Emotional Energetic Strategies of Defense

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2017

Some people malign the five elemental models we use in To-Shin Do often because they just don’t understand what they are. Almost thirty years ago I was introduced to them as the Go Dai no Kata in one of An-shu Hayes’ early books. Ever since then I have been listening to people say he made them up. (long sigh…)

The elemental models of earth, water, fire, wind, and void (potential) can be found throughout Asian cultures in many different areas of study including the martial arts. Years ago I visited the National Museum of American Indians where I saw an exhibit called Our Universes that had Native American Tribes' representations of the universe. The majority of them had some version of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and their name of the great potential. An-shu Hayes did not make them up.

Now that we’ve got past the childish arguments of the misinformed we need to ask then what did he create? The answer for me is a model of our minds under pressure and how to use...

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October at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Sep 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in September!

Little Ninja students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from shove to the shoulder.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a wrist grab and an Earth Level martial arts defense against a one handed shoulder grab from the front.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Fire Level martial arts defense against a big wind up punch,  a Fire Level martial arts defense from the ground against a standing attacker, a Fire Level martial arts defense against a front kick attack.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a defense to a waist tackle that ends in a choke, a defense against a choke from behind and a wrist fold technique called Take-ori .

Sneaky Ninja Club is looking at some material from Takage-Oshin-Ryu.

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Your Brain On Kata

Uncategorized Sep 11, 2017

Have you ever watched a technique or kata demonstrated and when the teacher says to go try it you stand there and have no idea where to begin? Or you try it and the results are nowhere near what was demonstrated. The problem may be that your brain is tricking you. What you see may not be what was actually demonstrated.

Functional MRIs are providing science with amazing new understanding of how our brains work. The brain has for lack of a better word, filters, that it uses to put things in place in your mind. These filters however can cloud your perception of training.

For instance while you are watching a kata being demonstrated your brain is searching what you know already in order to put the new information it is seeing into context. So your inclination is not to try something new but to use what you already have learned. The first problem with this is that training is about discovering what you don’t know not confirming what you do know.

The next problem is short-term...

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September at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Aug 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in September!

Labor Day! Shinobi Martial Arts will be closed for Labor Day Weekend from Friday September 1st to Monday September 4th. Have a great weekend!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from shoulder grab from behind.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against a  double arm grab from behind and an Earth Level martial arts defense low kicking attack.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts defense against an incoming kick,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a bear hug, and a Water Level martial arts response to a collar grab and a punch ends in a wrist lock called Omote-gyaku.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a Wind Level martial arts response to a choking attack on the ground, a Wind Level martial...

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Shi-kin Hara-mitsu Dai-ko-myo

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2017

What does Shi-kin Hara-mitsu Dai-ko-myo mean? I'd like to share some of my research and thoughts about what this phrase means to me. Conventional wisdom around the Takamatsu-den based organizations loosely translates this as “In every moment is the potential for the enlightenment we seek” or “keep going and you can get it.” The question this brings to mind is “get what?”

There are more poetic translations:
“Sound and light are released from the interaction of the heart and spirit making it possible to advance with Buddha.” The words that stick out in this translation to me are “making it possible”. They make me think that within there is potential, but again, within what?

I have heard An-shu Hayes translate it as: “Everything I encounter could serve as the perfection of wisdom that leads to enlightenment,” or, “Every experience contains the potential for taking me to the awakening I seek.”...

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August at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in August!

Canadian Ninja Camp August 18th-20th. Shinobi MArtial Arts will be closed Friday August 18th to Sunday August 20th for Canadian Ninja Camp. We will be up in Quebec training and teaching!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from a hair grab.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a straight punch and an Earth Level martial arts defense against an arm grab from the side.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts inward rolling defense against an incoming punch,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a one handed shirt grab and turning it into a thumb down wrist lock called Hon Gyaku, and a Water Level martial arts defense against incoming grab pressure.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a...

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Perception Part Three

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2017

The Ever Changing Moment

Have you ever noticed while you are training that sometimes your mind is on what you are doing, your kamae, your movement or which hand you are supposed to be using and at these times you lose track of the attacker and get caught off guard. Then there are other times when you are focused on the steps of the technique and trying to make it work and you find yourself forgetting your kamae and end up using muscular force. You seem to be caught in a paradoxical situation.

If you pay attention to you, you lose focus on the attacker and your goals but if you pay attention to them or the steps of the technique you can lose your perception of you and be out of kamae. Your focus and perception in a fight can usually only handle one thing at a time. So what is the one thing we need to focus on that contains everything but goes by so quick as to feel like nothing at all?

The answer is the moment, now, that has just changed to now and so on. Focus on the moment is the...

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July at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Jun 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in July!

Summer Vacation! Shinobi MArtial Arts will be closed for Summer Vacation from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 9th. Everyone have a great week!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from a hooking punch or slap.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a hook punch and an Earth Level martial arts defense against a two handed choke.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts outward rolling defense against an incoming punch,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a punching attack on the ground, and a Water Level martial arts defense against a side head lock

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a Wind Level martial arts response to a heavy hook punch, a Wind Level martial arts response to...

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Perception Part Two

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2017

Goals

As it says on the back of the book, “DON’T PANIC”. I’m not talking about the things motivational people say like “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement”. When I talk about goals I mean your perception of purpose in our training, from a very broad sense in the meaning of ‘Bu’ all the way down to the purpose for a specific drill in order to learn a skill. This then is our second awareness task, figuring out what we are trying to accomplish, what our goal is.

I had the pleasure of listening to An-shu Rumiko Hayes talk about the meaning of Bu from Budo or Bujutsu. Most people in the west translate these terms as way of the warrior, martial ways, or martial arts. The term, martial, having its origin in the Roman god Mars, who most believe to be the god of war. Mars however represented military power as a way to secure peace.

Like this misunderstanding of Mars there is also a misunderstanding of Bu. The kanji...

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June at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum May 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in June!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from a side headlock.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a collar grab from behind called Yubi-kudaki and an Earth Level martial arts defense one handed shirt grab called Ho-soku.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Fire Level martial arts interception defense against a 2 handed shirt grab,  a Fire Level martial arts rear take down called Osoto-gake, and a Fire Level martial arts defense from the ground against a kneeling attacker.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a defense against a waist tackle called O-gyaku, a wrist folding technique called Take-ori and an inside defense against a straight kick.

Sneaky Ninja Club is looking at some material from Togakure-Ryu.

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