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  1. Dale Seago

    Ed Martin?

    You're assuming that he HAS an instructor. He never said he does, just that he asked "two instructors" for contact information. He might be looking for a teacher of his very own and is considering becoming Martin's student. Reason I mention this is that I often get inquiries from people outside...
  2. Dale Seago

    Kamae Question

    What the other two said. I came to this from a 14-year background in a number of other arts, and thought I had a pretty good understanding of what I saw in books because of that. Turned out I didn't have a clue. At first -- yes, probably, because you're using unaccustomed muscle groups or...
  3. Dale Seago

    Gyokko Ryu and Wing Chun

    Both are apocryphally said to have - possibly - been developed by women. I can't think of any other similarities.
  4. Dale Seago

    P.S. -- so far 3 of my students have reached 10th dan; one is now 15th.

    P.S. -- so far 3 of my students have reached 10th dan; one is now 15th.
  5. Dale Seago

    Togakure Biken Videos

    You can find the formal kata here, among other places: http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=29193&cat=249&page=1
  6. Dale Seago

    Why is it...

    Tsuki-Yomi, you can see Joel in the clips I linked above: He and several of his folks came in from Sacramento to help out.
  7. Dale Seago

    Why is it...

    MythBusters did in the first of their 2 "ninja specials", but still insisted on mainly covering BS. Some clips from this one at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9b8az_mythbusters-78-bujinkan-parts_sport
  8. Dale Seago

    Anyone train at these NY schools?

    Both instructors have been around for a very long time. I don't know how often Kevin gets to Japan, but I saw Joe there last week. Either should be fine, I recommend visiting both and seeing which instructor and class you "mesh with" the best.
  9. Dale Seago

    Training In Japan

    More precisely, first I saw it (with Soke), then some of the shihan were able to help me with it. Still got LOTS of work to do on my own now, though. 26 years now, still going and still growing. I love this art!!
  10. Dale Seago

    Who's Made It Through The Dragon Years?

    To the extent that this occurred, more than one of the Japanese shihan who were training with him while Takamatsu sensei was still alive and shortly after have stated, in recorded interviews, that it was this way because Hatsumi sensei hadn't yet figured out what Takamatsu was trying to show him...
  11. Dale Seago

    Is it ok for a Shidoshi to create his own rules?

    Very true. I'm not formal about attire in my own dojo; if it's cold we'll wear the jacket, otherwise we generally don't unless we're working on techniques that would make it desirable to avoid shredding a t-shirt. One of my dojo-class video clips on Facebook has me doing everything wearing a...
  12. Dale Seago

    Charles Daniel

    While I don't disagree with that sentiment, the problem is that the Bujinkan's detractors typically can't understand good taijutsu when they see it either. They often conclude, for example, that whoever Hatsumi sensei is using as his "uke of the moment" is doing an unrealistic attack, doesn't...
  13. Dale Seago

    Charles Daniel

    He's teaching a seminar in Pennsylvania at the end of August, sponsored by Ed ("Papa san") Martin.
  14. Dale Seago

    How far would you travel?

    I'd recommend the Bujinkan Heijyoshin Dojo in San Diego, headed by Shidoshi Morgan Webb. BTW, before I started going regularly to Japan to train I spent a few years driving after work twice a week to the Stockton dojo, which was the only one in northern California. 180-mile round trip.
  15. Dale Seago

    How effective is this really?

    While this is sortakinda true, it deserves some qualification where Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is concerned. Someone who is fast and strong has an undeniable "natural advantage", which gets multiplied exponentially if he also is armed. The things we use to neutralize such natural advantages --...
  16. Dale Seago

    How effective is this really?

    Hatsumi sensei does keep old koryu-style lineage books/charts, but you'll only be in one if you're 5th dan and above. Before that you have not yet been "born".
  17. Dale Seago

    Children's Requirements

    From my website FAQ section:
  18. Dale Seago

    Does the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu still exist?

    Couldn't find 'em 'cause of too much shrinkage? :-)
  19. Dale Seago

    Charles Daniel

    Agreed. Even given that this was 17 years ago, I think it's pretty good. To understand why this is so, however, you have to have a good understanding of what my friend & colleague Doug Wilson often refers to as "the kihon of the kihon". Charles has definitely got it goin' on in that respect...
  20. Dale Seago

    what's the difference? Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu --- Gyokkushin Ryu Ninjutsu

    "Ninjutsu lineage" vs. "samurai lineage" is an artificial distinction inasmuch as most of those in the Iga/Koga region we would consider "ninja" today were either rural samurai, or were trained and led by them.
  21. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    I don’t think you’ll find STRIKE being taught these days except by Prof. Humphrey’s sons or by people he or they have trained in it; but I can give you a concept overview you’d find easy to work with. It begins with learning to punch hard. Big surprise, right? :-) The...
  22. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    Okay, nothing really to argue about then. :-) Yes, it can be very beneficial, though very little of it needs to be done in order to "get the feeling". In fact, there's a form of what could be called "noncompetitive boxing training" called STRIKE which is perfect for the purpose. It was...
  23. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    There's plenty of hitting (and being hit) and kicking (and being kicked) in the Bujinkan, so I'm really not sure what point you're trying to make.
  24. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    Didn't read Don's article that kicked this whole thread off, did you? Do you REALLY find it acceptable to "take a hit" when what you thought/assumed was a punch was actually a knife attack?
  25. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    The devil is always in the details, in this case (as was also noted in the Kutaki thread) the definition of “sparring”. :-) I don’t think that what you describe here is a Bad Thing, as long as it’s done in moderation (i.e., not too frequently). This kind of randori is...
  26. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    In at least one respect we are, in that we agree on the need for randori or "free play" in various forms. For the rest, though, I don't think so: You appear to be coming at this from a perspective of trying to make a technique work, while I'm talking about tactics. Quoting myself from a thread...
  27. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    More properly. . .and yet without contradicting what you said. . .everyone should be training to do things in such a way that the opponent can't tell what you're doing until it's too late to do anything about it. In the Bujinkan at least, the three common general approaches are to (a)...
  28. Dale Seago

    Omote soke / Ura soke

    I think you're likely right about that. As for the soke/shihanke distinction, it makes sense that the soke would in most cases be a member of the originating family and would not necessarily have extensive knowledge of the art itself as historically the soke title was all about legal...
  29. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    Yes. "Resistance" implies directly opposing forces, and we pretty much never oppose an opponent's force directly with our own unless our strength is much greater. If the opponent is able to resist a technique it means that the positional relationship is outside the parameters within which that...
  30. Dale Seago

    Don Roley's Recent Blog Post On Resistance Training And Sparring!

    Right, that's why I prefer terms like compliance vs. noncompliance.
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