A Source Of Power

Uncategorized May 26, 2021

Power of mind is infinite while brawn is limited. Physical strength, endurance and prowess only gets you so far. There is always someone that can best you in a physical confrontation. To be able to succeed against a stronger opponent you have to use your mind.

How is it possible that thought can succeed against physical force? It can't, it's not thought or intelligence, it is focus and awareness. We train every day to increase our skills of focus and awareness in the moment. We train to act in an appropriate manner to what is happening. This creates a mind that can see a superior force coming and still see the openings and vulnerabilities that can be used to succeed in a path that brings you home safe.

That is always the ultimate goal in training, going home safe to lead a happy life and enjoy the moment.

We look forward to training with you.

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The Most Powerful Weapon

Uncategorized May 25, 2021

We train with weapons through katas and drills. To understand a weapon as the ninja did you have to live with it. For example with a sword how do you draw it from different positions such as standing, kneeling, running and staying covered? How do you draw your sword in confined spaces? How do you draw it so it doesn’t cut someone unintentionally or get caught in your armour or something else? How do you sheath your sword in all these instances?

How can you use each part of your sword, the scabbard, hilt, tsuba and all sides of the blade to defend and attack? You have to understand not only how to use the weapon but how to retain control of it while grappling, how to defend against someone using a sword and how to disarm them and gain control of the weapon.

How would you move through crowds, courts, cities, forests, fields etc with your sword? You would have to be able to travel for hours, maybe days carrying your weapon and then instantly be ready for battle. Your survival in...

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Time Capsule

Uncategorized May 24, 2021

Saturday we trained outdoors again with naginata and bokken. There were many familiar lessons in the day's training. Though the lessons were familiar I saw them from a different perspective. Each time I train with a kata there’s a new little nuance or aha from that kata moment.

A kata is a section of time we examine and try to recreate so we can learn the lessons within it. The closer we recreate this section of time to what actually happened the more we can learn from the kata.

Within a kata there are parameters in place for those few moments that we are studying. To learn the lessons within a kata, we can’t change those parameters. We can’t decide “I wouldn’t move that way or I feel I would do this, I wouldn’t let this happen.”

What you think or feel doesn’t matter. To unlock the kata you have to recreate and discover what the creator of that kata wanted to pass on. What was the intent of the attacker in the kata? What was the threat...

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It’s All The Same

Uncategorized May 21, 2021

Yesterday we trained in two very different areas of the art. In the morning we trained with breathing methods to learn to control our physical and emotional responses in a violent situation. In the evening we looked at a very violent kata that left the opponent shattered on the ground.

These two classes, breathing methods and a very violent bone shattering kata may seem like two very separate sets of skills, however it requires the same focus to do both. This is what we train everyday at Shinobi Science, to be aware and present in the moment. To be able to choose what thoughts, words and actions are appropriate in that moment for survival. To choose the path that leads to a happy and safe life.

Every class we explore a different aspect of the art using the same focus. We look forward to training with you.

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Never Forget

Uncategorized May 20, 2021

I was watching a science show last night about elephants. There was a drought in their environment and in order to survive they needed to find water. The eldest led them on a journey to a water hole outside of their normal habitat environment.

Once there this journey and water hole became a remembered event and pathway to all the members. The memory of this place and journey that enabled their survival was now passed down to all the members of the herd. It was a survival tool that the eldest member had been taught in her youth and was now passed on to the rest of the herd to be used in the future if needed

This is our art. Methods that are passed on to ensure the survival of our families and friends. Lessons that were learned long ago in a different time and country that still hold the answers to how to survive and live happy and safer lives. It is what Dennis and I have learned and continue to learn from our teachers. It is what we strive to pass on to others through Shinobi...

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On The Ground

Uncategorized May 19, 2021

Tonight we are going to train on ground fighting. Most people when they think of ground fighting think MMA with gender, weight and age classes for competitions. With our focus on asymmetrical attack situations we need to consider getting to the ground, getting up from the ground and getting familiar with being on the ground in very dangerous and messy situations.

Are you able to get to and from the ground safely using gravity? Are you able to control not only your actions but those of another person? Can you defend yourself with success from your knees, seated, and prone in different positions? What if there are obstructions in your way or you have limited space or movement? What if they have a weapon?

We consider ground fighting from worse case scenarios and from real incidents. We consider it happening when you least expect it and have no hope of help. We hope that we or our students never have to use these lessons we teach and train in but we want them to be prepared and able to...

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Uncategorized May 18, 2021

This morning we trained with a kunoichi or asymmetrical situation. Training for asymmetrical situations is what makes this art so different than most martial arts. We don’t train to be the best fighter in a competition. We don’t train to gain superior skills to defeat others.

We train to improve our focus, increase our awareness and perception of each moment. We train to be creative, to increase the options available to us in each moment. We train to be cunning. We train to be “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University”. Our cunning is used to survive no matter what the situation is.

We look forward to training with you.

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Uncategorized May 17, 2021

Saturday we trained with naginata and bokken. Training outside was such a pleasure. It was a beautiful day and we were able to train with weapons that are almost impossible to wield indoors. These weapons were originally designed to be used outdoors.

A naginata is a long pole that has a curved blade at one end. It’s a weapon you don’t see that often, but it is a lot of fun to train with. The o-naginata was used by armored men and warrior monks. The ko-naginata was used by women as it had a smaller blade and was lighter.

Despite it being a weapon that hardly anyone had trained with, everyone still got great results because we were still using the Shinobi Formula. It gives us a set of parameters to start to unravel the lessons hidden within any kata model. Next Saturday if it’s a great day for training outdoors we will continue our exploration of the naginata.

We look forward to training with you.

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Uncategorized May 16, 2021

We have people contacting us asking about classes and schedules. We continue to teach classes on zoom Tuesday, Thursday and have added Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:30am. These will be archived at the Ninja Lab for 6 months so you can view at your leisure if you can’t make class. We also record and archive our Saturday classes which continue to be outside for now.

Anyone that is fully vaccinated is welcome to attend classes in the dojo now. It has been my great joy to have others in class with me and Dennis. At this time those who are not fully vaccinated may attend Saturdays outdoor class with a mask or can join the rest of the classes on zoom.

We look forward to training with you.

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Everyday Weapons

Uncategorized May 15, 2021

Thursday night we trained with a kusari, a chain or rope weapon against a knife stab to the throat. When I was first introduced to this weapon I thought it was a bit lame a piece of rope really. I have since been educated out of my folly and realize what a powerful weapon it is. Not only powerful but it teaches you that you could use a belt, leash, wire, cable or anything similar as a weapon. One of the realizations that comes from training is that virtually everything can be used as a weapon.

Everyday weapons abound. People tend to think of knives and guns and other things designed to harm as weapons, but almost everything can be used as a weapon if you have the knowledge and creativity to see its potential. I just recently taught a hairdresser how her combs could be used as weapons. Everyday weapons can be even more effective to use as an attacker would never think a comb is a threat or try to disarm you and use it against you, as they would with a knife or gun.

Yet that comb can...

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