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    Jeff - I had no idea what a writer/storyteller...

    Jeff - I had no idea what a writer/storyteller you are. Lots more people need to read you. So I linked the piece on Facebook. I'm going through your book reviews now.
  2. ERRATA in HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT (UPDATE)

    This is an updated message concerning one particular error in HIPS. On page 64.
    Some time ago, I wrote: Vincente Bosch alluded to the fact that my description of circular breathing on my KogenBudo...
  3. See Chapter Two - Six in my book Hidden in Plain...

    See Chapter Two - Six in my book Hidden in Plain Sight, for a lot of details on this subject.
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    I agree - thank you very much for posting this

    I agree - thank you very much for posting this
  5. Depends what you mean by traditional. If you mean...

    Depends what you mean by traditional. If you mean a koryu, a school founded before the inception of the Meiji era, hewing to a number of parameters of both culture and practice, neither would fit...
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    To the best of my knowledge, no original densho...

    To the best of my knowledge, no original densho exists. Elements of it were incorporated within various lines of Shinkage-ryu.
  7. FINALLY! Hidden in Plain Sight - the new edition - Released

    "I am very pleased to announce the release of Hidden in Plain Sight: Esoteric Power Training within Japanese Martial Traditions (Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei's Power).

    It is truly a new...
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    Found this blog -...

    Found this blog - https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/koppofun
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    Actually, that very much looks like he's derived...

    Actually, that very much looks like he's derived a lot from Chinese jian (sword). There are a lot of elements you'd never see in a Japanese centered art, that are really mainstream Chinese. FWIW
  10. Release of 2nd Edition of HIPS pending

    If you would like notification for pre-Sale when HIPS is released (which will be very soon!), go to EdgeworkBooks and use the Contact Form on the left of the page to request email notification. (NOT...
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    Nope. I am not aware of any Daito-ryu instructor...

    Nope. I am not aware of any Daito-ryu instructor ever associated with the DNB. Remember, though, it was an umbrella organization, with both an 'institute' in Kyoto, and most martial arts being...
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    I need to do a little fine tuning on the last...

    I need to do a little fine tuning on the last post - Toby Threadgill has refreshed my memory of a previous conversation. In 1994, he and Don Angier contacted Yoshida Kotaro's surviving son. He knew...
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    To revisit an old topic, Yoshida Kotaro did not...

    To revisit an old topic, Yoshida Kotaro did not train in a hidden family art - in fact, he trained in Shingetsu Musō Yanagi-ryū (in addition, of course, to Daito-ryu), a school still extant in Japan....
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    By the way, I know someone who makes excellent...

    By the way, I know someone who makes excellent hickory or jojoba bo. In the USA. Very reasonably priced. Send me a PM if you are interested. Ellis Amdur
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    Well, regarding the 2nd choice, there is no such...

    Well, regarding the 2nd choice, there is no such thing as "ash wood oak" - so whatever it's made of, who knows - maybe good, maybe not. If you are going to have impact, nine circles (kashi) is a good...
  16. The Coordinator: A New Book by Ellis Amdur

    Many assert that koryu is merely a living antique, not relevant to modern times. I've just published a new book that belies this - applying the tactical principles in koryu to communication tactics...
  17. A Small Contribution about the Late Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei

    New KogenBudo Blog -A Small Contribution about the Late Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei by Nick Kraus http://tinyurl.com/jj9n5dn
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    This is the updated link - I made a dedicated...

    This is the updated link - I made a dedicated website - http://www.zaimoku.org
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    I used to train with the Tokai University #5...

    I used to train with the Tokai University #5 Fusoku Kotougakko judobu. I was a 35 year old English instructor at the school, and these were some of the best judo prospects in all of Japan.

    Among...
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    Oh shoot, you are right. Different guy entirely....

    Oh shoot, you are right. Different guy entirely. I remember when Horibe first appeared in Japanese martial arts magazines, now that I've looked at the link. Apologies for the distraction on the...
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    I think it's actually Seishi Teppei. And he's...

    I think it's actually Seishi Teppei. And he's kind of a mystery. He left dojo in South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada and elsewhere. Guy Taylor, who teaches in Vancouver, B.C., is an authority. I've also...
  22. Nick - Ito Kikue was not Sugino's wife. In fact,...

    Nick - Ito Kikue was not Sugino's wife. In fact, they had different instructors - her's was Motomiya (Hongu) Toranosuke (also the student of Shiigi Keibun and Noda Seizan) whereas Sugino Yoshio...
  23. Dave Lowry on the Relationship Between Tea Ceremony and Edo Martial Traditions

    I have posted an excellent new essay by Dave Lowry within my Kogenbudo blog, discussing the essence of tea ceremony and its simulacrum--training within a traditional martial way. Tea ceremony has...
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    Just starting the paper now. But just to give a...

    Just starting the paper now. But just to give a little context - Michael Wert is an exemplary scholar (I'm in his debt regarding information he provided concerning Edo sword schools for Old School),...
  25. New Revised Edition of Dueling with O-sensei Released

    Dueling with O-sensei was published in 2000. It was a ground-breaking book then, and with its upcoming expanded edition, promises to be so again. Iconoclastic, rebellious, yet fiercely holding to...
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