Eyes To See

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

One of my seniors who is very talented and dangerous described Koto Ryu as being hit by fire, Gyoko Ryu as being surrounded by smoke and mist confused then stumbling into the fire and Togakure Ryu as having no idea there is a fire, everything is going your way then realizing you were in a fire and no idea how you got there.

To me it is an enlightening way of looking at the Ryu ha, it describes the feeling of the particular school as it is felt by the one on the receiving end of the kata or the confrontation. Frequently when learning a kata or a drill we are trying to figure out how the person doing it is moving, what their steps are, where their arms are, what strikes they are using… We fixate our attention on what they are doing not on what is happening to the uke or between the two people.

The kata or drill is not a dance of one but two and the partner is the focal point of this dance. What is their intent? What is their agenda? When does the uke’s intent and agenda...

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The Moment Is Gone

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2021

This morning we had a fantastic class on finding power and using it. I don’t say that about us. The art of ninjutsu is magic and while sharing it with others, the comments, questions and feedback from the lesson are what makes for a great class.

The discussion, training and learning that evolves from both sides of the equation, teachers and students, is what moves all of us to a greater understanding of the art and forward in our capabilities. We expand our awareness of our thoughts, words and actions allowing us to move even closer to happier and safer lives.

So after the lesson this morning we had another lesson in awareness. We didn’t record the class.

Hopefully our awareness will be greater this evening so we remember to record and share it with you. There is always room for improving awareness for all of us.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Ninja Mom

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2021

Today we learned we lost Ninja Mom, Nancy Brazee. For those of you that knew her she was a ball of positive energy. She was ready with a smile and hug whenever she greeted you. She will be dearly missed.

She taught Tai Chi at the dojo and started studying ninpo to see what it was about. She enjoyed the art and decided to continue her training in it. She matched the color of her training slippers to the belt colors as she travelled through the ranks. At seventy she earned her black belt with flourish and lots of laughter. The entire school celebrated her achievement.

At just under five feet watching her toss people around in the dojo was not only incredibly impressive and inspiring it was hilarious. She was every student's cheerleader urging them on saying if I can do this so can you!

We will miss you Ninja Mom!

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The Next Phase of Shinobi Science

Uncategorized Apr 18, 2021

Shinobi Science is NOT another ninjutsu curriculum. We do not claim to have all the answers. We are and will continue to be students of ninjutsu. Shinobi Science is our system of learning that combines modern scientific knowledge with the battlefield tested concepts of the historical ninja to give you a process to discover and internalize the principles of safety and happiness in our art that are appropriate for your life.

Our martial tradition is vast and can take decades just to see it all. It utilizes ninpo taijutsu, a unique way of using gravity to move and create power. And within the kata models of our nine family traditions are hidden treasures of knowledge, specific principles of how ninpo taijutsu was used by each tradition to survive the dangers of their time and place.

In order to assist our students both locally and globally we created the Shinobi Science System to be a training portal where they could follow scientific experiments and training sessions to better...

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Class And Covid Update

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2021

The mandatory mask mandate ended yesterday for the state of New Hampshire. It is the first state in New England to end the mask mandate. The governor stated that does not prohibit local municipalities or private businesses from implementing their own mask requirements. 

Today was the first class we had indoors at the dojo. This had nothing to do with the end of the mask mandate. It was rather a spur of the moment decision. The weather reports yesterday and this morning said the rain would be over by the time class started. That did not happen. Most would describe this morning as rainy, dreary and cold. 

So we thought do we stay outside in the rain, move to the outdoor location that had some cover or go inside. We considered the information we had. Everyone except one or two people had at least one shot, some had two. Since we had planned to be outside we could open the back door and windows getting air circulation and not freeze. We also have an air filter that we can...

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Snow Day

Uncategorized Apr 16, 2021

It’s snowing! It’s not just a light snowfall but a heavy, wet and sticky snow. It’s the type of snow great for snowballs and snow sculptures. It’s coming down so fast that as I was loading the car I had to clean it off three times before leaving.

Spring has settled in, flowers and trees blossoming, and even a few seventy degree days. Yet winter decided to throw one last powerful snowball at us. As I woke to this I was not surprised or disappointed, I was happy. Carpe Diem is usually translated as seize the day, it can also be translated as pluck the day or enjoy the moment.

Our ninja mind sciences teach us to be aware of our thoughts, words and actions. So instead of being disappointed with what was happening, I decided to enjoy it. In Norway there’s a saying, there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. Instead of letting the weather, the newscasters lamenting the setback of spring, or others complaining about the snow dictate my mindset I decided to...

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Intent Manifested

Uncategorized Apr 15, 2021

This morning's class we applied Water Chi Kung ideas to the San Shin no Kata. As Dennis explained how to use the dissolving of tension and physical blockages of our own movement to do this, I was practicing off to the side.

I was first introduced to San Shin no Kata over 20 years ago; it was one of the first things I “learned.” I have practiced it many times over the years and have learned many things doing so. I have also practiced the Water Chi Kung and used their methodology for doing so.

Today applying the Water Chi Kung ideas to San Shin no Kata I made a discovery. I kept my intent and focus on a spot in front of me as if there was an opponent there. Then I released the tension in my body allowing it to move in gravity to the next shape, my arms and legs flowed naturally to the correct shapes without me thinking about alignment, cover, distance, timing… it just happened.

The dissolving of tension into gravity with focus on an imaginary opponent did the...

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It's All About Access

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2021

Today Google is honoring Johannes Gutenberg the inventor of moveable type print press. His invention ushered in a new age of learning and communication across the world. Books could be produced in mass and made available to more than just the financial and cultural elite, which altered society permanently.

The printing press is considered the most important invention of the second millennium. It was a system that produced books that was economically affordable for both the printer and the reader. This meant that history, culture, ideas and current events could be recorded and shared across borders and continents.

The internet is allowing Shinobi Science to do the same. We take ideas and current understanding from different scientific disciplines to explain our martial art. Then use technology to make the courses, lessons and training easy to access through multiple venues, online and in person. This allows you to explore and expand your knowledge of ninjutsu.

We look forward to...

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Shinobi Covid Update

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2021

Dennis and I got our second shot today. A HUGE Thank You to the men and women of the National Guard and the New Hampshire Fire and Rescue Departments. They have a smooth efficient system for vaccination.

Two weeks from today we will be considered fully vaccinated. We will be figuring out in the next couple of weeks the procedure for opening to classes inside the dojo. 

If you are getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine two weeks after your second shot you are considered fully vaccinated. If you got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (before it was taken off the market ) it is five weeks after the shot that you are considered fully vaccinated. 

We look forward to seeing you at the dojo soon.

T

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More Than A Hobby

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2021

I have met some of the funniest, crazy, talented and dangerous people while learning and studying the art of ninpo. These people are my training partners, friends and teachers. We help each other train online, in the dojo, or outside. Training to us is not just something you do during class, it becomes part of who you are. We incorporate it into all aspects of our life. 

Those of you that read our posts know how much this art means to us. You understand how this art enriches our lives. Each moment of training, be it our thoughts, words or actions is a potential moment of greater understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. It is a moment to connect to a greater understanding of how to live safer and happier.

We look forward to training with you.

T

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