On The Ground

Uncategorized May 19, 2021

Tonight we are going to train on ground fighting. Most people when they think of ground fighting think MMA with gender, weight and age classes for competitions. With our focus on asymmetrical attack situations we need to consider getting to the ground, getting up from the ground and getting familiar with being on the ground in very dangerous and messy situations.

Are you able to get to and from the ground safely using gravity? Are you able to control not only your actions but those of another person? Can you defend yourself with success from your knees, seated, and prone in different positions? What if there are obstructions in your way or you have limited space or movement? What if they have a weapon?

We consider ground fighting from worse case scenarios and from real incidents. We consider it happening when you least expect it and have no hope of help. We hope that we or our students never have to use these lessons we teach and train in but we want them to be prepared and able to...

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Baldrick

Uncategorized May 18, 2021

This morning we trained with a kunoichi or asymmetrical situation. Training for asymmetrical situations is what makes this art so different than most martial arts. We don’t train to be the best fighter in a competition. We don’t train to gain superior skills to defeat others.

We train to improve our focus, increase our awareness and perception of each moment. We train to be creative, to increase the options available to us in each moment. We train to be cunning. We train to be “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University”. Our cunning is used to survive no matter what the situation is.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Naginata

Uncategorized May 17, 2021

Saturday we trained with naginata and bokken. Training outside was such a pleasure. It was a beautiful day and we were able to train with weapons that are almost impossible to wield indoors. These weapons were originally designed to be used outdoors.

A naginata is a long pole that has a curved blade at one end. It’s a weapon you don’t see that often, but it is a lot of fun to train with. The o-naginata was used by armored men and warrior monks. The ko-naginata was used by women as it had a smaller blade and was lighter.

Despite it being a weapon that hardly anyone had trained with, everyone still got great results because we were still using the Shinobi Formula. It gives us a set of parameters to start to unravel the lessons hidden within any kata model. Next Saturday if it’s a great day for training outdoors we will continue our exploration of the naginata.

We look forward to training with you.
T

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Classes

Uncategorized May 16, 2021

We have people contacting us asking about classes and schedules. We continue to teach classes on zoom Tuesday, Thursday and have added Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:30am. These will be archived at the Ninja Lab for 6 months so you can view at your leisure if you can’t make class. We also record and archive our Saturday classes which continue to be outside for now.

Anyone that is fully vaccinated is welcome to attend classes in the dojo now. It has been my great joy to have others in class with me and Dennis. At this time those who are not fully vaccinated may attend Saturdays outdoor class with a mask or can join the rest of the classes on zoom.

We look forward to training with you.

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Everyday Weapons

Uncategorized May 15, 2021

Thursday night we trained with a kusari, a chain or rope weapon against a knife stab to the throat. When I was first introduced to this weapon I thought it was a bit lame a piece of rope really. I have since been educated out of my folly and realize what a powerful weapon it is. Not only powerful but it teaches you that you could use a belt, leash, wire, cable or anything similar as a weapon. One of the realizations that comes from training is that virtually everything can be used as a weapon.

Everyday weapons abound. People tend to think of knives and guns and other things designed to harm as weapons, but almost everything can be used as a weapon if you have the knowledge and creativity to see its potential. I just recently taught a hairdresser how her combs could be used as weapons. Everyday weapons can be even more effective to use as an attacker would never think a comb is a threat or try to disarm you and use it against you, as they would with a knife or gun.

Yet that comb can...

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A Wise Woman Part Three

Uncategorized May 14, 2021

This past weekend I learned from a very intelligent woman her philosophy on how to be happy. There are three parts. First buy experiences not things. Second buy time and third give to a charity you are passionate about. To me this is a very valuable way to approach happiness.

The past two days I wrote about experiences and time, so today let’s think about charity. It’s easy to believe you don’t have time or money for charity, I am a great example for that excuse. I was laid off a year ago and though still unemployed am spending every ounce of time and energy into building Shinobi Science into a thriving business and community. It would be easy for me to say I am the charity that should be supported. I don’t have excess resources. Yet there are so many creative ways to give back to your community.

I have started cleaning out my closets, bookcases and cupboards. I have donated clothes, coats, soccer cleats, books and kitchen ware to homeless shelters and local...

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A Wise Woman Part Two

Uncategorized May 13, 2021

This past weekend I learned from a very intelligent woman her philosophy on how to be happy. There are three parts. First buy experiences not things. Second buy time and third give to a charity you are passionate about. To me this is a very valuable way to approach happiness.

Yesterday I wrote about the first part, buying experiences, not things. Today let's look at the second part, buying time.

Buying time what does that mean? Well what would help you do the necessary things in your take up less of your time? For example, cleaning the house. If you make enough money you could hire a cleaning service to come in and do it for you. If not, what are the tools that would make cleaning the floors, the dishes, laundry take less time? What makes preparing meals quicker? How can you use your time more efficiently so you gain time to spend with the people you love and enjoy and to have the experiences you want.

At Shinobi Science we do this through using the formula to stay focussed and...

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A Wise Woman Part One

Uncategorized May 12, 2021

This past weekend I learned from a very intelligent woman her philosophy on how to be happy. There are three parts. First buy experiences not things. Second buy time and third give to a charity you are passionate about.

To me this is a very valuable way to approach happiness. By accumulating experiences not things you have the chance to expand your knowledge and view of others, yourself and the world. New experiences can lead us down new paths of exploration.

For example, take something simple like trying a new cuisine. You find you enjoy it. You then decide to learn how to cook it. As you learn to cook it you learn more about the culture and country it originated from. Learning more about the culture and country you decide to take a trip there. Being there you meet the people, explore the city, markets, museums, countryside and environment. This new experience led you to view the world from a different set of eyes.

As we begin class we recite the phrase Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo...

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The Middle Way

Uncategorized May 11, 2021

There are so many divisions amongst people today. Polarization seems to be at an extreme. However it has been my experience that finding answers requires me to keep an open mind and listen to both sides of an argument so that I can act appropriately for the situation. This is the same in our martial art, both in training and application.

To explain better I want to share something a good friend of mine, who is a martial artist and a rabbi, wrote.

“There are some types of martial arts that cling to tradition. The forms from the past are the forms they practice today. They hold tight to tradition and do not change. This is often beautiful, and they are able to maintain and pass down what they have received, generally in the form they received it, from generation to generation.

There are other types of martial arts that let go of tradition. They are totally open to what works today. They may focus on certain ideas or they may create new forms for dealing with current situations....

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Asymmetrical Situations

Uncategorized May 10, 2021

I’m often asked what is the difference between what we teach and mixed martial arts. The simple answer is we specialize in surviving asymmetrical situations where you are not the superior force. Let me explain this.

Asymmetrical situations is a term we got from our teacher Mark Davis which stands for a situation where the attacker is bigger, stronger, faster, has a weapon, or you are constrained or limited in some way. Basically where you are the underdog.

Starting from the assumption that the attacker has the advantage and pure physical force will not be enough to survive, your options have to broaden. Evading, escaping and hiding all become alternatives that would not be available in a competitive situation. Also from this perspective martial techniques can’t just be done without taking into account the superior strength of an attacker.

This is why Shinobi Science uses science. Our students have to understand the physics of using gravity and position to control space,...

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