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 I asked if she would be willing to show me some of the kunoichi concepts I had heard about. Her response was I’ll think about it.
An hour later she asked me to join her in an empty area where I watched in awe and disbelief at what was happening. Rumiko was tossing Dennis around like it was nothing. She gracefully moved, completely in control of everything he threw at her, be it kicks, grabs or punches. She masterfully managed each moment to her advantage. To this day it is one of the most skilled demonstrations of martial arts I have ever seen. I wasn’t seeing her demonstrate or teach. I was watching her play.
It changed for me what I thought was possible in the martial arts and what I could be capable of.
From then on at every training event that Rumiko was at, I took a private lesson with her. And during the training I would seek her out asking her questions, advice and physically training with her when possible. Over the years the trust and friendship that developed between us, allowed me to host two seminars with Rumiko Hayes.
I am very grateful and thankful for all that I have learned from Rumiko. I continue to pass on these lessons here at Shinobi Science.
We look forward to training with you.
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