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    Gems of the Bujinkan - A Farewell Message from bencole

    Effective today, I am leaving all online communities, including Martial Arts Planet, Martial Talk, and BudoSeek. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining Chris Carbonaro, Oliver Martin and Anthony Lucas for the opening of the new Tanuki Dojo in Long Branch, New Jersey. I was *VERY*...
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    Some thing I thought I would show

    I'll remember those hints the next time a car knocks over a utility pole just as some evildoers attack! LOL! :) -ben
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    Some thing I thought I would show

    Because he's the only one would can pick up the ****ing! thing! LOL! :) Have you ever tried to pick one of those things up? Let alone *YIELD* it in a battle scenario?!? Yikes! -ben
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    The rant thread

    So you are dissatisfied with people who don't leave Japan frustrated by a supposedly overpowering senior? I still don't get it, Nim.... The way it was written, your post actually sounds like a criticism of Hatsumi-sensei. After all, he's the supposedly overbearing personality that is driving...
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    The rant thread

    Away from what? Japan? Or the Bujinkan? I did not get the feeling that this person was leaving the Bujinkan, just moving back to his home country from Japan. That's why I don't understand what precisely the "rant" is.... :mst: -ben
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    The rant thread

    Really? Curious.... I don't think most people are very good. :) Or that Japan itself demands a certain type of person.... You say this individual went to Japan in the early 1990s. That's over 10 years in Japan!!! To be honest, ten years in Japan can turn anyone batty! It takes a...
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    The rant thread

    Nim, I'm sorry, but I not quite sure what the takeaway of this "rant" was supposed to be. So far, I got, "Someone your teacher thinks is good practices things over and over again. One of the reasons this person is leaving Japan is because Hatsumi-sensei can be a dominating presence. This...
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    Budo Taijutsu Video Clips I came across!

    Japanese Shihan selling their footage? Sorry if I don't believe you.... You are speaking about foreign "Shihan", correct? -ben
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    Budo Taijutsu Video Clips I came across!

    Because you need to have *PERMISSION* to post it publicly for the world to consume. I guarantee you that this individual *NEVER* received permission from Noguchi-sensei to plaster this lesson all over the world. The problem is that when people do not ask, and it gets back to the Shihan that...
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    A thought...

    Conflict is a good thing. It means that people believe in something. -ben
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    Oath of the Shinobi no Mono

    I came across this historical oath recently, and was so astonished by it, that I thought I should share it with the Ninjutsu community. I have removed some of the more conspicuous language that would identify the source of the oath, but have kept the essence of the wording intact. For the...
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    The rant thread

    So this isn't a "martialtalk.com" specific rant, and more of what you've seen elsewhere? -ben
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    The rant thread

    What are the "online choir boys" and how do they relate to these three 15th dans? -ben
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    The rant thread

    That's a good list, Norm. Don't forget Andrew Macdonald, Greg Alcorn, and Anthony Brien though.... All have several years in Japan as well. Duncan Mitchell, I believe, is currently living in Japan again, so when he gets back, he's another option, imo.... All in all, there are quite a few...
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    Bujinkan Interactive Koto Ryu Kyusho Vital Points Chart!

    Thanks for posting that, Brian. It is important to remember that not everyone's "kyusho" will be located in the same place. This is why Soke has admonished us to forget the charts and learn to "make our own kyusho" on our opponent. :mst: -ben
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    I agree. :) -ben
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    I certainly hope this is not what Shawn was suggesting when he stated, "This to me looks like a purchase order for a product (Only in this case there was no 'purchase') rather than a request for a favour from someone you've never met." If the standard of whether one "knows someone" is whether...
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    I understand Kreth's argument, but the fact is that *THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PUBLICLY AVAILABLE*. As Brian said: So long as Soke says that is the rule, it is up to "people in the know" to provide this information to those they deem appropriate to receive the information. Sorry if that...
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    Kihon Happo Video Clip!

    Please be cognizant that not everything you see is *THE* correct way of doing things. There are many ways of doing even Omote Gyaku, the first technique on the video. When I learned it, for example, the arm never swept back then forward to create momentum like that. We also used our knees (by...
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    Yes, but that is because with that individual's personality, fire would breed more fire. Extinguishing the fire by cutting off the air was a more appropriate way to handle that keg of gun powder. If that is so true, then why did one of the Shihan physically impede entry of someone into Hombu...
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    In other words, we've bred a culture of wimps and ostriches.... -ben
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    I did not say that one should be "speaking for Hatsumi" in these situations. I *DO* feel that as seniors in the dojo we have an *OBLIGATION* to right wrongs within the dojo our of respect to Soke, though. Soke cannot and will not take responsibility for everyone, but if someone is disrespecting...
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    Training in Japan, a few tips!

    As someone who has been there, I also think that Soke expects those training with him to have the balls enough to tell people to *LEAVE* if they are drunk, idiotic, and so on. I think it is the responsibility of the dojo members to care for the sanctity of the dojo and the safety of others. If...
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    The rant thread

    I've seen it happen by accident to Hatsumi-sensei. He still flattened the idiot, then made him get up and do it correctly this time. :) "Accidents" such as punching with the wrong hand as the kata, kicking by mistake, coming in *WAY* too fast, are good for you--not in the sense of learning...
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    Ninjutsu vs BJJ

    This is what I referred to as "self-selection," wherein an individual *CHOOSES* a given action from a set of actions. I agree that if the military had interviewed Korean cammandos, most of them would say that the fight included kicking. LOL! People will do as they are trained!!! Huh? No, you...
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    Ninjutsu vs BJJ

    So what exactly do you want us to write? Precise locations that we would strike on our opponent's body when they came in for a takedown and we sprawled? Silly.... Or how about: When he comes in to do a takedown, I control the distance and then knee him in the face. Is that what you want us to...
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    Ninjutsu vs BJJ

    Pure hogwash. Please provide a source of information that is not characterized by selection bias (see below). What would be even better is if individuals posting statistics actually understood what "selection bias" is.... There is a best-selling business book entitled, "From Good to Great"...
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    had my first Bujinkan class tonight!!!!

    Please do not even consider doing so at any point *DURING* class. If you need to make a few notes at the end of class, that is fine. But to think of writing anything down while the instructor is teaching is outright rude. There is going to be way too much for you to write down anyways. At this...
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    Street fight against a jabber/boxer

    Kage-Ronin, you are joining a conversation that has been going on for a few weeks now. The answer is "yes" but please go and read these other threads on "Realistic Training" and "Seeing the Light" (since moved to the MMA part of the board) before you jump in. If you are off balance when you...
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    Street fight against a jabber/boxer

    I distinctly remember someone in another thread reminding practitioners to understand why we leave our hands out after we punch in the Bujinkan, and why we should learn to generate knock down power from that position.... :mst: The idea of practicing this was called "absurd", "dangerous" and a...
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