Thanks Giving

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2020

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States and we would like to talk about giving thanks. First thanks to all of our Shinobi Martial Arts members who have supported us in our transition to Shinobi Science during this unprecedented year. We are still here because of all of you. Thank you!

Thanks also to our new Shinobi Science Online Community members for taking a chance on a new way of training in the martial arts. You are the beginning of a growing community of practitioners taking responsibility and control of their martial arts training with science and technology. Thank you and welcome.

At Shinobi Science we know that giving thanks is more than just something nice to do. It affects your brain and can be used as a tool to control your mind when you’re feeling negative. The ninja practice of being aware of your thoughts, words and actions combined with the scientific understanding of your mind’s negativity bias and the use of gratitude, giving thanks, can help you...

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Changes

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2020

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I have heard many people and friends lament about how difficult and different this year will be as if it is always the same. Thanksgiving has and other holidays have always changed and been different from the time I was a child to now. Growing up in Maine there were years we drove out of state and celebrated with another family. There were thanksgivings with other families in town and students or others who didn’t have a place to go. As I became an adult, went to college, moved, worked and had children Thanksgivings changed.  

My thanksgivings now have morphed so much that our tradition became having a pie brunch with several different pies, galettes, ice cream, whipped cream, tea and coffee.  It is delicious!! This year has changed too. I will not be having a pie brunch with family but getting together with a friend. Thanksgiving for me has changed a lot over the years but I have always made the best of it.

It is the same as what we...

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The Hidden Kunoichi

Uncategorized Nov 24, 2020

Kunoichi is the term for a female ninjutsu practitioner. It is also the name of a way of fighting which originated from the parameters of the traditional clothing and shoes the women wore. The kimono and geta would hinder certain movements so their stance and taijutsu movement had to adapt. It still used the same principles of gravity and body structure alignment, however the shape and movements became smaller.

The kunichi style is deceptively strong and can be extremely vicious. A few common tools were nails, hair pins and fans. These weapons could be hidden and used to strike without anyone seeing or perceiving them. They could also be used in a raking, stabbing or a hooking fashion. Kunoichi is a very versatile style.

There is a misconception that the kamae and movement of the kunoichi is for women only. 

This fighting system is designed for anyone at a size disadvantage and is excellent for close in fighting within arms length. Its principles can also be used, regardless of...

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Keep Going

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2020

On a recent science podcast they were talking about the effects on the brain of long term anxiety, specifically with the current pandemic. One of the things that happens is people experiencing this anxiety can get a tunnel vision perspective of what’s going on. The brain creates the perception that this is the way it is and this is the way it will continue.

When this illusionary perspective takes over people tend to think they have no options, they are unable to see the bigger picture. There are always options because there is always change. Everything in nature is changing.

The kanji for nin in ninja can be translated as perseverance, to keep going. It is part of the ninja mind sciences to understand that there is alway change and if we keep going that change will bring opportunities for us to change our situation.

To change our situation we must take appropriate action for the moment. These actions are preceded by the words we repeat to ourselves, which come from the...

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Always More

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2020

Yesterday on a beautiful sunny day in the park we were training bofuri. Which is our bo staff spinning system for cover.  We warmed up then Dennis started us on a bofuri drill combining the principles and movement we have been training on the last couple of weeks. I started working on the drill. After about 10 to 15 minutes ,I thought this was a bit boring. I already know this.  Whoa what was I thinking?? The minute I think that, I have stopped myself from learning anything new about this and taking my knowledge and training further.   

My teachers both Dennis and Mark Davis, tell us they never think they have mastered or learned all there is of a skill or technique because then they stop learning.  If you do that all the future lessons and nuances you could learn disappear. Any chance of furthering your knowledge is over. You are now stopped in a cul de sac of your own making,  At that point the only way you can start to train again and continue...

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Understanding One

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2020

Over the last few weeks here at Shinobi Science we have looked at bofuri, our staff spinning system for cover, ura gyaku, an inward wrist lock, and kunoichi, female ninja, body alignment and movement. So today at our Saturday outdoor training we had a question about each. 

One person had asked about bofuri rotating forward instead of backward. A couple had asked about the rotational shape motion from our kunoichi training. And another was asking about the shape experiments we were doing to have the ura gyaku emerge from off balancing the attacker instead of trying to put the lock on.

 

What is so powerful about ninpo taijutsu and the Shinobi Science Formula we use to describe it is that they apply to all situations allowing me to answer all three questions with one drill. The kunoichi body movement was used to power the forward rolling bofuri and using one of the ura gyaku shapes as the transition from side to side.

 

This combination of concepts is possible because...

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No Separation

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2020

“When properly applied, the kamae reflects the ninja's heart. This means that our physical nature conforms to our intentions, and there is no division between our interior and exterior aspects. This state of integrated mind and body action is totally natural, and can be observed readily in the movements of animals as they interact with their environment. Only human beings seem to develop the need to be trained in natural body motion.” -Masaaki Hatsumi

Many martial arts have training for the mind in addition to their physical training. However very often these are seen as separate subjects. The mind and its ability to focus and think are seen as one aspect, while training the physical body in techniques and katas are seen as another aspect. 

People often say the mind and the body as if they are separate but they are one and the same. I studied morphogenesis in college. It taught that every human starts from a group of cells that then differentiate into other groups...

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Gravity Locks

Uncategorized Nov 19, 2020

Today we finished with the science of Ura Gyaku basics. Even though I have trained in this art of ninpo taijutsu for quite awhile, wrist locks can still be tricky for me. Sometimes it happens easily, sometimes not so much. When I studied in other arts and tried to do a wrist lock it failed most of the time. The answer I was given to solve this problem was to do it faster, stronger, have a more precise grip or tighter grip. None of which worked especially against a larger stronger man. Which was the situation 99% of the time. 

What was amazing for me while looking at this lock from a scientific perspective was the precise concepts of movement in gravity which created specific off balanced shapes that made the lock emerge versus me trying to put it on. 

As Dennis grabbed I created a shape needed to start to off balance him. This moved his hand in a way that it was now available for me to get to the grip I needed. With the grip in place I then moved in gravity creating a...

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2020 Thoughts

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2020

2020 what a crazy unpredictable year. The future seems uncertain, it’s as if we are looking through a shifting haze of smoke, catching glimpses of shapes ahead and as we move not being able see or perceive the terrain. But we know we have to keep moving forward and we can’t stay where we are.  

People are stressed, fearful, angry, depressed and scared. They keep saying they just want things to go back to normal like they were before. News flash, it's never going to go back to how it was. The one thing that is certain is that there will be change.There always is. 

The ninja knew that things could change at any point. The art evolved from times of great stress, during battles and conflicts. It arose from families and villages trying to survive during these periods. The art of ninjutsu was not about conquering but about surviving, going on to live and be happy.  

How did the ninja do that? They not only trained and had ways to protect themselves...

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A Recipe for Success

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2020

I love to bake. Breads, cookies, dessert bars, pies and this time of year I start to think ahead to my holiday baking.  I usually try to bake something new but there are few recipes that have become holiday standards for me to give to friends and family. One of these favored gift recipes is a Finnish sweet yeast bread called Pulla.  

Pulla is a very versatile bread that can be shaped into many different forms. I usually braid it into loaves or sometimes I will roll it into small individual pieces. It can be formed into different shapes, rings, loaves, knots.... It can also be used to make cinnamon rolls, sticky buns or monkey bread.  You can spread or dip the dough into butter, maple syrup, honey.  You can add cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, crushed nuts, coconut, cocoa powder, chocolate chips.  

As you can see the dough can be used/shaped to create a myriad of delicious delectable treats yet they are all Pulla.  It is like our training. ...

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