Tomorrow, Thursday July eighth we will be back from vacation and teaching classes. Classes tomorrow will include training in Kunoichi(asymmetrical situation) and weapons. Saturday is grappling which means locks, chokes or throws.
As much as we love being with our biological families we are happy to be back training with our ninpo family. We look forward to seeing you in the dojo or online.
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As July 4th approaches Dennis and I are going to take some time off to spend with our families. I am guessing many of you are doing the same especially considering how few have been in the dojo this week.
We will be back here teaching classes on Thursday July 8th at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm.
Stay Safe and have a Fantabulous Fourth of July!!
T and D
We recently found a great Mexican food truck in Plaistow. It was hands down the best Mexican food I have ever had. SO GOOD!! Everyone who reviewed said just that, best they have ever had. Unfortunately they just closed due to the loss of business and lack of help during the pandemic.
Even with all the talent they had with creating delicious exceptional food they couldn’t keep the business open. We understand exactly what they faced. We have struggled this year and still do. Thankfully to all of you that have been and continue to support Shinobi Science we have been able to stay open and teach classes throughout the entire pandemic.
In case you have missed it we are now open for classes in the dojo. So if you are fully vaccinated please come in and train with us again. Shinobi Science classes are still live on zoom and being recorded and archived for members at Ninja Lab.
We are so Grateful to all of you. Thank you for your continued support of the Shinobi Science community and...
Yesterday I took Moxie to a park on my way home for a walk. There was another person there with 2 large dogs. They were on the other end of the field, not leashed as was Ms. Mox. I didn’t worry as the other person noticed us and was taking their dogs in another direction.
As we walked back towards the car I noticed they were coming towards us. The person was holding the larger dog by it’s harness, which triggered my alert system. I started urging Moxie towards the car at a faster pace. I don’t know if the person let go or lost hold of the dog but it started running at us. I grabbed Moxie trotted( at almost 14 she doesn’t run) to the car, opening the door and getting her in just as the dog got to us. I had the leash ready to use like a kusari fundo if needed. Luckily it wasn’t.
The dog halted, stood stiff for a moment and then started wiggling his body, his big head nudging for a pat. His person was running towards us yelling I’m sorry and...
Last June while out for a walk my dog Moxie was attacked by another dog. It rushed out into the street, grabbed her by the throat and pressed her into the pavement. The dog just kept pressing her into the pavement with it’s jaw locked around her neck. The owners were able to pry their dog off and I took Moxie to the emergency veterinarian, because of course it happened on a Friday night at 7:30pm.
Luckily Moxie survived and I brought her home at midnight with 28 stitches on her neck. It was a traumatic evening. Since then I have practiced using her leash as a kusari fundo and have used it once on another dog as it charged across the street and successfully deterred it from approaching Moxie.
In all the years that I have had Moxie I have not had this happen before. I think maybe this year wirth the pandemic and so many losing their jobs, like me, or working remotely, people are just outside and about with their dogs more.
This year has been so different. I hardly ever saw other...
Heads up, the Shinobi Science dojo will be closed on Saturday July 3rd through Wednesday July 7th. We will reopen for Thursday morning class July 8th. If you miss us, you can peruse through the 6 months of archived classes or any of the courses.
Have a fantastic 4th!! Enjoy!!
T and D
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Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies
Preheated oven 375 degrees greased cookie sheets
bake until delicate beige 4½ to 6½ dozen
1 cup butter
1 to 1½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
Cream the butter, then cream the sugar until fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix. When the dough is blended, divide it in half.To the second half of dough add 1 to 1½ ounces melted bittersweet chocolate, mix until no streaks exist. I didn’t have any so I added about 2Tbsp dark cocoa powder. It worked just as well.
Split the vanilla dough in half. Between two pieces of wax paper, roll half of the vanilla dough until about ¼ inch thick and 3 to 4 inches wide. Roll out half of the chocolate dough in the same way and size as the vanilla half. Place one on top of the vanilla dough, press together and roll up like jelly roll tight as possible.Wrap with wax paper, cling wrap or foil. Do the same with the second halves of...
Ninja Mind Sciences what does that mean to you? To many it means participating in guided meditation, reciting incantations/prayers or sitting quietly breathing and trying not to think.
Today we revisited the Gyokko ryu kata Koku from Thursday night's training. The training of the kata today was through the lens of the ninja mind sciences. To fully understand you would have to watch the class but the main point of it is which goal is your mind focussed on.
Are you focussed on the angle you have to move to? Are you focussed on the strike to the arm? Are you focussed on what your partner is doing? Are you connected to what is happening or in your head running a list of steps to do?
Did the off balance you create move them forward, backwards or have them hanging on the edge of a precipice? Did it create the next opening and space for the next move of the kata you are recreating? Are you in the position to move to the next step of the kata or do you have to adjust to achieve it?
What is Shinobi Science and how are we different from other martial arts? We don’t teach children, we teach adults. There is an interview process because what we teach is not for everyone. We take this martial art very seriously. Teaching only to those who understand the responsibility of learning the art of ninjutsu.
Shinobi Science is not another curriculum. It is a learning program that teaches you how to train and move better. It teaches you how to view the skills and kata of ninjutsu with the Shinobi Formula and the six skill sets, taking them apart piece by piece, to gain a greater understanding of all that is hidden within.
It doesn’t matter which curriculum you train in, Shinobi Science enhances your skill, movement and understanding of the art. We train to be the best student we can and that is what we teach. We are sharing all of the lessons we have learned from our combined more than fifty years of studying the art of ninjutsu.
The one thing we don’t...
Today we started training with being shoved to the ground landing on our hands and knees and having to defend against a strike coming in. It didn’t matter what the strike was, kick, punch or knee what mattered was the vector of the strike coming in.
Knowing the path of the strike and position of the person we could move our balance to the supporting limbs that were out of the striking vector. By moving to a supported balance outside of the strike vector we could then move back into our partners weak points in their structure and balance.
Understanding this concept of moving our balance from a compromised vulnerable position to a support outside of the strike allows us to escape and then regain control. The ways in which you can do this are only limited by your creativity and physical limitations, as was demonstrated by Dennis. Dennis said he wouldn’t use some of these balancing positions in a real fight but you can see I am still affecting your balance, and of course...