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Katana, Tachi, and Ken
Many people mistakenly thing that the sword the Japanese Samurai used in combat was the Katana. The Katana is actually the youngest of the three main swords used in Japan and gained its popularity during the Edo period, aka, the approx. 300 years of peace. ...
Katana, Tachi, and Ken
Katana, Tachi, and Ken
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Lose One's "Dialect" in Training
In Tetsuzan, Hatsumi Soke says that a martial artist must learn to lose the "dialect" of training in a particular martial art, much like a TV announcer must lose any dialect in order to be successful at reaching a wider audience. In this case, a "dialect" i...
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Flexibility...
...is vital. So many focus on strength and ignore the vital importance of flexibility. Out 33rd Soke of the Togakure Ryu, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, had extremely powerful legs, and was the last living combat ninja. He viewed flexibility of the legs being most i...
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Flexibility...
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Be a Good Student
No matter what style of martial art you decide to go after, be a good student. Part of being a good student is finding a good teacher. If you can't find a good teacher in the style you want to learn, you need to ask yourself if it is really worth training i...
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I wanted to let everyone know about a free Japanese art showing I am holding this week at our dojo. I have a collection of art from Japan painted by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Soke, the head of our martial art and the last living grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu Ni...
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Koryu Arts
In Koryu arts, any ancient martial art from Japan that pre-dates the Meiji restoration in Japan in 1868, the training is done a bit differently than in the Gendai systems, or modern schools of marital art and sport fighting. Don Roley wrote a great blog pos...
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Whoever fights monsters...
There is a famouse quote, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it  that in the process he does not become a monster . And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche One of Hatsumi Soke's well known quo...
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Article Link: New Millennium Ninja
A Bujinkan Shidoshi named Sean Askew once interviewed Hatsumi Soke for the Tokyo Journal. The interview is really cool, and covers a lot of things. Read it by clicking on the link: Click Here
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How is your Kihon?
In the book Tetsuzan, Nagato Sensei is talking with Hatsumi Soke and he comments that after his last trip to the US (this conversation took place nearly three decades ago at the time of this posting) he felt those studying the art in the US did not know our...
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Kamae are not Bonsai
Japanese Bonsai Tree I often get asked by new students or potential students, "How does this art compare with (Karate, Aikido, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujutsu)." This can be a difficult question to answer because they obviously have an idea of what martial arts sh...
Kamae are not Bonsai
Kamae are not Bonsai
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