Happy December all!
Today as I was walking I was thinking about Dennis' article and where I am in training. Sounds like a simple enough question to answer but like everything in ninpo it is not. Why is that? Well it depends on my intent and the situation.
In developing our women’s program LIVE the intent was on evading and escaping the attack. The focus is not on defeating the attacker but about riding and redirecting the energy to take advantage of open spaces and get away. It is more a reactionary prey response to a predator by being in the energy of the attack at that moment and using it to escape.
I have trained the most with this intent and focus. I am naturally inclined to this mind set. It made the most sense to me. In these situations with this focus I move most of the time in the 5th dimension allowing the attacker to believe they are winning while constantly evaluating our relationship in the 3rd and 4th dimensions.
I have played sports and had...
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to humans. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of human fears and the summit of human knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Ninja Zone.
I took some liberties with the opening narrative from season one of the Twilight Zone and I’m going to take some liberties with the scientific definition of dimensions as we journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. From my imagination came a dimensional analogy to help understand the different levels of training I believe are necessary to understand ninpo taijutsu. Each level is an essential part of a journey you take to understand and each also represents a cul de sac that you could get stuck in if you don’t stay on the path.
One dimensional training represents knowing the...
Lather, rinse, repeat is a simple process most everyone is familiar with. Simple processes are all around us and science has shown that a simple process repeated over and over can lead to complex outcomes. As humans we start as a single cell that continues to separate over and over again to become specialized cells to create everything that makes up the complex system that is us.
What you are reading right now is part of a simple process we use to inform readers about Shinobi Science. As we share with you everyday some of you will want more information and others will decide to unsubscribe because you are not interested in what we are saying. This process repeated over and over leads to a community of like minded people training together scientifically.
The power of a simple process leading to complex outcomes makes the training itself special. Training in all the aspects of martial arts and self protection can be overwhelming. The Shinobi formula we have created represents the...
Earlier this year my dog was attacked. Moxie is a chocolate lab which I adopted at a year old. She is sweet and loves everyone. The biggest threat from her is getting slobbered on. We were walking and she was leashed. We were going by a house when a dog came flying out of the yard, grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down into the pavement and held her there. I thought she was going to die.
The owners got the dog off her. I was able to get Moxie home and then to the emergency veterinarian because of course it was a Friday night. Fortunately we were very lucky. Mox was a big enough dog her throat hadn’t been crushed and the tear in her neck just missed the jugular. Four and a half hours and 25 plus stitches later I was able to take her home.
Why do I tell this story at Shinobi Science well because shortly after that we started training with kusari fundo. I realized I could use the leash as one even with Ms.Moxie leashed. I could just have her close to me...
This is NOT a Black Friday Sales message. We don’t have sales. We don’t want customers. We want members in our training community.
The Shinobi Science Online Training Community is the evolution of a way of teaching and training in the ninja martial arts that started back in 1992. Back then I had a small group who trained with me once a week in my basement. Twenty-eight years later one of those people, the one responsible for me starting the training group, still trains with me and a bit of his story starts our story.
You’ve heard the phrase “Go west young man”, well he did. However in those days there weren’t many ninpo taijutsu teachers, which meant we had to figure out a way to keep training together over the phone. Now for those of you who are a bit younger than I am that meant a hand held device with a very long cord attached to it and to the wall.
We couldn’t Zoom or even share YouTube videos training consisted of off the wall analogies...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...