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Sep 23 2011

Wow what a trip so far

Published by under Other Stuff,Sight Seeing

I have been to 43 classes so far and have 8 to go.  It has been so long since I have been hear and a lot has changed.  I can only liken the atmosphere around here as a bit tired.  There have been several minor earthquakes and two typhoons since I have arrived 3 and a half weeks ago.  You can tell how much the big earthquake has weighed on this country and how much recovery remains to be done.

This is different from any other Japan trip I have been on as I am looking forward to getting back to Canada.  I will see if I have time to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree before I leave but I think that I may just forego any sight seeing and just stick to training and then Canada bound.

I hope I can work another shutdown and make it back here for Daikomyosai after the Lubos seminar.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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Aug 02 2010

One Small step at a time

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When I have felt in the past that I was stuck in my training, I often chose one thing to work on.  It could have been my trailing leg during my rolls, making sure that my knee followed the line of my tsuki, or keeping my shoulders rolled back.  Anything is OK, just making sure that you have something that you can improve and observe that improvement.

Make sure that as you train you keep something in mind.  It is easy to get discouraged in this art, if you have something to measure progress it will help you get through it.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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Jun 07 2010

Away for a few days

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I am once again away for a few days for work.  There is much to learn from those who have recently returned from Japan.  Enjoy the chance to get this training.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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Aug 29 2009

Abandoning the other arts

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

As those who train with me know, I have over the course of my short time in the martial arts tried many different styles.  Karate, Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu and Chen style tai chi to name a few.  There are even more that I have seen and not had a chance to try.  Unfortunately I have abandoned the other arts.

The Bujinkan consist of 9 schools and hundreds of of kata with ten’s of thousands of variations.  There is enough information to spend 9 lifetimes studying.  There is a depth of feeling and skill which I have yet to see reproduced in any other martial art, by any other martial artist besides Hatsumi Sensei.  There is a breadth of knowledge which has literally saved the life of students and myself.

When my life was on the line, it was saved by this Budo, as long as I have permission I will dedicate my martial arts training to the art of Hatsumi Sensei and his standard bearers.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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Jun 21 2009

Seeing the bigger picture

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As Budo-ka we have a responsibility to those around us.  We hold ourselves (or should) and are held to a higher standard because of our training.  In our art this goes beyond punches and kicks.  In budo we study the relationship between ourselves and others.  At the start that is our opponent, and we move out from there.  I would like to take a bit of time to recognize Jon and the work he did in raising money for a Cancer walk/run that was held yesterday.  It is actions like these which make an impact on those around us.  Acts of selflessness benefit our global community and that is the kind of attitude that I feel Hatsumi Sensei is trying to generate between all of us who train in his art.

Your life is on the line, train well.

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Apr 13 2009

Saving Lives

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

That’s what we are about in the Edmonton Bujinkan Crowd.  I will just make short mention of it because I am waiting for a first hand full detailed account.  That said one of the dojo’s members was nearly crushed by a falling pipe (industrial sized) but used ukemi (a dive roll specifically) to get to safety.

This is why ukemi is important, I am a firm beliver that if you learn it well it will help you more often than the combative techniques.  Don’t disregard ukemi.  Your life is on the line, train well.

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Apr 01 2009

Required Viewing/Reading

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

I have often been told I am a difficult person to understand.  A friend of mine (Cliff) seems to have the best explanation.  I pack to many references in what I say.  If you don’t have a similar background in Education or interests you will not get a lot of what I say.  So I decided to make up a list of clips that will help you in class if you are having trouble understanding a few of my quotes.  You don’t have to like the same stuff, you don’t even have to watch it, (the required part was a joke) it will just help you understand a bit better.

1.  Venture Brothers – the guys in Calgary got me on this one.

2.  The Young Turks – when you hear me say “Weak Sauce” or “B-E-A-T, beat.” this is where it comes from.  (Warning some clips are left wing politics heavy for you conservatives reading.)

3.  Family guy – Self evident I think.

4.  Metalocalypse – because Budo is metal, and Toki is the man.

5.  Hamlet, Othello and Much Ado about Nothing – Cause I liked those ones.

6.  Bruce Lee Movies – Cause we are a martial arts class.

7.  Mas Oyama Trilogy – Cause Sonny Chiba is the man.

8.  The Strongest Karate – Cause I used to take Karate, and back in the day Karate was bad ass.  (Can you spot the Bill Atkins look alike?)

9.  Histories Strongest Disciple Kenichi – Some people who write about martial arts research concepts.  This is the best researched martial arts series I have ever seen.

10.  Japan Stories – This is from the shihan and other Japan residents.  I reference teachers movements and mannerisms as best I can.  You have to go to Japan to get who I am impersonating that day.

Oh I guess I better add some science fiction, Lenny Henry and other British Comedy (I think we should return to the gold standard).

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Mar 24 2009

Making the purchase of knives illegal in Edmonton

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The Mayor and some of city council of Edmonton came up with a great idea.  To reduce knife violence we should ban the sale of knives in the city.

I will have to comment on some problems with this.

1.  The knives are already here.

People in Edmonton have knives.  If someone wants to get a poket knife they can get one.

2.  Kitchen knives are sharp.  So are box cutters.

People will just start using other blades in their stead.

3.  Edmonton is not an island nation.

Leduc, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain… you will still be able to get knives from any of these places, how will they stop the sale of knives?  Demanding proof of address at time of purchase in those cities as well?

I understand that there is a problem with violent crimes in Edmonton right now, but there must be better solutions to this problem than trying to ban the sale of knives.  I mean that’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard.  I am glad to see that our politicians are not above stupidity, I was starting to feel inferior to US politics (a la intertubes).

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Feb 19 2009

Muggings on the rise in Edmonton

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

Personal thefts are up as high as 31 percent this year.

First off let me be clear I have no idea of what that stat means.  As high as 31 percent?  What are we breaking it down into regions.

Aside from that I would like to say that I do not teach the idea of safety enough.  It’s one thing to learn how to fight, another thing entirely to avoid danger in the first place.  Not wearing headsets in isolated places.  Not keeping lots of money or valuables in site.  Being aware of what’s going on around you.  Things like that, simple things which make you a harder target.

I think I will have to start teaching classes about avoiding danger, not just kicking ass and taking names.

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Jan 22 2009


Published by under Other Stuff,Seminars

To all of my seniors in the Bujinkan from whom I have received so much, Shinnen omedetou gozaimasu.  Please take care of me again this coming year as it is quite obvious that I need some Budo help.

Now that I feel I have given enough time for those who read this blog to remember Brad and reflect on his words I will continue on a regular Japanton schedule.  I do not know when Japanton round 8 will be yet.  First I have to get ready for the Canadian Tai Kai which I recommend everyone who is able attend.

That’s all for now.

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