A Year Ago

Uncategorized Mar 14, 2021

A year ago today we had our last class with everyone training at the dojo inside. It was a Saturday so it was crowded. I don’t remember what we taught or trained in but I do remember the talk Dennis and I had after classes. It was about the pandemic and whether or not to close the dojo.

So we started to research the facts. We started with the CDC and other scientific organizations that had information on covid. Then we looked at what was happening in New England, then in New Hampshire and finally our county and town. 

Most public events were being canceled. The school systems in our area were going remote. In Massachusetts covid was spreading rapidly. The town our dojo is in borders with Massachusetts. We have students from both states.

We made the decision to keep everyone safe and healthy and closed the dojo. It didn’t stop us from training. We already were doing online classes so everyone switched to that. Then we built Shinobi Science.

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Using Less To Get More

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2021

Another bright sunny Saturday morning for training. This week we broke out the bokken and started training in Ju-ji no kata. We only did a part of it but two and a half hours later using Shinobi Science we all had discovered new insights into the kata.

Using the Shinobi Science Formula we honed our skills. Our cuts became smoother, more accurate and invisible. We were more confident and off balancing each other with the lightest movements yet with the greatest results. I actually found a muto dori sword defense idea in the midst of this and later Dennis showed me a way the technique could be done with a Togakure Ryu idea.

It is not that easy to unlock the kata and find the principles within but by using the Shinobi Science Formula we were able to delve deeper into kata unlocking all the magic inside.

If you would like to learn more about Shinobi Science click below.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Using Less To Get More

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2021

Another bright sunny Saturday morning for training. This week we broke out the bokken and started training in Ju-ji no kata. We only did a part of it but two and a half hours later using Shinobi Science we all had discovered new insights into the kata.

Using the Shinobi Science Formula we honed our skills. Our cuts became smoother, more accurate and invisible. We were more confident and off balancing each other with the lightest movements yet with the greatest results. I actually found a muto dori sword defense idea in the midst of this and later Dennis showed me a way the technique could be done with a Togakure Ryu idea.

It is not that easy to unlock the kata and find the principles within but by using the Shinobi Science Formula we were able to delve deeper into kata unlocking all the magic inside.

If you would like to learn more about Shinobi Science click below.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Whatever May Come

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2021

“Not being tense but ready; not thinking but not dreaming; not being set but flexible - it is being wholly and quietly alert, ready for whatever may come.” Bruce Lee

I came across this quote while reading this morning. To me it sums up exactly what we are training for at Shinobi Science. We train and strive to be fully present in the moment, to experience the truth and nature of it, to respond appropriately so that we can live to our fullest potential.

That is what Shinobi Science is. We train to become the best version of ourselves, with plenty of sarcasm, jokes and laughter.

If you would like to learn more about Shinobi Science click below.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Cat Ears

Uncategorized Mar 11, 2021

If you read my Monday post I mentioned that I have several sets of cat ears. I have them from my daughters Halloween costumes over the years.

At some point along the way I started to wear the cat ears when I baked or cooked to keep the hair out of my face and out of the food. So my daughters, their friends and my family became accustomed to seeing me in cat ears. It became a normal thing.

Several years ago my parents were visiting and my daughter was bringing her boyfriend over for dinner to meet them. When my daughter and her boyfriend showed up, dinner wasn’t ready. About forty-five minutes later, my parents, both my daughters, the boyfriend and I sat down for dinner.

Halfway through dinner I brushed back a stray hair that had escaped the cat ears and realized I had them on. The boyfriend being exceedingly polite and probably questioning my sanity had said nothing. Realizing this I explained why I had them while trying not to laugh hysterically.

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Shinobi Covid Update

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2021

As we said almost a year ago, we intend to follow CDC guidelines for safety during the pandemic. From our perspective to do otherwise would go against everything we practice in ninjutsu for safety.

It has been a long year and we appreciate all of you who have stuck with us during this time. We wanted to let you know that there have been some recent announcements that could lead to some indoor training in the relatively near future.

The CDC has updated its recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated meaning two weeks after your final vaccination shot. From what we have read, fully vaccinated members, including T and me, will be able to train together inside without the need for masks or social distancing. You can find out more about these guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Other hopeful news is that the state of NH is ahead of schedule and some of us may become eligible for vaccination registration before the...

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Saturday Night Live Zoom

Uncategorized Mar 08, 2021

Saturday nights I have a zoom call with three of my friends. The four of us usually get together a few times a year. About a month after the pandemic started we decided to have a weekly zoom call to stay in touch. Since last March we have all been working remotely. The three of them interact with their work colleagues through zoom, conference calls and emails. I am fortunate that Dennis and I have quarantined so we can work together in the dojo. None of them have that.

Our zoom calls have become a weekly highlight for all of us. We vent, joke, laugh and catch up with what's going on with us, our families and other mutual friends. Out of this weekly zoom call has grown a deeper friendship between all of us. We now text or send gifs almost every morning starting our days together. We send cards and gifts to each other.

Two of us recently had Birthdays so it was decided we should celebrate together. My friend out in Seattle sent us chocolates from a local vendor there. Another sent us...

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All Things Being Equal

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2021

An old friend and student joined us today for training outside. He has experience in other arts, including defensive tactics. He was paired up with our newest student, a young man with a great sense of humor and a fencing background. However they worked together very well.

Together with the rest of the regulars they worked on Shinden Ryu kata dealing with a punch and ending up locking the person up with an arm bar. Out of all of them I think only T had seen the technique before but it didn’t matter because we were using science.

We read the kata model recipe, figured out how to turn the steps into goals, then put them into the formula and experimented. Because we use scientific methods to train it doesn’t matter who is working with who. Experienced members can work with new people. Larger people can work with smaller ones.

There are no weight, gender or age divisions because there is no competition, only good science where everyone is working to duplicate the same...

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What Is Written Is Past

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2021

I was reading one of Dr. Hatsumi’s books and in it he was talking about the scrolls that contain the kata from our historical traditions. In it he said what is written is past, what matters is the present moment. Survival happens in the present. This moment is all that matters.

This was very appropriate for what we have been working on in class. We have been learning how to read the recipe like steps of the kata models and to turn them into external goals of what we want to happen to the attacker. Once we have these goals we place them into our Shinobi Science Formula to experiment with the kata and unlock the lessons within. Experimentation is how you internalize the principles of survival.

No memorized kata model is going to save you in a real conflict. Your memory is the past. Only focusing on the present can give you a chance of survival. At Shinobi Science we take the lessons of the past, really read them and make them understandable to our students with science.

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March Madness

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2021

A couple of days ago Dennis brought in a mini basketball hoop with two basketballs about the size of tangelos. He set it up on the glass pane in front of my desk so I could practice. He did this after watching months of me trying to throw things into the trash can and missing horribly in any way you can imagine. The trash is less than 6 feet from my desk.

So I have been practicing from my chair while at my desk. I have been missing ninety five percent of the time. Actually probably more. I have managed to hit just about everything else in the office including Dennis on my shots and them rebounding back across the room.

My response has not been disappointment but laughter. It’s incredibly comical how bad I am, at least to me. Oh and the faces I make while trying to make a basket can be fairly amusing too.

Dennis may not feel the same way. Today he asked me what are you looking at? I responded that I'm looking at the backboard. He watched me miss several more times and before I...

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