Shinobi Science is NOT another ninjutsu curriculum. We do not claim to have all the answers. We are and will continue to be students of ninjutsu. Shinobi Science is our system of learning that combines modern scientific knowledge with the battlefield tested concepts of the historical ninja to give you a process to discover and internalize the principles of safety and happiness in our art that are appropriate for your life.
Our martial tradition is vast and can take decades just to see it all. It utilizes ninpo taijutsu, a unique way of using gravity to move and create power. And within the kata models of our nine family traditions are hidden treasures of knowledge, specific principles of how ninpo taijutsu was used by each tradition to survive the dangers of their time and place.
In order to assist our students both locally and globally we created the Shinobi Science System to be a training portal where they could follow scientific experiments and training sessions to better...
The mandatory mask mandate ended yesterday for the state of New Hampshire. It is the first state in New England to end the mask mandate. The governor stated that does not prohibit local municipalities or private businesses from implementing their own mask requirements.
Today was the first class we had indoors at the dojo. This had nothing to do with the end of the mask mandate. It was rather a spur of the moment decision. The weather reports yesterday and this morning said the rain would be over by the time class started. That did not happen. Most would describe this morning as rainy, dreary and cold.
So we thought do we stay outside in the rain, move to the outdoor location that had some cover or go inside. We considered the information we had. Everyone except one or two people had at least one shot, some had two. Since we had planned to be outside we could open the back door and windows getting air circulation and not freeze. We also have an air filter that we can...
It’s snowing! It’s not just a light snowfall but a heavy, wet and sticky snow. It’s the type of snow great for snowballs and snow sculptures. It’s coming down so fast that as I was loading the car I had to clean it off three times before leaving.
Spring has settled in, flowers and trees blossoming, and even a few seventy degree days. Yet winter decided to throw one last powerful snowball at us. As I woke to this I was not surprised or disappointed, I was happy. Carpe Diem is usually translated as seize the day, it can also be translated as pluck the day or enjoy the moment.
Our ninja mind sciences teach us to be aware of our thoughts, words and actions. So instead of being disappointed with what was happening, I decided to enjoy it. In Norway there’s a saying, there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. Instead of letting the weather, the newscasters lamenting the setback of spring, or others complaining about the snow dictate my mindset I decided to...
This morning's class we applied Water Chi Kung ideas to the San Shin no Kata. As Dennis explained how to use the dissolving of tension and physical blockages of our own movement to do this, I was practicing off to the side.
I was first introduced to San Shin no Kata over 20 years ago; it was one of the first things I “learned.” I have practiced it many times over the years and have learned many things doing so. I have also practiced the Water Chi Kung and used their methodology for doing so.
Today applying the Water Chi Kung ideas to San Shin no Kata I made a discovery. I kept my intent and focus on a spot in front of me as if there was an opponent there. Then I released the tension in my body allowing it to move in gravity to the next shape, my arms and legs flowed naturally to the correct shapes without me thinking about alignment, cover, distance, timing… it just happened.
The dissolving of tension into gravity with focus on an imaginary opponent did the...
Today Google is honoring Johannes Gutenberg the inventor of moveable type print press. His invention ushered in a new age of learning and communication across the world. Books could be produced in mass and made available to more than just the financial and cultural elite, which altered society permanently.
The printing press is considered the most important invention of the second millennium. It was a system that produced books that was economically affordable for both the printer and the reader. This meant that history, culture, ideas and current events could be recorded and shared across borders and continents.
The internet is allowing Shinobi Science to do the same. We take ideas and current understanding from different scientific disciplines to explain our martial art. Then use technology to make the courses, lessons and training easy to access through multiple venues, online and in person. This allows you to explore and expand your knowledge of ninjutsu.
We look forward to...
Dennis and I got our second shot today. A HUGE Thank You to the men and women of the National Guard and the New Hampshire Fire and Rescue Departments. They have a smooth efficient system for vaccination.
Two weeks from today we will be considered fully vaccinated. We will be figuring out in the next couple of weeks the procedure for opening to classes inside the dojo.
If you are getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine two weeks after your second shot you are considered fully vaccinated. If you got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (before it was taken off the market ) it is five weeks after the shot that you are considered fully vaccinated.
We look forward to seeing you at the dojo soon.
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I have met some of the funniest, crazy, talented and dangerous people while learning and studying the art of ninpo. These people are my training partners, friends and teachers. We help each other train online, in the dojo, or outside. Training to us is not just something you do during class, it becomes part of who you are. We incorporate it into all aspects of our life.
Those of you that read our posts know how much this art means to us. You understand how this art enriches our lives. Each moment of training, be it our thoughts, words or actions is a potential moment of greater understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. It is a moment to connect to a greater understanding of how to live safer and happier.
We look forward to training with you.
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Shinobi Science is all about you. It’s a learning methodologie to learn ninjutsu. It’s a scientific process to experiment with the principles found in kata models regardless of which ones you use. This is possible because the Shinobi Formula is an equation or more accurately a process that represents ninpo taijutsu the ninja body movements.
It doesn’t teach a curriculum, it teaches how to train, learn and explore the martial arts. How to move in gravity, how to unify your body to become its most effective weapon. It doesn’t matter if you train in the Bujinkan, Genbukan, Jinenkan, Myofu-An, To-Shin Do or any of the other ninja martial arts Shinobi Science makes it easier for you to unlock the secrets and principles of the art you study.
We look forward to training with you.
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Today we took a break from the study of Chi Kung in Ninja Lab and started our exploration of Santo Tonko kata in Ninja Lab. Santo Tonko kata is a collection of practice forms that teach escaping. There are twelve.
The one most people know is when two people face each other grasping forearms and one person pulls the other person along with one or more shuffle steps. Knowing the principle of Santo Tonko kata Dennis didn’t use any of the twelve. We used a straight punch and stab to train the kata.
We started by examining the interaction and what was happening on either side of the kata. Both people needed to start in gravity. One was punching with the goal of striking through their surface to reach the bone structure. The other was focused on the person, not the punch, while moving just out of reach of it. Some people call it riding the energy of the punch.
Then we looked at the perceptions on each side of the interaction. What did each person perceive during this exchange about...
I always vote this way. We always order this food. We’re a grappling school. I’m good at punching. We always use this service. All of these could be considered preferences or specialities but from a ninjutsu perspective they are all attempts to have an answer before you know the question.
One of the greatest lessons I got from my teacher Mark Davis years ago was one of the most difficult to do but has given me the most benefit. Back then he told me that I was at a point in my training where I needed to give up being good and learn to be appropriate for the moment. I was confused and asked why I didn’t want to be ‘good’. He simply said what if your good isn’t good enough.
I’m often asked by friends what I would do in a given situation and I answer I don’t know. Because of my training I know I’ll do something but until the situation happens I won’t know how to respond. I try to treat people and problems the same way. I want...