Don Roley said:Why don't you go ask him yourself?
And after all that he went through, why does it seem that when Takamatsu taught Hatsumi there wasn't that much sparring as far as I can tell? And the times I can remember stories close to sparring from Takamatsu's life they don't sound like part of training, but rather challenge matches. In one of them, Takamatsu lost his hearing in one ear. If you count that as sparring, then I don't think that many people who claim to do sparring match his standards. Unless you engage in sparring where someone can be permenently maimed, you are just LARPing it I guess.
Hatsumi used to do a few things very differently. I have had conversations with one of his students that was there from the beggining and he said that a lot of stuff was taken from his judo days and things got better after he got sick and could not rely on strength anymore.
I have heard from another Japanese who said that in the early days Hatsumi had sparring, but dropped it when some of the foriegn students started developing bad habits. The people who used to train with sparring used to only be those who had perfect taijutsu and they did so under the eyes of Hatsumi. Those from overseas started developing habits more suited to winning in the ring than on the street.
FYI, there is a bit of stress training and dealing with ukes that seek to counter me in my dojo in Japan. But there is no competition, there is no taking note of who "wins" in a drill.
Instead of joining up here and heading straight to the ninja forums to tell us how our training sucks, maybe you should have done some more research into the way training is done- like maybe set foot in a real dojo.
You might find that there are more ways up the mountain than you thought and it is only your limited experience that makes you think what you do.
Thanks for the insight. I think people are misunderstanding what I am saying, but that is okay I guess. LARPing it is running around in Tabi claiming to be too deadly to even engage in friendly sparring proving your skills and your techniques work without pulling a knife or throwing sand. If your defense is I wouldn't limit myself in a fight - take away your hidden knives and sand eggs you are nothing, I hope that is not what you are saying. Can't you have friendly nonkilling techniques to just test how well your taijutsu is? Maybe not.
How did the Japanese students get perfect Taijutsu? So Hatsumi watered down the fighting so people from overseas would understand. How can we ever hope to catch up going half the speed? I'm getting a lot of flak for not being a practioner, but I know of a 3rd Dan who left the Bujinkan cause he also felt it was going in the wrong direction. He was told by Dale here among others he just didn't understand what the Bujinkan was about. 3rd Dan and still no understanding? He's doing Judo/BJJ now. I will take his word at face value. He had to do Taijutsu for 6 years before he said, "Hey this isn't right!" Waste my time no thank you. I want to stop in and check out a Bujinkan dojo like hell, I can't they are too far away from where I live. I was suppose to get a job in the cities and was going to inroll at the Bujinkan Dojo there but the job fell through. Special thank to the people still being polite dispite the fact I may have angered you, you know who you are.