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    Testing Cost

    I would suggest contacting the Dayton Hombu directly either by email or by phone. I am not sure if the fee is the same for Long Distance Students as it is for in-house students so I am hesitant to throw out a figure.
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    Hayes

    So in 6 to 12 months are we going to be hearing from you about how bad the Bujinkan is because you get choked out by some BJJ guy? Seriously...it seems like you went from drinking one kind of koolaid to another and now want to convert everyone else. No organization OR person is perfect. ALL...
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    Discovery 2009!!!

    Heh...she just helps you improve your ukemi! Cups are for wimps ;)
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    Discovery 2009!!!

    Discovery is one of my favorite events of the year...unfortunately I am going to have to miss this years...too much going on and not enough time. The thing to expect is the unexpected. None of the instructors even really know what each other is going to be covering. The coolest thing though...
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    Black Belt

    Wow...they finally gave you a black belt huh? Who did you have to bribe? ;) J/K! Congratulations! See you at Festival?
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    Kicking in the To-Shin Do

    I believe (and please correct me if I am wrong) that the point is that even though YOU may have perceived the preattack indicators other potential witnesses may not have. You need to be able to clearly explain why you felt that your actions in this situation were what any reasonable person...
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    Kicking in the To-Shin Do

    Kreth, Cool...I really didn't take your question as a disagreement. If it sounded that way it was because I replied in somewhat of a hurry between appointments ;) I feel your question and point is an important one in discussing this type of training.
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    Kicking in the To-Shin Do

    Kreth, Very simply yes. We spend a great deal of time discussing the legal ramifications of any self defense application be it from a strike first perspective or from a more 'defensive' perspective. Hand positioning, body positioning, what you say during the altercation, as well as what you...
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    Kicking in the To-Shin Do

    Keep in mind it is not so much the kick itself that is fiery. It is more of when you use the kick in relation to the timing and intent of the ukes attack and your own connection/feeling to said intent. Example: The uke approaches you from your left side casually. As he approaches something in...
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    Kicking in the To-Shin Do

    One of the nice things about the shiho geri (imo) is that it allows us to kick in closer ranges than most people would consider 'kicking range'. It also allows a powerful balance taking/stopping kick delivered in any direction with either leg. A drill I enjoy using is to get 3-4 people holding...
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    Groundwork

    My understanding of BJJ is that it started off from a kodokan judoka and was taught to and refined by the Gracie family. The arts taught in To-Shin Do/Bujinkan training contain old schools of what is basically jujutsu. With this being the case we share similar roots so it shouldn't be very...
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    Groundwork

    The ground fighting that is involved in To-Shin Do comes from more than one source. Some of it most definitely has been extrapolated from the abundance of material that Mr. Hayes has to draw on. I have seen him do things that are similar to what you might find in BJJ, but upon being the uke it...
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    Fall Festival

    Already polishing the swords and stocking up on shotgun shells! ;)
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    Fall Festival

    I and three of my students will be making it. Unfortunately Lori won't be able to make it this year due to her very large pregnant belly ;) (twin girls for those of you who haven't heard!) Michael Stinson Phoenix Quest Center
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    Water Element Questions

    A couple of quick ideas: Don't just play with Sen/En Undo with lunge attacks. Once you get the feeling of the two exercises start changing up the attacks. Don't just stay in a rhythm...break the timing. You can also start doing things like going inside OR outside so it turns into sort an...
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    To-Shin Do and the Togakure Ninja Spirit

    Probably regret sticking my head in but.... It was pointed out that Mr. Hayes never publically speaks ill of those that speak ill of him. I would highly recommend that other To-Shin Do practitioners look to this example and learn from it...not merely use it as an example for an endless...
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    Adherence to "curriculum"?

    This is definitely the truth. I have had the opportunity to train at quite a number of the Quest Centers now and all of them have their own additions/subtractions from what is taught from the basic curriculum. From the very beginning the curriculum was offered as a skeleton to be filled out. One...
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    Anyone To-Shin Do?

    Hey, I doubt I will be very active as I am pretty busy...but for some reason I decided to poke my head back in here recently and it seems to be relatively civil. Will check things out from time to time and participate if it looks interesting :) Michael Stinson Phoenix Quest Center
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    Bulletmen and Steve Hayes

    In reading over this thread it appears some of you really do not understand the point of the bulletman training that is done at RMCat or even how it is done. The following is an article that describes one individuals experiences with it: http://www.realfighting.com/0102/rmcat.htm In...
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    Bulletmen and Steve Hayes

    Heh...I was thinking about you, but didn't want to bring you into it ;)
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    Bulletmen and Steve Hayes

    I can't speak for the redman suit exercises they do in Dayton as we personally don't have one in my school and I haven't really done much with them while visiting Dayton...but the idea of 'woofing' is certainly utilized. I encourage my students to play with all sorts of scenarios and methods of...
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    Bulletmen and Steve Hayes

    From Mr. Hayes: http://www.quest-l.com/collection/peyton.php In To-Shin Do we do utilize various training equipment as ONE tool to our training. Depending upon the level of training students may be asked to use gloves, chest protectors, head and face protection, arm/shin protection, etc...
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    Differences between To-Shin Do and the Bujinkan?

    In To-Shin Do there is a standard curriculm out there. There are also sheets that are given out which contain a skeletal outline. Having said that.... Much like the Bujinkan there is a great deal of variety from school to school. I know that both Tampa and California have their own...
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    Differences between To-Shin Do and the Bujinkan?

    The point is that very few people can share because they don't have the real information (substance?) to share. Even those of us that might be able to share...we can only give our personal experiences which will likely only paint a picture that someone else will come along and argue that it is...
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    Differences between To-Shin Do and the Bujinkan?

    The futility of these types of posts is that first and foremost very few people are equipped at all to answer them. Without fail many come in with things they have heard...or with very very limited experience (I trained with a guy that did 'X' once at a seminar). Even worse...I read on 'Blah'...
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    SKH visited Hatsumi in December

    As head of the Kasumi-An, he uses the title "An-shu", which literally means "hermitage director," An being a retreat or hermitage, and Shu being a director or overseer.
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    No Bujinkan Ranking?

    Nothing I am sure you have not read about elsewhere. I actually think little will come of it...but one never knows with these political thingies. *shrugs*
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    No Bujinkan Ranking?

    Commuter...relax...I don't think anyone is getting defensive (I certainly wasn't). I can see why Dan said what he said...but I also know why you wrote as you wrote it. I think all in all some good advice was given here...and some slight corrections made to what appeared to be...
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