Yesterday was International Ninja Day, so we took the day off, kind of. Here in New England we got our first Nor’easter of the season with rain, snow and high winds and we still trained outside early Saturday morning. We found a great new location at a local park that has a pavilion. So while the wind whirled gusts or rain and snow around the ballfield next to us we worked on Dempsey’s shoulder whirl power delivery for striking, ninja style.
Then it was off to the dojo to quickly change and go online with Stephen and Rumiko Hayes for the 40th Annual Ninja Festival in Dayton Ohio. Three hours of online training sessions spread out over the day, covering historical and modern weapons along with unarmed self protection examples. I was honored to be part of this and present a short twenty minute training session. We looked at the difference between internal and external focus and intent while training and fighting.
The students that helped us by being uke for my session stayed around and we trained the whole time working on being able to perceive four dimensional shapes. It was one of those great training sessions when the students catch onto an idea and their comments and questions start bouncing off each other until they almost become one mind with a group understanding. We got so into it we were almost late getting back online for the final festival session.
A full day of training to celebrate Ninja Day, however, after that there were white out conditions, slippery roads, long rides home, falling trees, power outages and electrical fires. All of which would make great stories for another time. We have to get back online for today’s festival training so for now Happy Belated Ninja Day.
Which by the way, was started back in 2003 by Ninja Burger. “Ninja Burger created International Ninja Day on December 5 as a way to celebrate the Ninja “speed” with which our burgers are delivered. Aside from that, ninjas are awesome. We all love them and secretly wish we were one.”
If you secretly wish you were one too we invite you to click the link below for more information.
We look forward to training with you.
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