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  1. The Reality of Weapons

    Can we really use "unarmed" techniques in self defense?
    My Bujinkan teachers in Japan always stress that this art was built around the reality of weapons. We use them, we train to go against them and even though we do unarmed stuff most of the time, there is always a connection with weapons. This art was not meant to be used at a tournament. And in Japan, a entire class openly carried twin swords.

    I have been thinking of something for a long time and kind of want to throw ...
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  2. Patchy Bujinkan (Or, Confessions of a Japanese Elitist

    As we all should know, contact with Japan and Hatsumi is important for Bujinkan members. This has been said often enough. Students who don't come are not considered real students anymore. We all are clear on that, right?

    Well, I think that a lot of people mistake the reason they need to keep in touch with Japan.

    Quiet simply put, the first time you see something like a kata, you don't get all the points. Anyone who has taught knows that you need to get people so that ...
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  3. You Can't Learn Bujinkan From Home Video Courses

    Some things come up so often on internet forums that it gets tiring answering them. This blog is meant to be used in the future when someone else comes up with something that has been dealt with before.

    If you have been told to read this it means that you are asking about a home study course that will allow you, a beginner, to learn Bujinkan "ninjutsu" from video instead of a going to a real school.

    The responses you are getting are probably that it can't be done and ...
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  4. Recognizing Signs of Fraud in the Martial Arts

    Recognizing fraud in the martial arts

    People have suggested that I should write something about how to recognize and deal with martial arts frauds. Living in Japan I have a better understanding of its martial arts and history and in the past I have helped poke holes in the stories of many frauds.

    It is actually rather sad that I have to write this. I went onto the internet to get information about martial arts. I did find some online journals, web sites and other resources ...
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  5. The Myth of the Straight Bladed Ninja Sword

    The reason I write and post things on blogs such as this is to try to end the confusion that often surrounds ninjutsu. Past things I have put up on the internet about the Koga ryu, the Godai and such help folks to correct mistaken impressions, and there are a lot of them in the art of ninjutsu.
    One of the most pervasive ones is the idea that the ninja used a straight bladed sword because they could not afford to make ones like those used by the samurai. This mistaken impression is one of ...
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