Recent content by BrendanF

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    Yagyu Shingan Ryu Canada

    The two-man kata taught in koryu dojo are accompanied by a teaching methodology which ensures that they are not 'good for demos.. reduce the capability for improvisation, personal expression etc..' In fact the training/teaching methodology explicitly sidesteps those concerns. Improvisation is...
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    For those of you who want to learn how to fight outside of sport:

    Sosuishi ryu. We also train old school Kodokan Judo alongside the koryu jujutsu stuff though - it makes for a good combination.
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    Do Grip Trainer AddOn Device Exist For Swords the way Baseball Bat, Raquet, Hockey stick, and other Sports Equipment have Tools Teaching proper Grip?

    Not from what I've seen. Like the other poster said, in Japanese sword arts it is generally the teacher's job to explain those details, and ensure they're adhered to. While there are detailed requirements for tenouchi, it is considered a basic, entry level aspect to training that should be...
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    Whereabouts to Japanese jiu jitsu and Goju Ryu in New York

    As Tony mentioned, Chris has well described the state of the arts you are asking after. There is a highly regarded branch dojo of the Sosuishi ryu in New York: Sosuishi-Ryu Jujutsu Kai (S.J.J.K.) Good luck with your search!
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    Couple of Japanese swords at recent auction

    Skeptical. Unpapered swords at auction are... not likely to be the genuine article.
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    Train TMA but fight like kickboxer

    This is the issue many people have with traditional martial arts that practice or teach stylised techniques. Of course fighting is going to look like fighting, so the practicing of stylised techniques invariably amounts to little.
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    Train TMA but fight like kickboxer

    I get your point - I'm familiar with arts which use training/conditioning exercises that are not necessarily intended to reflect the style. I have however left arts because there were forms and exercises which were explicitly meant to reflect the fighting style, and absolutely didn't. Age 18...
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    Video examples of multiman-fight.

    Doesn't look very TRIGONDO.
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    Uselessness of kata in the real world!

    I think it pays to know what the term actually means, outside of one niche art. Traditional Kata in Japanese MA
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    Aikido and other arts

    No - the most prestigious magazine on the topic was Stan Pranin's Aiki News. It's fairly well established that Ueshiba did not have any extensive MA training before meeting Takeda and learning Daito ryu, which he went on to do for a couple of decades.
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    Aikido and other arts

    Pertinent to this topic: Great Aikido Aikido Greats 斤暹郎
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    Japanese word for Kwan

    This is the kanji for ryu: This is the kanji for 'Kan' - meaning 'building' ie Judo's 'Kodokan' or 'Nippon Budokan'
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    Calling Somebody's Dojo A McDojo Is Offensive

    Didn't realise I was, honestly. Was just curious - hence the questions. No worries though, later.
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    Calling Somebody's Dojo A McDojo Is Offensive

    What makes you think it is? Do you think 'Bullshido' and 'McDojo' mean the same thing? FWIW that is Iida Hiroo of Daito ryu Muden Juku - a legitimate teacher of Daito ryu Aikijujutsu, the art studied and modified by Ueshiba Morihei to create Aikido.
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    Calling Somebody's Dojo A McDojo Is Offensive

    Worked alright for me last time someone tried to do a home invasion - chased him off with my bokken.