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...
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...