Perception Part Two

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2017

Goals

As it says on the back of the book, “DON’T PANIC”. I’m not talking about the things motivational people say like “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement”. When I talk about goals I mean your perception of purpose in our training, from a very broad sense in the meaning of ‘Bu’ all the way down to the purpose for a specific drill in order to learn a skill. This then is our second awareness task, figuring out what we are trying to accomplish, what our goal is.

I had the pleasure of listening to An-shu Rumiko Hayes talk about the meaning of Bu from Budo or Bujutsu. Most people in the west translate these terms as way of the warrior, martial ways, or martial arts. The term, martial, having its origin in the Roman god Mars, who most believe to be the god of war. Mars however represented military power as a way to secure peace.

Like this misunderstanding of Mars there is also a misunderstanding of Bu. The kanji...

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June at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum May 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in June!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from a side headlock.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a collar grab from behind called Yubi-kudaki and an Earth Level martial arts defense one handed shirt grab called Ho-soku.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Fire Level martial arts interception defense against a 2 handed shirt grab,  a Fire Level martial arts rear take down called Osoto-gake, and a Fire Level martial arts defense from the ground against a kneeling attacker.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a defense against a waist tackle called O-gyaku, a wrist folding technique called Take-ori and an inside defense against a straight kick.

Sneaky Ninja Club is looking at some material from Togakure-Ryu.

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Perception Part One

Uncategorized May 03, 2017

Feeling Gravity

The Ninja are famous for looking at situations from a different perspective then their contemporary warrior counterparts. Where the conventional warrior may boldly charge in, the Ninja uses subterfuge and observation to accomplish their goal. This different perspective or the ability to perceive more is to me the goal of our training.

This is the first of three posts about perception for training in our Ninja art of To-Shin Do. Each will discuss a perception of self or surroundings and how to use these to enhance our understanding of this amazing art. To begin we will look at the ability to perceive gravity.

If you spend anytime on Facebook you will see there is a trend in physical fitness that involves controlling your body in opposition to gravity. There are people doing all kinds of combinations of push-ups, pull-ups and yoga on the ground and up in the air on poles or bars. They use their muscles to counter act the effects of gravity and perform some amazing...

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May at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Apr 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in May!

An-shu Stephen K Hayes and An-shu Rumiko Hayes in New Egland Seminar May 5-7. Shinobi Martial Arts will be welcoming An-shu Stephen K Hayes and An-shu Rumiko Hayes to our Dojo in Plaistow New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th. The Dojo will be closed both days.

Memorial Day. The Dojo will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend from Saturday May 27th to Monday May 29th. Have a great Holiday!

Little Ninja students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from being kicked in the leg or tripped.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a waist tackle and an Earth Level martial arts defense against double wrist grab.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Fire Level martial arts defense against an jabbing punch,  a Fire Level martial arts front hip throw called...

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Who Are You Teaching For?

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2017

I happened on to a martial arts gathering in our area recently, one of the ones where they bring together different martial arts to share with each other. So I went in to watch for a while. There were some martial arts students speaking about an instructor on stage. The comments ranged from how amazing he was to how dangerous he was as a fighter. But as I watched them work out it was obvious they were having difficulty with the material being taught.

I watched as the teacher demonstrated over and over for them but to no avail. He was a strong athletic person and his students were trying to do exactly what he was doing but they were not all strong and athletic. Some of them could simply not physically do what the teacher could.

Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to see a lot of different people teaching martial arts. Some were awesome, others not so much. Obviously there are differences in people’s skills and experience that would account for the wide variation...

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April at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Mar 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in April!

Little Ninja Students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from being pinned against the wall.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a wrist grab and an Earth Level martial arts defense against a one handed shoulder grab from the front.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Fire Level martial arts defense against a big wind up punch,  a Fire Level martial arts defense from the ground against a standing attacker, a Fire Level martial arts defense against a front kick attack.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a defense to a waist tackle that ends in a choke, a defense against a choke from behind and a wrist fold technique called Take-ori .

Sneaky Ninja Club is looking at some material from Gyoko-Ryu.

 

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Why Classical Weapons?

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2017

One of our newer students asked if our focus is self-defense why we still train with classical weapons like the katana. They felt it was very unlikely that they would run into anyone with a Japanese sword. I can understand a new person’s perspective believing they may not see these particular weapons in a fight but weapons in general are a part of our society so we need to be able to deal with them.

The problem I believe is in labeling. If you call something a ‘classical weapon’ does that mean you won’t ever see it in a fight? If you Google Japanese sword attacks you will see the answer to that is obviously no. If you are practicing sword fighting does that mean you can’t kick? A can of fruit cocktail can get the same effect as a shuriken and did in one story I read online.

People tell me that they are ground fighters and you need to learn to fight there as if it is somehow different than standing. So I play on the ground with them and pull out a...

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March at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Feb 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in March!

Little Ninja students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from someone grabbing their wrists

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against a double arm grab from behind and an Earth Level martial arts defense low kicking attack.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts defense against an incoming kick,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a bear hug, and a Water Level martial arts response to a collar grab and a punch that ends in a wrist lock called Omote-gyaku.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a Wind Level martial arts response to a choking attack on the ground, a Wind Level martial arts response to a round house kick and Wind Level martial arts evasive wrist escapes.

Sneaky Ninja Club is working on locking concepts.

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A Different Perspective

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2017

Many people try to learn kata or techniques by memorizing them. Then they combine that with body strength and speed and believe they have what they need. Unfortunately stength and speed are fleeting and memorized kata are not the art. The art is hidden in perception.

The kata are learning tools that transmit the understanding of our art. They are not the art. To aquire that understaning you must put yourself through a process of experience and perception.

The process I ask my students to follow is to understand the goal of a kata, stay in kamae, train and experience the kata. Then I ask them to tell me the results of the the training. Most tell me what they do, how they feel, what they think. Their perspective is completely about them.

If you want to get this art then you have to do the work and that work is changing your perspective. There is no drill, set of movements, or words that can give it to you. You have to experience the training become aware of...

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February 2017 at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Jan 26, 2017

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts in February!

Little Ninja students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from being pinned on the ground.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a straight punch and an Earth Level martial arts defense against an arm grab from the side.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts inward rolling defense against an incoming punch,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a one handed shirt grab and turning it into a thumb down wrist lock  called Hon-gyaku, and a Water Level martial arts defense against incoming grab pressure.

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a defense against a waist tackle that ends with a throw, defense against a full nelson grab and an outside defense against a straight kick.

Sneaky Ninja Club is looking at...

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