Concepts from training with Totokuhyoshi – the Sword as Shield – Part 1

Thoughts by Karl Koch, Shihan   Recently, I had the opportunity to train with Shihan Rob Renner regarding the recent training in Japan and the concept of Totokuhyoshi.  This kamae is general demonstrated with the sword held vertically out front as a method for deflecting shuriken; a practice which, while interesting to study, seems relatively…

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Shotgun Loads Analyzed

One of the many reasons I like a shotgun for hunting or home defense is its versatility in use of ammo. 2 3/4 or 3″ shells and anything from number 8 bird shot to number 2 small game loads to slug rounds for deer. Shotguns can handle almost any load that you need for hunting.…

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What is Uke?

I think sometimes in the Bujinkan we have a misconception about what an Uke is and their role in training. Some think that the Uke is always the junior person and they are solely there for the senior person to learn a technique. Merely sacrificing their body so the senior person can do a good…

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Bujinkan Kicking

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about proper punching and made a reference to kicks as also being maligned by outsiders. No doubt about it, Bujinkan kicks are extremely powerful kicks when done properly. We have all taken a well-placed heel stomp kick to the torso that took the wind out of us.…

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Proper Punching

It is said by some that Bujinkan people don’t know how to punch or kick. I believe this is a reaction to the long distance punch and heel stomp kicks we do so often as an uke for the tori to practice a technique. What the casual observer fails to see are the devastating Bujinkan…

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Bujinkan Rank

In preparation for our webinar on “Rank in the Bujinkan” (scheduled for 25 Nov at 1300 EST), I’d like to hear your thoughts on the only official rank test we have in the Bujinkan. The Godan or Sakki test. Recently this came up as a source of controversy at Hombu. Apparently, someone came over to…

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Ichimonji

Arguably this is the one Japanese word that defines the art of the Bujinkan. Ichimonji loosely means first position or stance. Is it a defensive position? Is it a ready position? Is it static or a move? Does it change to something else when you put a sword or Yari in your hands? Is Ichimonji…

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Online Training Sunday Nov 4

Everyone, I’m going to be doing a Free webinar this Sunday at 7pm EST here are all the relevant details to take part! Please register for Travel and training in Japan & the Bujinkan with Phil Legare Shihan on Nov 4, 2012 7:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5803805458620258816 This will be a great training opportunity for…

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Shinken Tactical Shotgun Reload

The Taijutsu of Shotgun Recently, as part of a one of my Saturday seminars, I taught some of what I would call the Taijutsu of Shotgun. Soke once said you have to understand that all weapons have their own Taijutsu and adapt your movement to the weapon, not the weapon to you. I prefer using…

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Ichimonji no Waza

Because I like you guys so much, I decided to give you a free sample of the kind of high-quality content we release for our members every month. Here is a full instructional video of Mark Lithgow teaching the Bujinkan Kihon Happo directly from the densho!

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