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Re: Recovering from aching knees?
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The last video has one flaw. You should never lock out our knees on the upswing. Well not unless you want knee problems.

Posted on: 2010/11/7 12:40
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Re: Recovering from aching knees?
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Hi:

There are a couple of things to consider. One is form of course. Also, you have to remember that the squat is an all body exercise. It engages much more than the quads and glutes. This means that pain may be referred.

Try using a foam roller each time you work out. If you don't know how find a trainer. This can address issues that may lead to this kind of pain. Also, see a good PT as they can help assess the source. Which may or may not be the knee.

For example try massaging with your thumbs the area above the knee cap. Sometimes tightness here will cause and issue.

Or it could be due to spinal and shoulder compression. You can find a good tool called the manta on bodybuilding.com. Or change up. Leg press, front squat.

In any case it is a bad idea to do any exercise too regularly. Or any routine. Your body learns fast so switching things up is good.


Posted on: 2010/11/7 12:37
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Re: Kacem's Interview
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RJHIII wrote:


I don't think his comment was off at all. Koryu or Koryu derived martial arts or combat arts in general are/were designed and created for an elite groups of dedicated individuals.


If I take this as fact, then isn't it brutally dishonest to teach anyone who doesn't fit this mold past the first few classes/months/years? If you believe this that concretely, then you must expel anyone who isn't elite as a waste of time or be guilty of contributing to the negative attributes of the organization by 'diluting' it's elite purity, or at least be guilty of taking advantage of us 'lesser people'. (Yes I realize this sounds a touch harsh, but hear me out)

I heard it said years ago by a certain judan that those few dedicated people are the important ones, and the rest are 'rent payers' or sheep that the higher ups in the Buj fleece to support the elite few (Shawn is no doubt very familiar with who I am speaking of)...... I had hoped that I would never hear anyone talk about things in that same tone again, but the elitist mentality seems to thrive none the less.

If anyone not of the 1% isn't worth their salt....then why allow us to remain? To fleece, to use as beat-toys, someone to look down upon & support your pedestals? Would you ethnically cleanse the Buj of non-elites if you had the authority? Kinda craps on the whole brotherhood, good will/spirit/heart thing I keep hearing a certain Soke talk about.....

Again I realize these are harsh ways of putting it yet I don't see how to avoid the conflict that elitist thinking creates.


People make choices. It is pretty simple. If they come and train and want to learn that is their choice. We train hard and that was the way I was taught. If I want to be trained hard I go to my teacher and I know he and his current students will not grant me one whit of grace. That is my choice. I know exactly what I am doing.

I decided to train in a martial art. There are some people in the art who I like and some who like me. There are also some who don't. At no time did "brotherhood" factor into it although that has grown with some. If you want brotherhood as a goal I suggest the Boy Scouts or the military.

Adults make choices. They come, some go and some stay. It is not my job to make them stay. It is my job to teach what I was taught and if I do a half way decent job of that than I will gain from the experience and so will the student.

That is not elitism. It is practicality. And responsibility to the student. The student in turn has to be responsible to themselves. If my cross steps sucked, which they did, I spent every afternoon practicing them. That was my responsibility not my teachers. His was to tell me I sucked and to help me see how to be better. Well teachers. They could show me the light, they could not open my eyes and mind. I had to do that on my own.

Posted on: 2010/11/7 11:52
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Re: Being "good" at budo...
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The world is more fragile than most of us believe. Always be aware of that but don't dwell on it.

Everything can fall apart tomorrow due to nature or man.

Growing up in a Jewish family in the US post Holocaust I learned that lesson.

I also learned it simply by living in NY and a few other places as well. Here is and overseas. Some bad experiences.

If you delude yourelf that life is safe and all is well then Budo is a nerdy thing. If you train for the bad and seek to be prepared for the worst you will have gained some new knowledge.

Bad things happen when you are most comfortable. Sometimes they come from sources you trust.

In the end you will pay the price if you choose to cease to be aware.

Not a prediction of bad times to come. Just recognizing history. Flood, drough, famine, disease, we have not conquered any of these.

Posted on: 2010/10/10 14:03
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Re: Self Introduction
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Darren,

Thanks for the warm welcome. You are correct in that I have gained significant experience in ukemi and Kihon Happo since I began training in 2009. Out here in Afghanistan, I found some Aikido practitioners and have been training with them twice a week in order to stay fresh on my ukemi and get some practice with maintaining balance and fluid movement. It has been valuable training since I have not found anyone in the Bujinkan out here that still trains.

I've also been studying the literature of Soke and the notes I took at past seminars and classes mainly on the Tenchijin. I feel prepared to go to the Hombu, and I agree with you that I can learn alot of the basics from the Japanese Shihan. Training under Soke would obviously be an enormous pleasure but I am planning on learning from everyone I meet out there.

I attended 2 seminars with 15th dan in the US; Shihan Pearce and Shihan Asuncion. Both were great experiences for me that I took alot away from. I am a member of the Bujinkan Raku Rai dojo out of Murfreesboro, TN and trained under Sensei Prater (8th dan) usually twice a week.

Can't wait to visit the Land of the Rising Sun, it has been too long that I have been waiting, since 1998! I'll spend a couple days in Tokyo sightseeing and about 10 days training in Noda.

Any more words of advice would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Jarod


Take some time to go to Ueno. The main museum has a great collection of armor and very interesting art. If you look around in the station you will find a bookstore. Ask for the subway map. A great map of the system for Tokyo and the burbs. I missed the Edo museum the last time but my students went and said it was a blast. Shawn's apt in Noda is good. If it is full try the Azusa Ryokan.

You can e-mail me at awitty@warriorwindma.com. I have some stuff scanned in from various trips.

Posted on: 2010/9/15 13:27
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Re: The Best Gi out there
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I like Hayashi or Tiger Claw. Also, having had a 14oz I would not go back. Once they wear in they are pretty good.

Bujin Design had a fairly cool one but it seems they may go down hill. They used to manufacture in Bolulder and how seem to be moving work offshore.

Posted on: 2010/4/29 6:30
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Re: Reading
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A review of Takagi by Arnaud.

Posted on: 2009/12/12 13:31
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Re: The topic of resistance
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You learn through repetition and practice. First learn the technique. Then learn how to use the technique in the face of resistance. Then learn how to distract to overcome resiistance. For example a quick strike that distracts the uke.

Then learn to apply the technique on the fly with timing and distance that leaves no room for resistance.

Posted on: 2009/12/12 13:29
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Re: Welcome Back
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Thank you. Middle Age.

Posted on: 2009/9/8 12:44
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Re: Welcome Back
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Looks good. Is there any way to change the font size?

Posted on: 2009/9/8 2:40
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