It’s a hectic Monday here at the dojo. There is a new business moving in upstairs above us. There are plumbing renovations that are needed before it can open. This involves not only much noise above us, as some of you have heard during classes but accessing the pipes through our ceiling.
Of course the place in the ceiling where they have to access the pipes is where our heavy bag and other equipment is and the office. So the Bear moved everything to the opposite side of the room and we are packing up to leave.
Lucky for us we gained a few hours of office time because the access points the plumber had put in the walls to do the work needed today were filled in over the weekend. So he had to redo them, which gave us a little time at the dojo this morning.
This morning gave us another chance to work on staying in the moment and doing that which is appropriate at the time. Working on our thoughts, words and actions we stayed our usual sarcastic sleeves and did what needed to be...
Went for a walk with Moxie this morning and again this afternoon. It’s such a beautiful day. Here it is a time of new growth and birth. Animals making homes and giving birth, birds migrating to nesting grounds, plants blooming. Spring is here and nature is waking up from the quiet slumber of winter.
If you have been following our posts you know how much I enjoy the winter, What I really enjoy is being in nature. Each season has its own gifts and treasures to discover, learn and savor.
It is another way of training being in nature and connecting with it. To be present and experience each season in all the wonder it has to offer. We don’t train just to prevent violence we train to be aware in the moment to enjoy life.
There are many gifts from training but I think the greatest is being aware of our thoughts, words and actions so we actively choose those which lead us to a safer and happier life.
So wherever you are and whatever you are doing, enjoy...
The last two weeks we have been studying Iron Shirt Chi Kung in Ninja Lab. This morning we took those experimental results and added them into training. We started by off balancing each other in a rear or a front hip throw.
From our compromised position we practiced finding gravity, then finding balance and finding power.
At first we did this in a step by step process slowly regaining our balance and taking their balance. As we trained the pauses between each step lessened until it was all done in one moment.
It was amazing how fast we reversed our compromised position to being in control. This is the essence of why we train, to take a compromised situation and turn it around so we are safe.
We look forward to training with you.
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Today we start indoor classes again. So bring your masks and join us tonight. We will be starting with some Koto Ryu kata. If you haven’t already watched Shinobi Science please do so before you get here so you understand the process we are going to be using.
You will also need to do some research on timing. For instance today is the first of April 2021.
We do actually look forward to training with all of you.
T and D
P.S. APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!
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Though we study the art of war, we do so not to fight. We train so that when something chaotic happens we can steer it toward a peaceful resolution. We do this by understanding the art of conflict to resolve it in the safest way possible for all. Using violence or fighting is the last resort we seek as a solution.
We do not engage in fighting to prove ourselves or to stoke our ego. We do not fight to win honor. We are not competitive in our fighting and training.We do not do this to get in shape or for sport.
We fight to protect family, friends and ourselves. We fight for those who face injustice or can not fight to protect themselves. We learn to fight to end dangerous, harmful, violent, unjust conflicts. We fight to go home. We fight to survive.
This doesn’t mean we can’t fight. If we decide it is necessary to do so we are not restricted by any rules or codes of what is just other than our own moral compass. We will do whatever is needed with what is appropriate to end...
The month of March is National Women’s History month. I’d like to talk a little bit about the history of one of my teachers, Rumiko Hayes.
She told me she started training in this martial art because she wanted to know why her future husband was so enthralled with it. She too became enamored with the art as she trained alongside her husband and the others at that time.
Rumiko is an amazing martial artist who has been featured in a number of magazines demonstrating her prowess with and without weapons. She has taught at every Ninja Festival and many other seminars for the last forty years.
Rumiko not only has and can teach deadly martial skills she also teaches an art of healing and rejuvenation for health called Ryu Tai. She describes Ryu Tai as a scientific system of gentle twists, stretches and pressure-point exercises to enhance, restore, and regenerate health and longevity.
I first met Rumiko about twenty years ago at a seminar. Years later at the 2009 Ninja Festival...
The state of New Hampshire has updated the vaccine schedule today.
Vaccine timeline this week:
Monday, March 29: Registration for people 40+
Wednesday, March 31: Registration for people 30+
Friday, April 2: Registration for people 16+
This means that all of our New Hampshire students are eligible to register for the vaccine by this Sunday.
Shinobi Science will resume indoor training in the near future.
If you are getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine two weeks after your second shot you would be eligible to come back to the dojo. If you get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine five weeks after your shot you would be eligible to come back to the dojo.
Let us know your vaccine schedule. For those of you that are later in the vaccine schedule, we will be looking into combining indoor and outdoor training depending on the weather. So that everyone who chooses can take classes at the dojo when we resume indoor training.
We look forward to seeing you at the dojo...
Another sunny Saturday and another great day of training. For the first hour we worked on the Chi Kung posture embracing the tree and rooting energy. The goal was to be able to stay in this posture while being pushed from either side or the back.
All of us from the newest student to the senior students started working on this with varied results. We did not achieve success every time, but throughout the training we all were getting better and sometimes everything came together and the magic happened. It worked!!
The second hour we took the new skills we were working on and put them into practice in our martial art.
This is where it got crazy. We started experimenting with how we could take the attackers energy that was exerted and bounce it back into them.
Focussing on using the Formula we experimented. Our movements started to become more imperceptible with greater results. It was crazy fun to watch us toss each other around with the appearance of little to no movement. Not to...
It’s going to be a great day!!
I say that every morning when I wake up. Every time I say it, I smile and do a full body stretch like I am diving into a pool. It is part of my ninja mind sciences practice. It sets the tone for the day to be a good one. I do this first thing before I check the weather, my messages, sit up, etc.
To me this practice is like putting on armor for the day against negative thoughts, words and actions both internally and externally. This doesn’t mean I don’t have bad things happen or I am always positive about myself and others but it is a way to prepare myself for dealing with whatever comes my way.
Learning the ninja mind sciences through Shinobi Science has been a life changing practice for me. It gave me the courage to make decisions that I knew I should but lacked the belief in myself to do so. It gave me the strength to find my voice and act to lead a healthier and safer life.
We look forward to training with you.
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This week we started looking at Iron Shirt Chi Kung in Ninja Lab. We have studied the different breathing patterns and now have started exploring the different postures. The goal of the practice is to be able to connect the myofascia of the body to create an immovable structure that when force is applied it bounces back on itself.
This exists in the martial art we study but by exploring it in Iron Shirt Chi Kung we isolate the study to just the breathing and connecting the myofascia. It’s incredibly powerful and effective when we use it in our art.
I would like to go into further detail but I just don’t have the words. It’s weird and mind blowing in practice. It looks like magic but it is the power of focusing our mind/body in gravity and connecting all the myofascia to use the body as one powerful weapon.
If you want to know more you just have to watch the classes or research it yourself with a skilled practitioner.
We look forward to training with you.