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    Mark O' brian ( Bujinkan )

    I'm not wanting to start any flame wars or create a mess. But can anyone say what Mark is doing now? In other words, is he still with the Bujinkan, just does not train with Soke? Has he switched to another school? Has he branched out on his own? Hearing that he does not train with Soke, but is...
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    McDojo/McDojang and all other names

    Brandon, From your description of your school, I would find it hard to believe anyone would consider either your school or your friend's school a McDojo. It sounds like you charge a fair price for your time and effort. The simple reality is everything in life costs. Charging a fair price is...
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    McDojo/McDojang and all other names

    I tried to offer a definition for a McDojo once before, but someone pointed out a few flaws. So I'll try again here. Psychiatrists do not identify mental disorders with a solid hard and fast rule. they have a set of descriptions symptomatic of the problem (any one of which might apply to any...
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    how many people here have been enrolled in mcdojos ?

    I think we can potentially define a McDojo with the following Criteria: 1. Emphasis on contracts 2. Frequent belt testing (monthly/bimonthly/quarterly) with fees 3. Gear must be purchased through school 4. BB Club or similar "express train" promoted heavily 5. Style changes based on current...
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    Ninjutsu Good or Bad??

    Gimboslice, You need to decide EXACTLY what you want most. Your desire to get everything is a setup for a classic "Jack-of-all-trades, Master of NONE" situation. Ninjutsu is a very good choice for what you want, but even there, you need to decide what you want. Below is my humble opinion of...
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    My Ninjutsu experience

    Tiger, What exactly were you wanting to get out of this post? You said you knew the person teaching you was crazy/wierd. Were you expecting others to say he was normal and that was the right way to do it? Because if you knew he was weird, then you should have expected the reactions you've...
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    My Ninjutsu experience

    Given this day and age, I have to assume one of two things. I'm not accusing, just pointing out the only options. 1) you made this up. 2) This is a true story. If you made this up, I feel sorry for you, since it should be painfully obvious there are very knowledgible and experienced people on...
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    Hayes

    On the point of the lunge punch issue, I'm not sure if I was the one Nitflegal was saying it to, or anyone reading the thread. But, he might have a point. If the point of a lunge punch is to give a highly visible target for the training partner to work off of, it is VERY useful for perfecting...
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    Hayes

    This just seems to go round and round. So. . . Here is my take on it and why this entire brouhaha is a waste of valuable time. Stephen K. Hayes trained with Soke Hatsumi in the 1970's. He introduced the art to the US and western countries in the 1980's. At that time he was in the good graces...
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    To-Shin Do Vocals

    I didn't know there were different vocalizations. All I've seen are (I guess) the earth basics and the advanced stuff where there's no kiai. The different words for the different types of responses make sense (different than I'm used to, but there seems to be a logic to it.) So in actual...
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    To-Shin Do Vocals

    Looking at the demo videos and iTunes stuff, it seems that most of the self-defense techniques involve yelling "Stop it!" instead of a kiai. I am guessing that is a legal protection thing. After all, if you mave a few moves and the attacker is on the ground, it could easily look like the...
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    Question regarding Bushindo vs Toshindo

    Matt and Kevin, good points. Kevin, In regards to lineage and the strictest execution of a form and how you would be forced to pick a specific time period. While I see your point, I think they would be closer than that. I see that there would be differences, but I suspect the differences would...
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    Question regarding Bushindo vs Toshindo

    Obi Wan Shinobi brought up a good point. Mind if I spin it a bit and take the other side? I have heard many people say that as you grow and become expert, you adapt your techniques to match your body and that is the epitome of the art. (I am paraphrasing, but hopefully you get what I...
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    Question regarding Bushindo vs Toshindo

    Kevin et al, I also agree with finding a teacher you believe in. I also now understand a bit more about Toshindo than I did when I started. I respect Stephen Hayes and feel he has a large area of expertise. But my passion is to learn an art that has roots 1,500 years old. So that is where I am...
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    Question regarding Bushindo vs Toshindo

    Cryo, Maybe I'm being dense. What do you give up on? I've shifted my position almost 180 degrees. From originally wanting to go toshindo and getting Bujinkan rank through it. Now I am going to go Straight Bujinkan, with just using the traditional pieces from Hayes as an extra resource. So...
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