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    Wado ryu history and training methodology ...

    This is a thread to discuss the history and training within Wado ryu, given that it is quite a bit different than the other traditional karate lineages. I'd like to start by asking how much of Yoshin ryu jujutsu is still taught within the Wado ryu curriculum? Does it still contain two person...
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    Why the young believe they know more than they do ...

    Or, "Why you should go out and run the world while you still know everything!" This is a response to a post made by a younger member of the forum, who accused me of stereotyping and being prejudicial. I thought it would be interesting to recount a small bit of a talk that I used to have...
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    Ha!

    One Sunday morning, the Pastor noticed little Marvin standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood...
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    Texas! Yep, I like it here ...

    SAN ANTONIO -- A homeowner shot two men, killing one, when he heard someone breaking into his SUV. It happened on Lightstone Drive near Stone Oak and Hardy Oak Boulevard shortly before 2 a.m. Police say the owner of a parked SUV heard someone attempting to break into it. That's when, according...
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    Is Nuclear Energy the Answer?

    There is a lot of debate currently about green energy. Solar is still not efficient, and wind energy is way too intrusive. Both of these are also not dense enough to provide for our ever increasing power needs. Nuclear energy has as many for it as against it. New technology and strict building...
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    The Egotist ...

    I was approached by one of the local martial arts instructors the other day. Here's a little background ... he has a large dojo in a suburban strip mall, and teaches his own school of "traditional martial arts". From what I've seen of it, it is a blend of karate and tai kwan do, with a few...
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    Instructing in the Koryu arts, from a different thread ...

    As Chris said in his earlier post, it depends upon which koryu art. Each school is different, sometimes very different, and have their own rules, regulations, and ideals. Getting an instructor's menkyo takes about 10 to 12 years of dedicated training in the two koryu that I am most familiar...
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    8th Annual Florida Batto Do Tai Kai Feb 28 - Mar 1 2008

    The U.S. Federation of Batto Do is holding their spring Tai Kai in Palm Bay Florida this year. Thursday and Friday will be seminars, testing, and enbu. Saturday will be Tai Kai competition. Lots of high profile and talented individuals with much experience in the Japanese sword arts will be on...
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    Upcoming Tai Kai ...

    Hey y'all, Just wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming Orlando Battodo Tai Kai, in case you aren't one that checks out the seminar forum regularly. :) It will be February 17th, with seminars all day February 16th. Spectators are free this year so, if you're anywhere around the...
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    2007 Orlando Batto Do Tai Kai in February ...

    The 2007 Orlando Batto Do Tai Kai will be held on Saturday Feb 17th, 2007. Seminars will be taught all day Friday Feb 16. Location is within 4 miles of Disney World. Full seminar schedules, rules, hotel info , BBQ info, Beer info and registration info will be posted as it becomes available on...
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    Koryu kata ...

    Greetings all. I was directed toward these clips on YouTube of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu. TSKSR is among the oldest still living traditions in Japan, having been officially formed in the mid 1400's. I thought these clips were very nice, so I thought I'd share them since I enjoyed them...
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    Cutting Seminar ..

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    Cutting Seminar ..

    Not sure if this is proper in this forum. If not, please feel free to toss it Mods! :) A while back, I was asked about staging a seminar on cutting and cutting safety for those that don't actually attend a dojo, or who's dojo does not include tameshigiri. Things have been pretty darn busy...
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    Three openings, kenjutsu/battojutsu

    We currently have three openings for Kobu Shin Ryu batto/kenjutsu at the Kobu Shin Ryu dojo in Plano, TX. a U.S. Federation of Battodo member dojo. For more information, including contact information ... http://www.kobushinryu.net/ http://www.usbattofederation.org/
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    Sixth Annual Batto Jutsu Tai Kai ...

    Hey y'all, Just wanted to let everyone know about the Orlando Tai Kai coming up in August. Details are in the Events Forum. Anyone from this board planning on going? Cheers,
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    Sixth Annual Battojutsu Tai Kai ...

    The 6th annual Orlando Batto Jutsu Tai Kai is now official! The date has been set as August 27th, and information about instructors, seminars, competition events, and rules is up on the web at www.toyama-ryu.com. The Orlando Tai Kai is always a terrific time with good people and some top-notch...
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