Cream Cake

Uncategorized Jun 06, 2021

This is the recipe for the cake I brought to class yesterday.

Cream Cake  

350 degrees 30-40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean) 9 x 13 inch pan greased

4 eggs

1.5 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla (or more to taste - I just pour in what looks right)

3 cups flour

2 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 cups heavy whipping cream

And love

Beat the eggs until thick. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together and mix in alternately with the cream. Pour in the pan and bake!

This time I poured about 2/3rds the batter in the pan. The other third I added 3 Tbsp dark cocoa powder mixed then poured that into the pan to have a marble cake. Instead of frosting I just sprinkled it with powdered sugar.


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Cake and Death

Uncategorized Jun 05, 2021

Just a reminder we are now live on Saturdays from 10 am till noon. You can join us here in the dojo or on zoom. Either way the more the merrier. Today we looked at a knife versus knife situation. Setting up for a stab to the throat, followed by defending and controlling our partner.

It was a serious dance with lots of lessons to explore. There was lots of laughter and death. And then we had cake. 

We look forward to training with you


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Uncategorized Jun 04, 2021

Most of us learn and understand fighting and self defense from television shows, movies, playgrounds, streets, school yards, backyards and inside the home. We see people fighting with aggression, strength, tension and anything at their disposal. Mostly we see the person that is stronger, faster, bigger, or with a more aggressive attitude prevail.

What we train in, to be in the moment completely aware and to relax our bodies into balance and gravity is completely counterintuitive to almost everything that we have been raised to believe is necessary to be successful at defending ourselves. We don’t train to be aggressive, stronger, faster or to win. We train to come to a peaceful resolution of the situation. We train to hopefully perceive it before it happens and guide the moments to a different more peaceful outcome.

We train to allow them to have their reality without harming us or those we love. We train so they don’t realize the outcome has changed and we are safe and...

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Teaching Without Telling

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2021

Those who know me will tell you I can talk. I can be loud and just keep talking about taijutsu for as long as there is someone to listen. Actually I talk to myself about it too so I don’t even need someone to listen but that’s a different story.

This one is about teaching. Teaching this art is not telling someone what I know it is about helping them discover the principles on their own. Back in 1992 when my teacher Mark Davis had me start a training group he told me that my job was to create an experience / experiment for the student so that they discover the principle I want them to learn without me telling it to them.

At the time my thought was how the hell am I supposed to do that. Where do I start? Over the years as I thought about it and worked with it I realized that to even begin to teach this way I have to already understand the principle. That means I have to already have done the experiments, worked through them and understand, or in other words, been a good...

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Gravity On The Ground

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2021

Last night we worked on ground movement and taking the opponents base to off balance them and gain control of the situation. The key was not a set of particular movements, it was understanding how to release/relax your body into the space needed to disrupt the balance of your attacker with gravity.

The closest analogy to the principle of this movement is a young child who doesn’t want to be picked up.
The ability to grasp this concept and to use it has far reaching implications; it doesn’t just apply to the ground but every situation you find yourself in. It allows you to be fully aware of the moment, what is happening, and what is the most appropriate response for your safety and happiness.

Being able to completely relax and connect with gravity, a force of nature, we can connect to the currents of the world around us. By connecting we find the currents or pathways to a safe and positive outcome for ourselves.

We look forward to training with you.

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Science Summer

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2021

It’s June! In New England it is the start of the summer people season. Here at Shinobi Science we have moved our Saturday classes back inside. This means we have started live zoom classes for Saturdays too. 

There are now six classes to attend in person or online. Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:30am and 6:30pm. Wednesdays at 6:30pm and we now welcome you to join us on Saturdays at 10am! (Eastern Standard Time) Today’s classes will be covering Togakure ryu and then ground fighting.

We look forward to training with you.


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Uncategorized May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you and your loved ones are safe and happy. Today is a day dedicated to celebrating the life and sacrifice of those who have died in the service of this country, the United States of America.

We are thankful and grateful to all that serve, have served and especially today those who gave their lives serving.

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One Ring To Train Them All

Uncategorized May 29, 2021

Muso dori was the topic of study this morning. We started off with a two handed shove moving inside and setting up for a ganseki nage. We broke our partner's shape but missed breaking their balance so they were able to move back towards us to continue to fight. We then moved with their response so we could create a muso dori and have control.

While training we focussed on what needed to happen to our partner, not on what we were supposed to do.
This focus allowed each of us to train and learn what was appropriate at our level of understanding and skills. It meant that everyone in the room from the least experienced to the most experienced was learning. All of us were able to expand our knowledge and ability in this martial art.

This is what the Shinobi Formula allows us to do, all levels training together having fun and all progressing at their personal level.

We look forward to training with you.

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Still Training

Uncategorized May 28, 2021

Today is the start of Memorial Day weekend here in the states. We tend to think of this as the beginning of summer. Many will be traveling this weekend starting today. We will be training as usual tomorrow morning. If you happen to be in the area you are welcome to join us. If fully vaccinated, no need for a mask; if not please bring your mask.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Enjoy!!

We look forward to training with you.

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Martial Arts and The Money Myth

Uncategorized May 27, 2021

Once upon a time there were martial arts masters who shared their hard earned lessons with seekers of knowledge just because they were impressed with the prospective student’s enthusiasm. They shared these lessons without concern of compensation because they were following a moral code of honor that didn’t concern themselves with financial gain. It was an honor and their duty to pass on this knowledge.

Sounds great and if you’ve been in the martial arts for any length of time you’ve heard some version of this. The only problem is that it’s complete bullshit.

Martial arts masters were trusted advisors to the throne. They were sought for their knowledge and wisdom. And they were compensated for it in the financial system of their time, position, land, food and treasure.

Family traditions of martial artists would use their skills for survival of themselves and their families. Their services either had value in the safety of the group or sometimes they were...

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