Archive for December, 2008

Dec 12 2008

Fifth Kyu

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Last night I ranked my second 5th kyu ever.  At our school you do not receive a green belt until you are 5th kyu.   The reason this is done is I want a clear distinction in Skill from a beginner to experienced practitioner.  This does not happen very often in the Bujinkan so you have no idea to whom you should look for guidance.  I will also go on to say that once you reach 5th kyu your training must change.  You are now one of the students whom will be chosen for techniques where there is difficult ukemi or harder hits.

Basically you become a personal Yabu-san.  Anyhow Congratz Marcus on your rank, for us it’s a big one.

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Dec 10 2008

Giri (Obligation)

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I have had some questions recently about why Edmonton is a TenChiJin club.  Well the answer is simple, I don’t want to recreate the wheel.  I think that it is important to have a guideline to follow as we pursue our study of Budo.  I think that the progression which Bill Atkins has his students follow (of which I am one) is effective.  I understand the he has not had the chance to get to Japan as of late and I am alright with that.  The fact of the matter is that I have made it to Japan and because I have not been training in the art for a long time, there is a background of information which I need that he has.

I hold a respect (not reverence) of teachers whom have a history in this martial art.  Many of the new generation get pushed through the ranks without having the same groundwork as the older practitioners.  I am not arrogant enough to think that I am any better than those whom went to the classes and did hours of drills on basics.

I must also note that I should not take as long as they did to reach the same level.  Hopefully I can learn from their mistakes and progress even faster than they did.  The next generation must always out grow the last.  But the only way that we can do that is by learning from the last.  I feel an obligation to learn from their sacrifice.

So that’s it, until he or I decide otherwise, the dojo in Edmonton is a Bujinkan TenChiJin Dojo.

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Dec 01 2008

Becoming a master

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Hatsumi Sensei said that we must train to become masters.  I have a question, what is a master?  What makes a master?  How do you know when you have reached that level?

Hatsumi Sensei was saying that to become a Shisho (master) you will have to move beyond techniques.  Then again he has been saying this as far as I know since 1989.  So what can we do to reach this point?  Is there something more than just getting beyond doing techniques?

I have always wondered if I had a chance to ask Hatsumi Sensei anything, what would it be.  Well I now know what I would ask, what makes a master.

Who knows maybe one day I will get the chance.

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