- Feb 18, 2008
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- Melbourne, Australia
Your posts are of a consistently high quality. However, while you speak as if these comments are fact, I would propose that there's a fair bit of opinion in there as well. As a Bujinkan member who has been traveling to Japan frequently (and having an instructor who lived in Japan during a period in the 90s), I'll have to say that, from my background, I've had a distinctly different experience than your statements. (And, I've never heard the phrase 'Happy Heart' before .)
Where do you develop these opinions? Do you train regularly with Bujinkan instructors in Japan or abroad?
I guess I'm just asking that you include more 'In my opinion' caveats as your writing style can come off as if you're reading 'settled history' and may also especially read that way to inexperienced people.
As I said, you have consistently high quality posts, so please don't take this with any negativity - it's not meant in that manner.
No, I didn't read any negativity there at all, no worries on that one. Actually, I'm flattered that you speak so highly of my usual humble offerings. So before anything else, thanks!
When it comes to that particular piece, yes, it is a fair bit of opinion, primarily on the reasons the changes occured. It's based on conversations with a number of people who were there "back in the day" as it were, as well as observations of my own and others. I try to always take as many versions of a story as I can, and then come to my own conclusions rather than simply taking anything at face value. That said, this is the picture that I have put together over the last 17 years+, so any blame for inacurracies should lie with me, regardless of source.
Personally, I always thought that one of the strengths of the Bujinkan was it's variety, so for another to have a different experience to mine (and those I spoke to all had different experiences to each other as well, the quoted section is really a conglomerate of a range of experiences) is really almost to be expected. And, as JKS said, if more share their experiences then a more complete picture can come out. But that's just my opinion, you understand...