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  1. Tripitaka of AA's Avatar
    That was a fascinating read. Russ, you do a great job of detailing the aspects that would be lost to the casual observer.
  2. Webmaster's Avatar
    Awesome Russ! Sounds like a truly great embu! Thank you for posting!
  3. Mekugi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Abbax8
    Thanks Russ. I enjoy learning about other cultures. It' great to have a western reporter who knows what he's talking about.

    Dennis
    Glad you liked it! Certain parts of the culture bleed into everything, just like in the USA, so it's interesting to see contrasts.
  4. Abbax8's Avatar
    Thanks Russ. I enjoy learning about other cultures. It' great to have a western reporter who knows what he's talking about.

    Dennis
  5. Mekugi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripitaka of AA
    Thanks Russ, that was fascinating. I've heard many of the terms without ever bothering to ask what they meant. My wife who was raised in Tokyo, probably half-knows this stuff, but for her it entered the system by osmosis and she often doesn't know that she knows, until I try to talk about it. Some of these events are attended since childhood without ever knowing the origins or symbolism.. a bit like Christmas, Easter or any number of traditional events that we all know but don't always KNOW.
    Glad you liked it. Sometimes things like these slip through the cracks but it makes up an important part of budo culture. While budo itself is not entirely the culture, it is an integral part of it. The new year represents a lot of things in Japan and so it goes for budo!
  6. Tripitaka of AA's Avatar
    Thanks Russ, that was fascinating. I've heard many of the terms without ever bothering to ask what they meant. My wife who was raised in Tokyo, probably half-knows this stuff, but for her it entered the system by osmosis and she often doesn't know that she knows, until I try to talk about it. Some of these events are attended since childhood without ever knowing the origins or symbolism.. a bit like Christmas, Easter or any number of traditional events that we all know but don't always KNOW.
  7. Vagabond's Avatar
    This is a great way to approach home training. Something I have just recently been trying approach in a balanced way. I never though about creating an environment though. Sounds kind of like a personal Dojo, I like it. One thing I have found handy is recording my personal training. Nothing too strenuous, jut a sheet of paper with a list of Kata, Heavy Bag, Speed Bag, Kihon, and Kumite. It helps me to see areas that I may be neglecting.
  8. ludde's Avatar
    I make sure that I place my bokuto back at a rack when I get home from practice. That way it is easy to get hold of and start practicing whatever I feel to. Maybe some correction, something that I started thinking of at practice and so on.
  9. Vagabond's Avatar
    I got it... not that that is a good thing. My dad always said I am not right in the head, which is why most people like me.
  10. Mekugi's Avatar
    Yeah...what the hell was I thinking....meh!
  11. Mekugi's Avatar
    I have to bite my tongue daily at the way a lot of people treat senior citizens. I just don't understand how one can be caddish enough to act rude and push past an old lady or an old man to get a seat on the train. Not everyone does this, but when it happens and I see it, well.... I have actually embarrassed people i have been with by barking at some teen playing his Nintendo/business man who chooses to close his eyes and ignore/ college kid smacking on gum and chatting sits in the senior citizen seats while an old woman who could barely stand holds on to a safety bar for dear life. Heartbreaking.
    I am also known for taking pictures of these jerks in action....I have a collection of them. Strange, but it makes me feel better that I have "photographic evidence" even though I won't do anything with the photos.
    Quote Originally Posted by Madmatt
    Thank you for the kids you helped,there is nothing lower than picking on kids and the elderly.
  12. Mekugi's Avatar
    Unfortunately I wasn't as much a hero as I was very angry. I work with kids and seeing that makes me furious. If two adults want to knock the tar out of each other, I don't look twice, as long as both agree to what they are doing. Kids, well I happen to think they are smart enough to know what is going on, but powerless to do anything about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond
    That is like straight out of a Heroic Novel! I am glad you were so inspired to do the right thing, without any hesitation.
  13. Madmatt's Avatar
    Thank you for the kids you helped,there is nothing lower than picking on kids and the elderly.
  14. Vagabond's Avatar
    That is like straight out of a Heroic Novel! I am glad you were so inspired to do the right thing, without any hesitation.
  15. roblegge's Avatar
    My instructor, Mizuno Sensei was a direct student of So Doshin. From talking to him over many years (30+ now) my understanding is that So Doshin would have treated the man the way he insisted the older child treat the younger.

    On one occasion Mizuno Sensei asked a Kenshi if he ever got angry. On hearing a negative response Mizuno Sensei asked why not? Had he never seen any injustice?
  16. Mekugi's Avatar
    It kind of makes me wonder what all the Budo stuff is about if they cannot even put some of it to use- and I don't mean hurting people.
  17. Webmaster's Avatar
    You did the right thing Russ, but its a bloody shame that none of the locals could not muster the fortitude to intervene. While being confrontational is very un-Japanese like, I see it as a necessity to protect the innocent. You did good and you should feel good about it.
  18. Mekugi's Avatar
    Thanks guys...I am not so sure I did the right thing, but I feel okay about it.
  19. Abbax8's Avatar
    You showed great restraint. I hope I could do as well.
  20. TonyU's Avatar
    Very nice! You obviously know the culture better than I, but I can only surmise is that you earned their respect because you stood up for the kids and in essence family. While the Japanese culture can be confusing and many times irritating I always believed that they are the few remaining cultures that still respect their elders and family structure.
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