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Re: Hurrican Wilma and training
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Thank you Greg.

Mangroves areas here are protected by laws that are some of the most stringent in the country. Even big development dollars can't touch them as of yet.
The swamp/marsh lands of Louisiana, was the protective barrier that the area needed to stay safe, but when millions of acres disappear over a period of just ten years.....well, the balance is a little of. You said “All I could say to my wife (we said it at the same time) was "shouldn't they have already done that?".
My dad always told me to not put off until tomorrow, what you can do today. I had to train in the Bujinkan for 16 years before I could understand that simple statement.
Yes, I agree with you, it is amazing to see and difficult to understand.

Jon,
Glad your family is safe! From memory they are in Bonita Springs right? (right next to Naples for our readers)
Hope to see you when you’re here next visiting, and that you’ll join us for training once again. But this time we will have that beer we talked about also
Judge Judy IS one of the “snowbirds” she’ll be back in January.

Marc

Posted on: 2005/10/27 2:58
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Hurrican Wilma and training
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Greetings to all,

We are recovering from hurricane Wilma here in Naples Florida,
and I wanted to share some “REAL” info vs. media coverage of the situation for anyone that might be interested.
Also wanted to share some of my perspectives on our training in relation to the kind of situation we just went through.

The hurricane did a good amount of damage to many many trees around neighborhoods.
The supposed storm surge that the media drove everybody into a frenzy about, days before Wilma never came. A very large part of our coastal areas have large mangrove swamps in front of the beach. They protect us from storm surge. They are so strong/flexible that the Native Americans and early settlers tied their belongings and themselves to these mangroves during major storms. They also are able to drain massive amounts of water fairly quickly.
Houses in the area did relatively well, some of the older houses pre- 1960, had the most problems. There was also damage to newer roofs, but more in the form of leaks and such.
All in all, it could be summed up as “a little damage to a lot”.
Of course most of the media shots you see are of the worst things that happened here. Such as high rises losing part of their siding. Reality being, it happened only to ONE building here in Naples. And there are thousands of high rises. My hotel, here in Naples, The Hilton, (shameless plug), had NBC, CNN and others here during the storm staying with us, and one the gentleman that works for the “Today Show” even said to me, that the rating wars have gotten out of control. They are all fighting to capture the worst imaginable shot/situation. Not knocking the media, they have a business to run just like any other business.

Training…..
I kept thinking before and during the storm “10,000 changes no surprises”
With all the hype and commotion, it was a great lesson in staying calm focused and settled, while everything around you is not. Much like an altercation. A little preparation goes a long way. I made sure my family had plenty of water and food and ice. Some additional propane for a camping stove, a secure house etc etc, you know the basics. It reminded me of our kihon happo “the basics”, it’s OUR preparation, our wonderful Bujinkan truly gives you the tools to keep yourself safe, the question is can you apply it, internalize it and keep yourself safe?


Marc Van Dam


Posted on: 2005/10/27 1:18
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Re: Assistance please
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Here is a link for Florida Bujinkan training.

http://www.geocities.com/warrior_sutra/florida_training.html

Another resource for Florida;

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/floridabujinkannetwork/

Have a great day.
Marc


Posted on: 2005/9/14 0:25
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Re: Tabi Question
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!
Much appreciated and helpful.

Mr. Severe,
I would be happy to give it a try.

I have also found a shoemaker, who enjoyed my crude drawing and is willing to help. Maybe with a good floor plan from Mr. Severe, the shoe maker can teach me.

Have a great day everyone.
Marc



Posted on: 2005/7/27 0:59
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Re: Tabi Question
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Hi Matt,

Thank you.
32 is as big as I found also.
Will let you know what I find out....

Marc

Posted on: 2005/7/26 1:33
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Tabi Question
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One of my students requires size 17(US)indoor Tabi.
I've searched, but just can't seem to find.
Custom order maybe?
Any info or input is appreciated.
Have a great day everyone!

Marc

Posted on: 2005/7/26 1:05
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Re: Real Fighting, the truth according to me
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Great rant!! Thank you.
Off topic/on topic….

My instructor once made this comment to me about our art;
“Comparing our art to what else is out there, is like comparing martial arts to playing frisbee”. That’s how he tried to make it clear to us how different our art is. (Please don’t misread this as my art being better then yours)
It is about our mindset. A way of looking at life that ultimately, always puts us in an advantageous position. To have a productive, healthy and happy life. Training always, to learn, to be smart enough to accomplish that goal. And when it doesn’t seem to work, to keep trying. I just don’t believe that fighting is part of that equation.(I’ll take trickery and deceipt, please) A Japanese shihan said to me once; ”no fight, ok…. Fight...lose…ok? The words came from somewhere other then his mouth if you know what I mean. Combat, you ask? Don’t know much about it, got seriously beat up once when I was sixteen (2 day hospital visit). The experience in hindsight was helpful in clarifying how important an advantageous position can safe you, each and EVERY time.
Just some thoughts/comments from someone who is grateful to be swimming in the “Bujinkan Stream”

Marc
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Posted on: 2005/4/21 2:10
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Re: Dojos near Ft.Meyers/Naples area?
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Jon,
My pleasure.
Black & Tan please...

Marc

Posted on: 2004/11/10 23:19
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Re: Dojos near Ft.Meyers/Naples area?
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Hi Jon,
I'm the only I know of in Naples.
If you would like to get together and do some traing on the beach when you are here, just let me know. You can PM me for details or if you would just like some addtional info about the area.
When it comes to Bujinkan, there are quite a few wonderful people all over Florida.
Have a great day.

Marc Van Dam

Posted on: 2004/11/10 5:06
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