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.

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The Science of Striking

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2017

We had a question about striking in class recently from a newer student who had trained in boxing and karate. We were doing some pad work with jabs and cross punches. He made note of how different it was from what he had done before.

It seemed to him that the difference between the styles of punching he had learned and what we were teaching him was that they have different main purposes. He felt in boxing and karate the idea was to try to overpower your opponent, so the mechanics are designed to hit with as much force as possible. To him at this early stage it seemed the focus of taijutsu was more on controlling space and balance.

Warning: Science Geek Alert, I’m about to go geek.

My response was that actually the difference is in the mechanics not the purposes. Taijutsu is capable of hitting with very great force while at the same time having the benefit of still being in good balance and cover.

F = M x A    Force is equal to mass times acceleration.

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Resolutions Or Plans?

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2016

For many years just like most people I would make resolutions for the new year. Things like try to eat better, lose weight or get more sleep. All of which are excellent ideas but they usually fell by the wayside as the year progressed. In recent years I have given up resolutions and instead made specific plans based on cause and effect.

Studying cause and effect allows me to let go of disappointment and frustration with the perceived failure of my resolutions. Instead I look at my goals, for example we want to grow the student base at the school this year. The question is how?

Well we have studied over the last year what worked and didn’t work to bring students in so we have a good handle on the projects that need to be done. We line all these projects up and then figure out what has to happen or be done and in what order for each to succeed. What the cause of each successful effect we want is so we can plan.

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January 2017 at Shinobi Martial Arts Center in Plaistow New Hampshire

monthly curriculum Dec 26, 2016

Whats Happening at Shinobi Martial Arts this month!

Little Ninja students are working on all their great injury prevention and evasion drills and they will learn how to escape from someone grabbing them in a bear hug.

Level One Ninjutsu White and Yellow Belts are looking at an Earth Level martial arts defense against  a hook punch and an Earth Level martial arts defense against a two handed choke.

Level Two Ninjutsu  Red and Blue Belts will be working on a Water Level martial arts outward rolling defense against an incoming punch,  a Water Level martial arts defense against a punching attack on the ground, and a Water Level martial arts defense against a side head lock

Level Three Ninjutsu Green and Brown Belts will be working on a Wind Level martial arts response to a heavy hook punch, a Wind Level martial arts response to clubbing attack called Oni-kudaki and an elbow/ shoulder lock  called Mu-so-dori.

Sneaky Ninja Club is working on VIP protection ideas.

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Self Doubt

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2016

I once saw a cartoon in a magazine that depicted a scene of hell. In it the devil was showing one hell’s new occupants a room with all of the devil’s greatest weapons. All around the room were terrible weapons of torture and destruction. The caption under the cartoon was a quote from the devil asking the person if they would like to see his most powerful weapon. Alone in the middle of the room was a pedestal with a small object on it. On the pedestal was a small wedge of wood shaped like a doorstopper and on it was written “Self Doubt”.

Self-doubt knows no boundaries, rich, poor, old, young, highly intelligent or ignorant, all are susceptible. The problem with self-doubt is that it is so easily justified in our heads. We look at our history of failures and assume that there has to be something wrong with us. As soon as our mind hears the question “what’s wrong with me?” self-doubt dutifully gives you the answer, telling you everything your...

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Quotes About Nothing

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2016

At a recent To-Shin Do Ninja Festival I taught a session on Saturday morning. For me, the session was very fun and humbling because of how much effort everyone put in to learning the ideas. We looked at arm positions which allow you to move and strike with great power while expending very little effort.

The underlying idea was to not use muscular force to strike with but to use your body movement and these natural arm positions instead. When you did this it became difficult for you opponent to perceive the strikes because you were basically doing nothing.

For those of you who could not be there it is difficult to convey this concept in text but I found a couple of quotes that I often share with my students because, to me, they very succinctly and a little humorously explain these aspects of ninpo taijutsu (ninja body movements). Both quotes deal with nothing but explain quite a lot. The first one from Edward Dahlberg is:

“It takes a long time to understand nothing.”

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