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Re: Rapid City, SD
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The Bujinkan Kushin An Dojo in Rapid City, South Dakota is up and running full speed. Check us out at https://m.facebook.com/RapidCityBujinkan.


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Shinden Fudo Ryu training weapons
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Anyone know the specs for a Shinden Fudo Ryu sword and bokken, as well as where to purchase some?

Posted on: 2015/3/10 7:53
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Re: Kneeling kamae
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Thank you, Dani. That was very helpful.

I'm still finding stuff from back in the 80s when stuff "didn't have names." And the stuff that did have names, when I asked my teacher what the English translation was, he simply said, "It means 'It hurts'." lol



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Kneeling kamae
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I've got a question for y'all... I was taught a "ready kneeling posture" that I was told was Suwari Gata no Kamae by my teacher back in the 80s. I've been digging around in my old training notes and came across it. I haven't really been able to find any other name for it. After a Google Search I came up with "Tatehiza" from Iaido. The explanation is as follows:

"Tatehiza is a "battle-ready" sitting position. It translates to "standing or raised knee". Iaido practictioners have a nice set of kata that start in tatehiza, but the resting position they use is not the same as the one used in Batto. Tatehiza was used by samurai in many situations, but the most common one was when traveling. You could rest - even sleep - in tatehiza, but still be able to move instantly to counter an attack. From tatehiza you can rise up, knee-walk out of the way (shikko), or roll in any direction, all while drawing your sword."

If anybody knows the Bujinkan term for this kamae, would you be kind enough to let me know? This has been bugging me for awhile.

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Canberra Austrailia?
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One of my students is in the US Navy and will be going TDY to Canberra, Australia. Is there any Bujinkan training in that area? Thanks for any input.

Posted on: 2010/4/20 16:49
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Re: Dojo in Iowa City, Iowa?
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no worries.... they had a parting of the ways. I know some of the details, but won't go into detail.... it would be disrespectful.

Posted on: 2010/4/1 14:01
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Re: Dojo in Iowa City, Iowa?
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Thanks for the kind words, Carl.

Well, Mike, If you are looking to train in Omaha, I would contact Rob Meijas at <rex1478@aol.com>. As for James, my understanding is that he is no longer under Carbonaro, but operating on his own. I've been living in Omaha for about 8 months, but will soon be moving back to South Dakota. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Posted on: 2010/3/30 14:31
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Re: Seriously WHY?
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For a Space Marine at a Sci-Fi Convention, it looks pretty cool and would probably get him laid. Doing Bujinkan..... perhaps he should stick to Sci-fi conventions.

Posted on: 2010/3/15 13:02
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Bujinkan in everyday life
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Hey, y'all...

I am often asked if I've ever had to use my "ninja" skills. I always answer, "No, Soke has never given me any instructions to infiltrate a business or political entity, nor has he ever told me that I need to eliminate someone. I keep checking the hollow tree behind my house, but there is never a scroll in it." People are never sure how to respond to that and look all confused.

"Do you mean have I ever had to use my Bujinkan training in real life situations of danger?" I ask. "Yeah, that's what I meant, I think."

Well, my wife refuses to get into tickle fights anymore, saying I don't play fair as her limbs are tied into knots. Other than that, I use my ukemi all the time because I'm kinda clumsy (cats walking between your feet don't help; nor do my kids' toys that aren't picked up at bedtime, nor icy sidewalks). Also, I follow my intuition not to drive certain routes or walk certain streets.

I have been in several tense situations, but have managed to avoid a full physical confrontation due to body posturing and using verbal skills to keep my confronter off balance and confused, thus unable to successfully make the encounter physical.

A couple weeks ago, however, a situation occurred that, in my opinion, validated all of my training. I was at work in the auto shop, and we had just finished a tire rotation on a car. One of the other guys was doing figure eights in the parking lot with it and then brought it back into the shop to have the lug nuts re-torqued to specs. Three of us were standing BSing about Fallout 3, waiting for the car to re-enter the bay. The driver was supposed to enter the bay slowly after honking the horn (shop policy).

As I said, three of us were BSing and looking at each other. Suddenly the other two guys were jumping off to the sides, tripping over stuff, and I wondered "What the heck?" just as I heard the squeel of tires on concrete. I looked down and the car was in the bay about three inches in front of me and the passenger side mirror was about six inches from my left hip. I thought to myself, "Hhhmmm..... how did that get here?"

The brakes had failed on the car and it had entered the bay at about 20 mph before the brakes finally grabbed. The other two guys were pretty shaken up, and said they didn't see the car either, they just saw me "move without moving," and felt themselves "pushed out of the way."

So I guess you could say I passed my sakki test again. I sensed danger and moved just enough just in time. I can't account for how the other guys got out of the way. They said they didn't do it, but that they were moved by someone/something else. Perhaps it was me moving them, but I don't know nor am I going to take credit for it.

My teacher told me a similar story about his surviving a car accident in which he was t-boned at an intersection by a vehicle doing 45 mph; he unbuckled his seat belt and dove into the back seat of his minivan. He looked out the side window as he was diving and saw the oncoming car about 15 feet away.

So there's my real-life story of using my Bujinkan training in everyday life. Anybody else got similar stories?

Posted on: 2009/6/4 4:41
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Re: What represents great Bujinkan taijutsu to you?
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The main five elements that identify good/great taijutsu to me are listed below. I used letters because to use numbers indicates a ranked order. They all should be numbered as number one in equal importance.

A. Kamae
B. Ukemi
C. Balance (keeping yours and taking uke's)
D. Timing & Distance
E. Movement

Posted on: 2008/2/12 23:19
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