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Public Classes / Re: i have a question
« on: May 27, 2007, 05:00:23 AM »
Does one first think about picking up the cup... or think about what the cup contains...

does one think about the picking up the cup and then think abotu telling the body to pick up the cup...

or does one htink of what is in the cup.. and the body simply does it since it is a well practised movement?

such is the aim of many arts - martial and philosophical... to do things without thinking...

but then again many spiritual philosophies aim for the goal of being aware of all thought and thus thinking correctly and intently

Other / Re: The noise
« on: May 26, 2007, 08:31:09 PM »
When starting to learn AP this is a common expereince...

a very loud noise...

this is actually a combination of 2 things

whilst "getting in the mood" to AP.... then your hearing (and other senses) become hyper acute... meaning thatthe smallest sounds will be very loud

examples of such sounds can be - the beating of your heart, the wind through the trees, the sound of the increasing vibration of your etheric body

when attempting AP... it is importantto keep calm - any over reaction pulls you straight back into the physical body - eg: fear, excitement etc

allow such noises not be a will simply go away.. as do the shakes (the actual vibration of the etheric body)
just need to give your self and your senses time to reorient an the new level of awareness associated with AP

Public Classes / Re: i have a question
« on: May 26, 2007, 08:24:18 PM »
Visualisation is simply a tool, a step upon the ladder

Body Energy Arts / Ninjitsu/Kuji-in **(information needed)**
« on: February 21, 2005, 12:51:36 AM »
Oh Tsu - you've gone and gotten yourself banned?!?!!? shock horror
Me attack you - why? Where? You've got plenty of rope all by yourself...
I simply asked what your instructor would think...
It wasn't the reasons behind your disbelief at Kyo's comments about people fighting Hatsumi Soke, only the manner in which you went about it...
Tsu you gave me a website for your instructor - I looked at it and there wasn't much there. I emailed your instructor with no mention of yourself, only asking for information on the background of his school and when he trained as I had a friend from Melbourne asking about ninjutsu schools. Why would I mention you? Like your instructor would know who Tsumaru was anyways?

DawnRodeo - if you have a major issue with the fact that I put a space in your name in the last post I apologise.

Body Energy Arts / Ninjitsu/Kuji-in **(information needed)**
« on: February 18, 2005, 07:07:25 AM »
Academian - I would be interested in your links

Tsu - How would your instructor feel about what you are posting?
Are you actually a member of the Bujinkan as DawnRodeo stated?
From the website link you gave me the site makes no mention of Bujinkan or Hatsumi - only that it is Takamatsu tradition - I would be very interested in the lineage of that link...
oh and as you requested I emailed your teacher - with no response...

Dawn Rodeo - I can understand your disbelief at Kyo's discussion of someone defeating Hatsumi...Ive watched recent video footage of Soke and he still moves amazingly... heck the instructors I train with move amazingly....
and by the way are you going to the Judan Seminar in Sydney in March? Shihan Ed Lomax will be there

Kyo - Id be very interested in seeing video examples of your art... if you are so confident in it then I would be most interested to see its movements

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: January 05, 2005, 05:17:08 PM »
i took no offence at what you wrote at all

i would really be interested in what things you consider hatsumi wrote that are paradoxical - purely from a discussion point of view - not to pick at you about...

i think that much of what is said/written does not translate to english very well and i also think that some (much) of it is purposely obtuse or made to push the barriers of thought/perception

many people say that if your taijutsu is bad then it will be exagerated when you use weapons (both the good and bad bits of your taijutsu) i agree with this but i also think that using weapons (and thus showing your imperfections) can help to  improve your taijutsu
thats why i teach weapns to beginners as well

in fact im going to teach some naginata tech today - being so much longer than your average bo staff it will really show up ones taijutsu

heck its all gotta be personal...i have a student who is a foot taller than me - i am a shorty, and i have a student who is a few stone bigger than me....we all move different ways to make the taijutsu work - and its all correct
ive also noticed that people's emotional/mental state and esteem effectthe way they move and perform taijutsu....

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: January 05, 2005, 03:02:22 PM »
What do you mean that noone quotes what contradicts their feelings?

I dunno, maybe I haven’t read enough (since I am unable to travel to the source in japan)…but I haven’t come across any first hand quotes from hatsumi that I disagree with – some I don’t 100% understand but nothing that I straight out dismiss or ignore

One of my own teachers has been very upfront when I ask him about any of the occult aspects of ninpo/bujinkan – he says there are none – now I know for a fact that his terminology and experience are different to mine – and I have heard him let slip some little gems of wisdom that many would class as occult or hidden aspects…but he is very active in the “train and it will happen” theory – seems to work for him
Me personally – I like to play with occult things – but that’s my history and experience. Maybe I read more into some of the things I see than others – maybe I am completely off the track!

It’s a personal opinion that my training is personal to me – the way I teach is moulded and shaped by my past – my training in other arts such as karate, aikido, hapkido and various kung fu styles I have checked out

I think that if you just go to a dojo to train, and don’t train outside of it then you are limiting yourself – I train most days – and not just physically – I go thru moves and ideas and theories in my head constantly

As to politics – I try to avoid it as the clash of egos rarely results in anything constructive

Body Energy Arts / samurai schools
« on: December 27, 2004, 03:50:40 AM »
ok to start some good texts exist

musashi - book of 5 rings
hagakure - although this was written by late era samurai and is somewhat flawed
writings of takuan soho - a monk of the tokugawa shogunate era - similar era to musashi - taiaki & the unfettered mind
translations of yagyu family scrolls - "the sword and the mind" - hiroaki sato
the art of war - suntzu
modern - bushido - inazo nitobe

now just learning kendo/kenjutsu/iaido will not make one a samurai
many samurai were also buddhist to some degree so some understanding of that would be required

there are many living schools (ryuha) in existence which still teach arts that were taught and have long lineages of samurai - and htey are certainly not only sword schools - in fact a samurai aimed to be a master of many weapons - spear, bow and sword being the most usual

here are some examples - and there are more and variants of each
takagi yoshin ryu
yagyu ryu
muso ryu
shinden fudo ryu
daito ryu

now things such as karate, taekwondo, hapkido, aikido, judo and kendo have descended form these schools - note that the modern arts tend to be -do (-way) whilst the old schools teach -jutsu (-arts)
the Do arts tend to be more spiritual / philosophical in nature
the Jutsu tend to be more realistic

now as was said before, the ideal of samurai was more a way - bushido
now much of that code is irelevant or inappropriate in the modern world however there are aspects which still retain value

ask for more if you wish

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: December 15, 2004, 09:29:26 PM »
at least i can respond to queries

at least one step better than Wikipaediea

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: December 15, 2004, 06:38:03 PM »
Dawn Rodeo,
Sorry I only have experience of bujinkan and so that is what I was commenting on – I apologise for not distinguishing that point.

As to contradicting myself – I stated that Ninpo is not taught “directly” but during the course of training you learn ninpo “indirectly” – there is a difference and I did make the distinction. Without years of indirect exposure and training in ninpo then one would have little or no chance of grasping ninpo in a more conscious setting.

I would like to beg to differ on the point that ninpo can be achieved in ways other than through training in ninjutsu. It is probably semantics but unless you did train in the ways of nin – physical and spiritual then following the ninpo is by definition impossible. I am most sure that similar paths and understandings could be attained and followed but although similar, would not be ninpo. I also think that the ninpo of medieval japan is much different to the ninpo of today. As the jutsu evolves so does the po – although the essence remains the same.

I agree that many high ranking folks have not grasped some of the finer details – but see below – it’s a personal journey with personal obstacles.

I agree with Tsu – martial training is definitely a personal thing – we each approach it differently – not to say one or the other is better or worse – its personal – my way is best for me and yours for you!

I am far from achieving budo of zero and that is why I continue to train – the shut up and train comment was based on the fact that there was bickering over meaning of Japanese words – and resorting to internet sources rather than teachers is rather pointless.
thanks for the genbukan link - i will look itover

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: December 13, 2004, 02:43:40 PM »
Quote from: Tsumaru

Oh, and here's a tidbit of knowledge:
My old Sensei (I trained with him for not quite a full year, and only in one of the classes a week, so I dont know everything about him) is a 9th Dan (or was it 10th?) who apparently trained with Hatsumi (by with, I mean he and Hatsumi were both students under the same person) under another Sensei (I'm not 100% sure whether it was Takamatsu or someone else. I'll have to look into that).

Now you cant go and make a claim like that and not give the name of the fellow you trained or when and where you trained.

I had no idea that any folks of that age where in australia teaching. And due to your age I would love to know when it was, as many teachers wont instruct those under a certain age.

I never stated that what you were learning was crap!

It seems Tsu that you resort to name calling and tantrum throwing when not everyone agrees with you – nice Ninpo!

Martial Arts / Official Ninjutsu Thread
« on: December 12, 2004, 08:28:58 PM »
Wow, ive been away for a bit and look what I missed
Ok time to wade in at least up to my neck…! Grin!

Hatsumi chooses to call it “Bujinkan Budo-Taijutsu’ – if your studying in a bujinkan school then your doing budo taijutsu no matter what you choose to call it personally
Go argue it with Hatsumi sensei…hahahaha

Personally I prefer ninpo taijutsu but that isn’t what Hatsumi or any of his shihan are teaching.

And unless you are training in evasion & escape, infiltration, sabotage & espionage then your not really practicing Ninjutsu anyways – if you are then im sure the Australian government would like badly upon it since it is now considered as an act of terrorists by Australian law.

Oh and unless your training includes horse riding, swimming, explosives and a whole heap of other things then you aren’t being true to ninjutsu heritage either…

So how picky do you want to get Tsu?

The taijutsu means body movement – implied in this (since Japanese is hard to directly translate to English properly) is the ideas of space and awareness and distance – just look at Hatsumi’s DVD’s – they’re not titled Bujinkan or Budo Taijutsu, they are titled “Martial Arts of Distance”. Now this doesn’t just mean physical distance …go think about that bit
Taijutsu is body movement not unarmed techniques – as was said before, you need taijutsu to use weapons properly – if you have bad taijutsu your weapon work will be atrocious
Taijutsu also includes the ability to relax and go with the flow and not be stuck in one space – ive heard Hatsumi tell people to move through space like a butterfly and seen him do so – try it be free and move within your chosen space, see what a difference it makes to your taijutsu

As to ninpo and ninjutsu…
Ninpo is more than the way it is the philosophy and the esoterics and the feeling – again limited by Japanese translation. If you are learning ninpo directly in your dojo then you are very lucky since as far as I know only Hatsumi and maybe some of the higher Shihan actually teach that…and btw just sitting with your eyes closed and saying the words shikin haramitsu daikomyo does not really involve ninpo

Ninjutsu is not just the physical movement – and is very different to just any karate or other purely physical martial art…the concepts behind the ninpo flow into the physical arts and by doing the jutsu side of things we unconsciously begin to embody the ninpo side of things

I have found over the years that a person thoughts and feelings are reflected in the way they move – the way they move also is reflected in the way they think…they are interconnected…as are ninjutsu and ninpo.

To be honest id think it would be better to take info from your instructor – or higher teachers from the bujinkan than put my faith in “wikapeadia” or any other online source

Have you ever heard the quote from Hatsumi “shut up and train”?

Martial Arts / Motion capture
« on: December 02, 2004, 05:38:49 PM »
hey i was thinking of doing this stuff - not for games but for some animation

any idea what softwar / hardware i need?

id be happy to play but im in OZ

Body Energy Arts / Reorganization of Chi & Martial Arts.
« on: October 27, 2004, 03:40:42 PM »
i reckon leave it as it is.
that way we arent limiting ourselves at all

and heck just changing the forum names aint gonna change the threads is it!?!

Body Energy Arts / What style?
« on: October 26, 2004, 10:44:00 PM »
Quote from: Nik Miller
as in used at the same time?  

yes this is what i am referring to

Quote from: Nik Miller
If it was done historically then we know it works and is practical,

i think what you are referring to is the idea that if it survived to modern day then it has withstood the test of time and would be thought to be useful and practical

im not sure if that is 100% accurate though...a lot of styles have survived as they have evolved - not necassarily battle efficient anymore tho...damn id love to see a fruit with foil/epee on a modern battlefield...hehehe

im going from references in ancient irish literature about the simultaneous use of spear and sword...i think it would more likely just be a very difficult thing to do well as opposed to just not practical...since many of the heroes of those past ledgends were said to fight this way

if played with spear and dagger a bit and spear and axe even and seen those combinations used elsewhere as well...but wiht the sword and spear if have just messed about a bit to try and get a feel for it...and was hoping there might be someone to throw ideas around with

I cant imagine it would be that uncommon back in the day since the preferred wepon of the Greeks and Japanese Samurai and most field soldiers was the spear...and many of them also wore swords thus its more than possible that at some stage a few folks would have drawn there swords whilst holding a spear

on another note altogether - since its not been said already - and i would have thought DD would have said this first taking note of his present mood...grin!

"Like you'd look on Veritas for style!!! - where do think you'd find it here? Honestly!"

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