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  1. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Hello all, Ive revived this post to let you guys know Ive lost 85lbs in last 3-4 months. I was hoping to make an attempt at the martial art again. There was a gentleman here that trained Bujinkan in Charlotte NC an I was hoping he may show up with information on that club as my attempts to...
  2. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Hey guys, sorry for just now posting again. Didn't mean for this to turn into an argument by any means. I want to restate, the people at that dojo were extremely nice and the instructor was extremely nice and very inviting for me to come train. I think a majority of what happened is due to my...
  3. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Well its very similar if not almost identical. I'm having an issue actually tapping, i just yell in pain typically. Once I'm in a joint-lock i'm already getting my other arm ready to brace the impact of getting put to the groud. If I dont the impact will be far too much for my body...
  4. adpatterson

    What style would be best for me?

    WELCOME, Ive done just the same thing you have. Having a great time researching and getting into the spirit of things. Lot of helpful people here. Have fun! Aikido is one of my favorites from just a watching stand point. I did try it for about 8 sessions but the falls were often and hard...
  5. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Actually I didn't even think about my joint condition at the time of going to class or writing this initially. It's not something that I deal with on a daily basus. I only about 5-6 years ago found that there was actually a name for it. We were having diagnostics done on my son, they said it...
  6. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    I'm not bashing the instructor or students. The student that was wrecking my hand with knuckle punches was showing me over and over how to do the move. He was very helpful or so he was trying. My martial arts iq is extremely low so I think he was trying to dumb everything down for me, which...
  7. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    I have a condition that's genetic, I've passed it to my son as well. Its called joint hypermobility syndrome. I'll add the definition below. I'm double jointed in my shoulders, which is a problem too. As a kid I use to clasp my hands together and literally jump rope using my arms if that...
  8. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Are you guys aware of any instructional videos that would help practice technique as well as condition me? Thanks.
  9. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    This is Bujinkan Ninjutsu in Charlotte NC. Yes this is drills only and no sparing, just instructional. I know my fitness level caused most of my discomfort but are overweight individuals frowned upon in MA because they lack the ability to be a good uke? Im not sure if I should just get some...
  10. adpatterson

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Ok, Wanted to get more advice. After posting for some reading on Ninjutsu, I decided it wasn't enough and went to two classes about an hour from me, on Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The results were not spectacular. According to my doctor this afternoon I had a dislocated left...
  11. adpatterson

    Ninja History Book

    Thanks Much for all the info. Started The Essence of the Ninja and will try one of the other suggested readings afterwards. I'm hoping to have my first lesson in Bujinkan tomorrow here in Charlotte. Hope all goes well, I'll let you know :)
  12. adpatterson

    Ninja History Book

    That would be great, I'd love to come try it out. I grew up in Kings Mountain, NC. So I'm only about 1:20 from you in Hendersonville!
  13. adpatterson

    Ninja History Book

    Thank you for the responses, I think I'll try the Essence of Ninjutsu first. I also found someone in the Charlotte, NC teaching Bujinkan so I'm going to give it a try next Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed I don't break a hip :) Aaron
  14. adpatterson

    Ninja History Book

    Hey there, Quick question. Ive read some of the forums here but sometimes its hard to see through all the bickering. Im a non martial artist, who enjoys watching martial arts. I am looking for a book to read that would give me the background of the ninja, their beliefs, purpose, rituals...
  15. adpatterson

    Help Deciding Which Martial Art is Best For Me

    Thanks K-Man I sent you a PM. I should have mentioned to the group that my wife and I are going to do this together some. So I wanted to find and art she would enjoy too. She is a little scared about hitting the mat so many times herself. She did some kickboxing classes when she was younger...
  16. adpatterson

    Help Deciding Which Martial Art is Best For Me

    I talked to him on Friday and we've decide to get my spine back in good shape before starting and MA's. He feels in a couple of months I'll be good as new :) I fully understand you point. but the things that draw me to the sport are the joint locks, pressure points, etc. I find it...
  17. adpatterson

    Help Deciding Which Martial Art is Best For Me

    Hi there I'm new to MA's, I have never tried any martial arts and have watch very little (mainly my brother - he did BJJ for 2 years). I have been familiarizing myself with an overview of the Arts, trying to decide which is best for me. I thought you guys could help, so I made a list of things...
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