The Way It Was Part III

Mountain Training , Demonstrations and Being Japanese — So it was in my early days of training in Chugoku KuKempo that it was pretty tough. I mentioned earlier about the mountain training we did in both summer and winter. In winter we had the snow and ice and cold to deal with. In summer it…

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Iai Ogyaku and Handguns Oh My!

Just released some more great training for our takaseigi.com members! Mark Lithgow-Shihan shows us more Iai (drawing/deploying the sword), which he calls the ‘bridge’ between taijutsu (unarmed) and kenjutsu (sword). Phil Legare-Shihan explains the fundamentals of Handgun use in Shinken Taijutsu. Noguchi-Sensei and Michael Pearce-Shihan look at the basic form and Ogyaku Much more… To…

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Phil makes Tea

The Way it Was Part II

Man or woman makes the Tea and Tea makes the man or woman –   In my early years of training in Chugoku KuKempo, it was customary for the junior students to open up the dojo and clean it before and after training, sweep snow off the roof in winter, get the fire going, make…

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Beginnings of Martial Arts- The way it was – Part I

During most of the 70s and part of the 80’s I lived in Japan and Okinawa. Until ’73, Okinawa was a US protectorate and not considered “part of” Japan. After reversion, Okinawa became a prefecture of what they would call mainland Japan. Many of the Ryuku people (U’chinachu or Okinawans) believed they were more closely…

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The Difference Between Concealment & Cover

Most of us think that concealment and cover are pretty much the same thing. However, for those who’s lives may depend on it, there is a huge difference between the two. Proper concealment is just that. You are invisible to your opponent. You cant be seen. This would be like hiding in a tree or…

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Ninpo Tatoo

Ninpo Tattoos

Article by Shidoshi Brent Earlewine of the Pittsburgh Bujinkan Dojo: Over the years, we have had a LOT of fun during our training here at the Pittsburgh Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo. Our motto has been “Living the Budo Arts with Open Minds and Open Hearts”.  One of the meanings of this for us is that…

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Ramblings of a Bujinkan Shihan Part 2

Part 2 of Bujinkan Shihan Phil Legare’s discussion on training in the Bujinkan, how the art is taught, and the responsibilities of it’s unique ranking structure. Part 1 is available by clicking here

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Ramblings of a Bujinkan Shihan Part 1

Bujinkan Shihan Phil Legare discusses training in the Bujinkan, how the art is taught, and the responsibilities of it’s unique ranking structure. Click here to watch Part 2

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advanced stick fighting

The Kihon of the Bo

Soke told me long ago that in order to become good in a particular weapon you have to understand the “Taijutsu” of that weapon. Each weapon has its on Taijutsu that we must understand and conform to if we are to master the weapon. In the beginning, most of us try to conform the weapon…

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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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