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  1. ElfTengu

    Any 'Must See' Ninjutsu Videos Online?

    A good selection of tasters Chris, but my goodness, some of the comments are like hearing an archbishop blaspheme!
  2. ElfTengu

    Boshi/Shito Ken Strikes

    Try Hiso Ken and build up to boshi/shito ken. Two things to try: First, perhaps oversimplified, retract the thumb somewhat, punch initially with the knuckles, and then tilt the fist forward and use the thumb, quite effective into an area which is still registering the impact of the knuckles a...
  3. ElfTengu

    Hand conditioning

    Thanks all, it was during a seminar and following a lot of full power full speed drills when I noticed a big chunk out of my palm. The instructor's comment was (good humouredly) that I obviously wasn't practicing enough, which is probably true, but now I can't practice at all without covering my...
  4. ElfTengu

    Hand conditioning

    I am looking for any hints on hand conditioning that work in the short term to toughen up palms and finger pads so that rattan doesn't keep taking the skin off. I don't have the softest hands, being a factory worker, keen gardener and martial artist in another style for 25 years, but whilst...
  5. ElfTengu

    fighting techniques of the ninja

    When it is commonly accepted that Sonshi (Sun Tzu's Art of War) and Go Rin no Sho (Musashi's Book of Five Rings) can be applied at an individual, small group, massive army, or even on a modern business strategy level, and will no doubt be applied in the disant future in ways that we couldn't...
  6. ElfTengu

    Are most Bujinkan dojos Ad Hoc training style?

    And just to clarify for Bujinkan members looking at this, the use of stars is different in our organisation, see below, 'Training Resources', then 'Ranking Layout'. http://www.roundrockbujinkan.com/ Also, some Bujinkan dojo also use the Brown belt for anything from 3rd-1st kyu.
  7. ElfTengu

    Are most Bujinkan dojos Ad Hoc training style?

    Sounds fairly typical to me, enjoy the ride!
  8. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Like Tsunetomo's ideal samurai I rush in shooting without considering the consequences. I've been doing it for a decade or more and still haven't learned my lesson! If I had known/considered that koryuha make no claims of combat effectiveness, I would probably not have caused such a kerfuffle...
  9. ElfTengu

    Not ninjutsu but...

    Well all I can say is:
  10. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Bas Rutten's foreword in 'Complete Krav Maga' is a perfect example of having respect for other aspects of martial arts (and Krav Maga is a martial art whether it wants to be or not, or it wouldn't be all over the martial arts magazines, it would be in Combat and Survivalist magazines instead)...
  11. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Not at all grumpy Chris, I am beginning to have a greater appreciation of what koryu 'might' be all about, and as long as no koryu practitioners keep popping up claiming to have a more effective method of training for real fights than other types of martial art then I will say no more on the...
  12. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Actually, it is the same in Bujinkan, and the Bujinkan also has people who rarely go beyond repetition of kata with the same religious fervour, and essentially rely on 'faith' that this is all they need to do. Some of us like to play in a more realistic or 'application/bunkai' more than to...
  13. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    There is really no need for the formality, and I will of course correct you, not necessarily where you are wrong, but where I have erred to the extent where I have created the wrong impression of my experience and opinions to be conveyed to you. 1. I have been in several real 'fights/scuffles'...
  14. ElfTengu

    Not ninjutsu but...

    People cannot help what turns them on, in fact nun costumes are big sellers in the 'adult' industry and I'm sure it won't be long before burkhas and rabbi costumes follow. Disrespectful surely, but illegal, and therefore unnacceptable, surely not? Dave Allen was superb, and Father Ted is...
  15. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Maybe it is me that is confused but I am talking about totally free form 1, 2, 3 etc step sparring, where neither party knows what the other is going to do. I can't see that as being kata, otherwise I would have to call normal sparring a 100 step kata, which it clearly isn't. Or perhaps...
  16. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    That was a fantastic post Chris (as in 'good' rather than 'fantastical'). I see I am running out of arguments, and luckily I have the kind of pliable ego that can live with that. It appears to be my understanding of what koryu are, and what they are for, which needed nudging in the right...
  17. ElfTengu

    Not ninjutsu but...

    Apparently she was with another nun and they saw a vampire. Her *sister* said "Quick, show him your cross". But she got the wrong idea and kicked him in the head.
  18. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    p.s. the sojutsu randori was great, I felt I had to have a go myself. Go on, you try! http://www.purely-games.com/ant_fighting_game.html :D
  19. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    Chris's response was very helpful, if a little condescending at times. The rest of you did exactly what I said you would not be able to do and that is convince me to change my opinions based on keyboard tapping on a forum. Recent changes to ryuha just scares me, because these are changes being...
  20. ElfTengu

    The purpose of the ryu

    The problem with koryu, including those aspects of x-kan training that are koryu or similar, is that you never really know with an 800 year old art whether the version preserved today is the 800 year old version, the 700 year old version, the 600 year old version etc etc etc. For those arts that...
  21. ElfTengu

    Best Keiko-gi and Tabi brands?

    Or get some leather tabi from Ercan (advertised on Kutaki), I think he works from a drawn outline of your foot.
  22. ElfTengu

    Not ninjutsu but...

    I hope she doesn't try that on a full stomach or we could end up with nun-chucks!
  23. ElfTengu

    You Might Be a fluffy bunny ninja

    And no matter how long ago you last heard it, your brain can recall that tune instantly. Maybe we were being subliminally programmed to FO, as RUP used to put it! :D
  24. ElfTengu

    You Might Be a fluffy bunny ninja

    Oh come on guys, would you really deny other people the experience? :D Think back to when you first saw RUP, I know I laughed my tabi off, even though it was years ago. It is probably less annoying than many official dojo sites. I did avoid leaving a direct link though, as surely Google...
  25. ElfTengu

    You Might Be a fluffy bunny ninja

    I'm surprised no one has posted a link to Robert Hamburger's enterprise. Sums it up best for me, the ol' R-U-P!
  26. ElfTengu

    Ed Martin?

    That is outrageous! There are people in the org that my teacher does not necesarily hold in high esteem, but he would still help his students to contact them and would do no more than decline to comment about them or at most raise one eyebrow. But he would never be obstructive or dismissive...
  27. ElfTengu

    Parkour and Ninjutsu

    This is fine as long as you are doing your hiding before you have an exhaustive fight/climb/swim/run etc and are not panting with adrenaline/exertion. I snore when I am not even completely asleep so I'm not the best person to ask about silent breathing. And when I have led a group of...
  28. ElfTengu

    Parkour and Ninjutsu

    Yeah, I heard about the mystical method of climbing a wall (using a rope) with your back to the wall so that you can see what's going on around you. No one should really comment until they have tried it though. *Hint* about as feasible as a narrow gauge bamboo breathing tube underwater.
  29. ElfTengu

    Ninjustu acceptance in the Martail Arts World

    *Gasp* Don't bring 'Bob's Whack-a-mole Swordplay' into it, because authentic 'Bob's Whack-a-mole Swordplay' practitioners hate it when people steal their terminology and start up their own fake 'Bob's Whack-a-mole Swordplay' schools! :D
  30. ElfTengu

    Ninjustu acceptance in the Martail Arts World

    Don't let this guy steal time that you could have spent training, he is not the first, far from the last, and is very sad really. Ninjutsu is 100% Japanese even if most of its practitioners aren't. But all authentic ninjutsu practitioners, and certainly all authentic instructors/teachers, have...
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