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Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers. How many of us are familiar with this saying? It certainly rings true this year as April has brought much rain and snow. So plenty of precipitation here. Flowers are sprouting up in fields, yards and forests. Trees and bushes are showing buds of color. Both bring the promise of more color, pollen and allergies.

With today being the last day of April and tomorrow the first day of May I wanted to learn more about this saying. It was written by Thomas Tusser in 1157. The original poem was “Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers” Chaucer is credited with an earlier version of the poem.

Thomas Tussers poem came from his publication A Hundred Good Points of Husbandrie. The book offered instructions and observations about farming and country customs. It was later expanded and republished as Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie in 1573. You can still buy copies of it today.

A quip that I thought was no more than the equivalent of a hallmark...

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Shinobi Covid Update

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021

Next week the dojo will begin indoor classes for those who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and five weeks after the J & J shot. Please contact us before you come into the dojo and let us know your vaccine schedule.

Classes will be held inside the dojo, zoomed live and then put in Ninja Lab to view at your convenience. Classes will be held inside Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:30am to1:30pm. Evening classes will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30.

Saturdays will continue to be outside from !0am to noon unless the weather is crap, then we will move to Smith Park or have class (with masks) inside the dojo.

We look forward to training with you.
T & D

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Unconventional Lesson

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2021

Teki Gaeshi is a Chuden level Koto Ryu kata. A couple of weeks ago Mark was teaching this kata in the Togakure Ryu class I take. He was explaining it from the Togakure Ryu view point and demonstrating it that way.

Togakure Ryu uses the Koto Ryu and Gyoko Ryu katas in unconventional ways to make the same outcome happen to the uke/opponent. Today I asked Dennis if we could look at this kata so I could train in it to better understand the lesson Mark was teaching.

So we took the original kata from Koto Ryu and put it in Ninja Lab. I had not seen the Koto Ryu version before. Training in it I discovered so many cool things.

I have a habit of holding my arm a certain way that is appropriate for the Koto Ryu katas I have studied but not for this one. What I thought was the entry strike to the person did not get the correct result, after experimenting I found the correct strike and location to off balance the person. This result led to the proper alignment for the kick in this Koto Ryu...

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It’s All In Your Mind

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2021

Most view the martial arts as a sport or a very physical exercise practice and in many martial arts that is what it is. Most martial arts study with the end goal of winning. At Shinobi Science we study with the end goal of surviving.

Many people would look at this as the same thing, yet it is not. To survive means the other person can believe they are winning, it means you don’t have to defeat them.

In my Togakure Ryu leadership class we study how to use the opponent's energy and strategy so they feel successful and believe everything is going well until it’s not. We let them have their reality, while we slip away unnoticed or they end up on the ground wondering how they got there.

Ninjutsu is all in the mind. How do you stop someone who wants to punch you before it happens? How do you act in a way that is incongruous from what they expected?

We train to not have to compete with a person to win. Instead we train to change their perception, of where we are, of what is...

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Cause And Effect

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2021

Saturday training we started with learning to create a shove to twist and off balance the person with their weight on the forward foot. This exposed their kidney to a punch or stab. Stabber sisters you would have loved this.

Once we understood the attack and the effect of it we trained how to defend against it. What we studied was not the steps but the effects. The off balance can be created with different alignments based on our training partner but the effect of off balance is the same. How do we defend against the off balancing and stabbing no matter how we got there or who created it?

The answer is always the same regaining balance and stability in gravity while taking control of their space. The answer is in the outcome, the effect not in the steps.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Indoor Classes And Please Free T!

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2021

Get your shots ASAP Please!! This has been a really long year quarantined with the bear.

You are able to come punch in for the bear when the vaccine you received reaches it full efficacy and I will get a break from his insanity! The vaccine's full efficacy is reached two weeks after the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer and five weeks after J & J shot.

Shinobi Science will open for indoor classes Tuesday May 4th. The schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am to 1:30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Saturdays we will continue to train outdoors from 10am to noon or so.

As always whatever times your schedule allows you to train please come do so. It’s fantastic if you can train the full two hours but if you can only do part of that we understand and welcome you here.

Looking forward, with great relish, to training with you.
T

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Ancient Knowledge Supported By Science

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2021

I was watching a science show last night. Surprise, right? It was talking about marine biologists all over the world fighting to rescue the coral reefs from extinction. Climate change is driving the temperature to a point that the reefs will not be able to evolve fast enough to survive. The biologists are attempting to assist the evolution by taking part of the reefs, exposing them to more sunlight and higher temps.

The reefs that are most resistant to the temperature change are then placed back in the coral beds to help populate and hopefully share the lessons to survive climate change. Thankfully they are having some success and it is spurring more scientists to look for ways to help assist other species and environments to evolve to survive climate change.

Scientists know life on earth will continue to exist in some shape and form whether we help it or not but we may not survive. The quality and quantity of species and environments that exist depends on how well we decide to...

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Eyes To See

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

One of my seniors who is very talented and dangerous described Koto Ryu as being hit by fire, Gyoko Ryu as being surrounded by smoke and mist confused then stumbling into the fire and Togakure Ryu as having no idea there is a fire, everything is going your way then realizing you were in a fire and no idea how you got there.

To me it is an enlightening way of looking at the Ryu ha, it describes the feeling of the particular school as it is felt by the one on the receiving end of the kata or the confrontation. Frequently when learning a kata or a drill we are trying to figure out how the person doing it is moving, what their steps are, where their arms are, what strikes they are using… We fixate our attention on what they are doing not on what is happening to the uke or between the two people.

The kata or drill is not a dance of one but two and the partner is the focal point of this dance. What is their intent? What is their agenda? When does the uke’s intent and agenda...

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The Moment Is Gone

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2021

This morning we had a fantastic class on finding power and using it. I don’t say that about us. The art of ninjutsu is magic and while sharing it with others, the comments, questions and feedback from the lesson are what makes for a great class.

The discussion, training and learning that evolves from both sides of the equation, teachers and students, is what moves all of us to a greater understanding of the art and forward in our capabilities. We expand our awareness of our thoughts, words and actions allowing us to move even closer to happier and safer lives.

So after the lesson this morning we had another lesson in awareness. We didn’t record the class.

Hopefully our awareness will be greater this evening so we remember to record and share it with you. There is always room for improving awareness for all of us.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Ninja Mom

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2021

Today we learned we lost Ninja Mom, Nancy Brazee. For those of you that knew her she was a ball of positive energy. She was ready with a smile and hug whenever she greeted you. She will be dearly missed.

She taught Tai Chi at the dojo and started studying ninpo to see what it was about. She enjoyed the art and decided to continue her training in it. She matched the color of her training slippers to the belt colors as she travelled through the ranks. At seventy she earned her black belt with flourish and lots of laughter. The entire school celebrated her achievement.

At just under five feet watching her toss people around in the dojo was not only incredibly impressive and inspiring it was hilarious. She was every student's cheerleader urging them on saying if I can do this so can you!

We will miss you Ninja Mom!

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