Science Summer

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2021

It’s June! In New England it is the start of the summer people season. Here at Shinobi Science we have moved our Saturday classes back inside. This means we have started live zoom classes for Saturdays too. 

There are now six classes to attend in person or online. Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:30am and 6:30pm. Wednesdays at 6:30pm and we now welcome you to join us on Saturdays at 10am! (Eastern Standard Time) Today’s classes will be covering Togakure ryu and then ground fighting.

We look forward to training with you.

T

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Remembering

Uncategorized May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you and your loved ones are safe and happy. Today is a day dedicated to celebrating the life and sacrifice of those who have died in the service of this country, the United States of America.

We are thankful and grateful to all that serve, have served and especially today those who gave their lives serving.

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One Ring To Train Them All

Uncategorized May 29, 2021

Muso dori was the topic of study this morning. We started off with a two handed shove moving inside and setting up for a ganseki nage. We broke our partner's shape but missed breaking their balance so they were able to move back towards us to continue to fight. We then moved with their response so we could create a muso dori and have control.

While training we focussed on what needed to happen to our partner, not on what we were supposed to do.
This focus allowed each of us to train and learn what was appropriate at our level of understanding and skills. It meant that everyone in the room from the least experienced to the most experienced was learning. All of us were able to expand our knowledge and ability in this martial art.

This is what the Shinobi Formula allows us to do, all levels training together having fun and all progressing at their personal level.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Still Training

Uncategorized May 28, 2021

Today is the start of Memorial Day weekend here in the states. We tend to think of this as the beginning of summer. Many will be traveling this weekend starting today. We will be training as usual tomorrow morning. If you happen to be in the area you are welcome to join us. If fully vaccinated, no need for a mask; if not please bring your mask.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Enjoy!!

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Martial Arts and The Money Myth

Uncategorized May 27, 2021

Once upon a time there were martial arts masters who shared their hard earned lessons with seekers of knowledge just because they were impressed with the prospective student’s enthusiasm. They shared these lessons without concern of compensation because they were following a moral code of honor that didn’t concern themselves with financial gain. It was an honor and their duty to pass on this knowledge.

Sounds great and if you’ve been in the martial arts for any length of time you’ve heard some version of this. The only problem is that it’s complete bullshit.

Martial arts masters were trusted advisors to the throne. They were sought for their knowledge and wisdom. And they were compensated for it in the financial system of their time, position, land, food and treasure.

Family traditions of martial artists would use their skills for survival of themselves and their families. Their services either had value in the safety of the group or sometimes they were...

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A Source Of Power

Uncategorized May 26, 2021

Power of mind is infinite while brawn is limited. Physical strength, endurance and prowess only gets you so far. There is always someone that can best you in a physical confrontation. To be able to succeed against a stronger opponent you have to use your mind.

How is it possible that thought can succeed against physical force? It can't, it's not thought or intelligence, it is focus and awareness. We train every day to increase our skills of focus and awareness in the moment. We train to act in an appropriate manner to what is happening. This creates a mind that can see a superior force coming and still see the openings and vulnerabilities that can be used to succeed in a path that brings you home safe.

That is always the ultimate goal in training, going home safe to lead a happy life and enjoy the moment.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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The Most Powerful Weapon

Uncategorized May 25, 2021

We train with weapons through katas and drills. To understand a weapon as the ninja did you have to live with it. For example with a sword how do you draw it from different positions such as standing, kneeling, running and staying covered? How do you draw your sword in confined spaces? How do you draw it so it doesn’t cut someone unintentionally or get caught in your armour or something else? How do you sheath your sword in all these instances?

How can you use each part of your sword, the scabbard, hilt, tsuba and all sides of the blade to defend and attack? You have to understand not only how to use the weapon but how to retain control of it while grappling, how to defend against someone using a sword and how to disarm them and gain control of the weapon.

How would you move through crowds, courts, cities, forests, fields etc with your sword? You would have to be able to travel for hours, maybe days carrying your weapon and then instantly be ready for battle. Your survival in...

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Time Capsule

Uncategorized May 24, 2021

Saturday we trained outdoors again with naginata and bokken. There were many familiar lessons in the day's training. Though the lessons were familiar I saw them from a different perspective. Each time I train with a kata there’s a new little nuance or aha from that kata moment.

A kata is a section of time we examine and try to recreate so we can learn the lessons within it. The closer we recreate this section of time to what actually happened the more we can learn from the kata.

Within a kata there are parameters in place for those few moments that we are studying. To learn the lessons within a kata, we can’t change those parameters. We can’t decide “I wouldn’t move that way or I feel I would do this, I wouldn’t let this happen.”

What you think or feel doesn’t matter. To unlock the kata you have to recreate and discover what the creator of that kata wanted to pass on. What was the intent of the attacker in the kata? What was the threat...

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It’s All The Same

Uncategorized May 21, 2021

Yesterday we trained in two very different areas of the art. In the morning we trained with breathing methods to learn to control our physical and emotional responses in a violent situation. In the evening we looked at a very violent kata that left the opponent shattered on the ground.

These two classes, breathing methods and a very violent bone shattering kata may seem like two very separate sets of skills, however it requires the same focus to do both. This is what we train everyday at Shinobi Science, to be aware and present in the moment. To be able to choose what thoughts, words and actions are appropriate in that moment for survival. To choose the path that leads to a happy and safe life.

Every class we explore a different aspect of the art using the same focus. We look forward to training with you.
T

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Never Forget

Uncategorized May 20, 2021

I was watching a science show last night about elephants. There was a drought in their environment and in order to survive they needed to find water. The eldest led them on a journey to a water hole outside of their normal habitat environment.

Once there this journey and water hole became a remembered event and pathway to all the members. The memory of this place and journey that enabled their survival was now passed down to all the members of the herd. It was a survival tool that the eldest member had been taught in her youth and was now passed on to the rest of the herd to be used in the future if needed

This is our art. Methods that are passed on to ensure the survival of our families and friends. Lessons that were learned long ago in a different time and country that still hold the answers to how to survive and live happy and safer lives. It is what Dennis and I have learned and continue to learn from our teachers. It is what we strive to pass on to others through Shinobi...

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