you yourself took part in.

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also....I have way too much content (Still to upload) and too many necessary features for a blog to handle.
You've obviously looked through the website and found some things to be of informative value....and I'm sure that you've seen things that you think is ridiculous...so join if you already haven't and help me to make the site better....I am always willing to edit and improve to maintain accuracy.
As for the Hollywood Ninja...They have some good ideas that can be adapted...that's all. My website revolves more around actual skills that can be adapted to ninja. Like US Military, Private Detective, ect...



I think there's a misunderstanding, I don't condone putting many of the kinds of things that you have on your site out for general consumption. Nearly everything on the site is dangerous enough to get you killed or at the very least arrested. Also, having served in the US Navy, I'm more than a little unnerved by this page...

http://ninjainformationdatabase.webs.com/hensojutsu.htm

I find it difficult to surmise how someone who served as a U.S. Army Ranger would be so helpful in showing anyone who can read how to infiltrate our armed forces. People's lives, real people stand to be negatively affected by this, people you count yourself among. Seriously, I should hope to god that the Dept. of Homeland Security doesn't happen across your site as much of the info on there could be construed as "domestic terrorism".

I wanted to be helpful and encouraging in the hopes that you would begin to take your infatuation(negative and unhealthy) and turn it into a passion(positive and healthy), but it seems like you really just want to sell people your website. Here's a tip, people on the internet don't like to pay for things. Especially when those things don't really amount to anything but already free and publicly available material.

Good luck with your website and I hope you don't get arrested!

BTW "Gambatte" is a Japanese word that means something like "keep at it!" or "keep going/trying", it isn't my name.

Posted on: 2010/3/29 16:11
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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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On Scottbaioisdead,

While his seemingly excessive(IMO) tendency to correct people with no regard for the sense of shame and embarrassment that people inevitable feel when something they thought they knew is shown to be incorrect, I find off putting. Specifically because all it does is serve to further alienate the person he's arguing with, which seems counterproductive to the purpose of correcting someone. Having said that, there's never been a time where I've said to myself...."This guy doesn't have a clue what he's talking about." He seems to have amassed a huge amount of source material on the subject which lends to his credibility, and I seem to remember something about him being referenced in a Japanese publication as a "Ninjutsu Researcher".


On the Koga Ryu/Nintaijutsu/WotW people,

They seem to be sincere people, and I don't doubt that they believe in the veracity of their art as much as we believe in ours. But for me, what they do follows the "80's Hollywood Ninja Mythos" too closely for me to believe it authentic. Is what they do effective? Probably. As far as I can tell it usually looks to be a amalgamation of several different gendai arts, and not necessarily Japanese ones either..(i.e. Karate, Aikido, Judo, TKD, WuShu, etc...)Disclaimer: I have no idea how old Wushu is, but I included it because many of "them" do.

Bear in mind you can tell alot about someone by how they choose to present themselves(Can you tell that I wish that I knew what I was talking about, but not really enough to diligently study it?).I've noticed when talking with these people online that they tend to say things that sound like they're from a Ninja movie. Sage-like pearls that remind me of a certain David Carradine show. Specific references to being a "humble warrior" and using the term interchangeably between meaning "meager", "not arrogant", or "submissive", seemingly just to use the word again and sound mystical and wise. What I see when I read those kinds of replies, is someone "infatuated" with the romantic mythos associated with "Warriors of Shadow". Also watch out for repeated references to "Warriors of Shadow" and the like.

In the end, people will get exactly what they want, and if they want to believe that Ninja existed exactly as Hollywood describes them(because we all know that Hollywood is known for it's attention to historical detail), then they will.

Like I said though, that's not to say that there aren't plenty of sincere people who believe in the veracity of their art and study it diligently. Subuurban Ninja and Ali Karim seem to fit in this category, though the mission statement of the Way of the Winds org of "research and reconstruction" seems to take a back seat to "we're the true ninja and Hatsumi is a fraud". Subuurban does an excellent job of arguing the points he makes, but he does so from an academically inferior position.(to scottbaioisdead) Using logic to fill gaps in information is something perfectly natural that everyone does and IMO, shouldn't be regarded as the mark of someone being disingenuous, but something should be said for those people who, in the face of the "logic crutch", put it down and take an active role in learning(Academic/Research) to the best of their ability.

That should get you started....Gambatte

Posted on: 2010/3/28 19:28
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Re: Ninjutsu Website That is Pretty Cool
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Gabriel,

There is a whole host of info on BJK out there on the internet, though as you said, it's mainly very basic stuff. This is on purpose. Not so that others don't learn our secrets, but because anything advanced requires not only years of practice but solid context for it to even make sense, so BJK info isn't really going to give your site anything substantial. Having said that, I work the night shift with nothing to do but read or watch videos online and have a slightly more than passing interest in survivalist techniques, so there are a few vids that I enjoyed watching and appreciated being compiled together, so thanks for that!

Someone said earlier that infatuation can often be misinterpreted for passion, and I think that fits here. I don't mean that as an insult either, there are plenty of times in my developement(martial or otherwise) that I mistook one for the other and it was always to my detriment. I wish that in my youth, I had a clearer idea of this pitfall to personal growth. To clarify, someone passionate about sharing info about Ninjutsu IMO, would 1. Speak Japanese 2. Read Japanese and 3. Would focus on translating the already authentically verified works on Ninjutsu(Gunpo, Bansenshukai, Shoninki), rather than videos of "Ninja Guy A infiltrating his garage" found online.

Personally I think you'd be better served by beginning training and writing a blog about your martial path, as you obviously want to share your passion. Sure it may not get near as many views, but it would do alot more for your quality of life and sense of personal accomplishment. Also, as a matter of experience, I'm usually automatically suspect of anyone that seems overly willing to share. They usually don't have anything of value.(as you can plainly see with my post!)

Also bear in mind what someone said earlier about you having a preconceived idea of what ninja were and did. "Shuriken", for example, doens't translate to "thrown blade", I don't speak Japanese to any useful degree but from what I've gathered, the word refers to a "palmed" weapon. "Palmed", in the sleight of hand sense of the word. So what you have, is a weapon that's small enough to hide, even when your holding and using it.(i.e. within what looks like a simple grab/throw, there's actually several cuts/stabs/etc.. ) When thrown they served as a distraction so it's not really super important that they "stick".



The reality of Ninjutsu, to me, is way more impressive than the commonly held misconceptions.

Posted on: 2010/3/28 18:21
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Re: Carrying Knives
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LOL, it actually says "cheap switchblades" at the top. BTW, impressive thread necromancy.

Adam, I know that this is an old thread, but thank you for posting that quote. I hadn't seen it before and it applies perfectly to the topic. Fitting that it WAS the final post.

Posted on: 2010/1/10 1:07
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Re: Notice to all of Papa-san's students...
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Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that Shidoshi Carbanaro is holding a "Back from Japan" seminar in Illinois on March 22nd with all proceeds going to "Papa-san" for his medical bills. For more info, visit here:
http://www.earthwayjourney.com/Events/Chris_Carbonaro_0308.htm

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