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    Didn't realize this was shopping Martin. Should...

    Didn't realize this was shopping Martin. Should visit the forum more often again.
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    Typical copy/paste problem. I first wrote the...

    Typical copy/paste problem. I first wrote the Romaji (and left out the macrons because of the typing effort) and then added the kanji. Should have done it the other way round. Just think that Water...
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    The Aizu line of Mizoguchi Ha Itto-ryu (this is...

    The Aizu line of Mizoguchi Ha Itto-ryu (this is the line that survived) consists indeed of 5 odachi and 3 kodachi kata. These kata are quite different from what one can see in other Itto Ryu lines...
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    Matthew, In "Budo, the Martial Ways of Japan, a...

    Matthew,
    In "Budo, the Martial Ways of Japan, a publication of the Nippon Budokan (published for their 45th anniversary) there is a synopsis of 30 Kobudo schools.
    Amongst them Maniwa Nen-ryu...
  5. I havenít posted here for a while but this...

    I havenít posted here for a while but this question got my attention.
    If I were in your shoes, I would ask myself the question: what is most important for me at this stage: develop my skill set or...
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    I do train from a distance in both Hontai...

    I do train from a distance in both Hontai Yoshin-ryu and Ono Ha itto-ryu. But this is only possible with good guidance (similar to what Ellis Amdur suggested). We did it for Hontai Yoshin-ryu but...
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    Inoue Tsuyoshi Munetoshi

    INOUE Tsuyoshi Munetoshi (1925-2014): 18th soke of Hontai Yoshin-ryu passed away today
    Inoue soke started to train in ďKodokanĒ judo at a young age but has been also very active in other gendai budo...
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    Kitō-ryū (起倒流), founded in the 17th century by...

    Kitō-ryū (起倒流), founded in the 17th century by Fukuno and Terada, is a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai and is catalogued as Jujutsu, hence the name Kito-ryu Jujutsu.

    I believe the current...
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    I am not short (1.86m), nevertheless even then,...

    I am not short (1.86m), nevertheless even then, hikite has not to be neglected during nukitsuke.

    HYR doesnít claim whatsoever, in fact in most kata (whether it is against chobo, hanbo, kodachi or...
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    In Hontai Yoshin Ryu, the kumitachi in bojutsu...

    In Hontai Yoshin Ryu, the kumitachi in bojutsu are usually trained with bokuto, usual practice of HYR iaijutsu is performed with an iaito but for some kata (kodachi and kumidachi) at some stage,...
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    I realize, we probably were too much carried away...

    I realize, we probably were too much carried away (at least I was) by the use of longer swords in different schools that we forgot the initial question about the origin of a bokuto.

    Also, when we...
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    When I told you to ask Colin, i should have been...

    When I told you to ask Colin, i should have been more precise, he is Watkin Sensei, so sure I am aware of his website and the article on koryu.com.

    I am not sure though how o-dachi is currently...
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    I believe people from the Shunpukan dojo are...

    I believe people from the Shunpukan dojo are primarily doing Owari Kan-ryu, which is a spear school.

    I understand that besides sojutsu (Owari Kan-ryu ) they also do kenjutsu (indeed Yagyu...
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    I thought the long swords of Kage-ryu were only...

    I thought the long swords of Kage-ryu were only used when fighting in Yoroi (armour). I am not aware if they use long bokuto but when it comes to Kage-ryu, you should ask Colin (hyaku).

    In my...
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    Oishi Susumu Tametsugu (1798-1865) was known to...

    Oishi Susumu Tametsugu (1798-1865) was known to make life difficult of dojo in Kyushu with his extreme long shinai (1.5m bamboo training sword) but I thought the bokuto was of normal length, but...
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    I used to make some notes on different schools...

    I used to make some notes on different schools whenever I read about them but these notes are brief, so nothing you probably donít know:

    Anazawa-ryu: sogo bujutsu (mainly naginata and bo) founded...
  17. This is also what we do. Nevertheless both roles...

    This is also what we do. Nevertheless both roles (uke/uchikata and tori/shikata)are studied.
  18. The role of “UKE” is important. However I think...

    The role of “UKE” is important. However I think the statement “ beginners should not be given the role of uke” to be too dogmatic.

    In kenjutsu, “UCHIKATA”, the one undergoing the techniques but...
  19. I haven't seen much on "onna bugeisha" In...

    I haven't seen much on "onna bugeisha"

    In Oyamazumi Jinja (which has more than two-thirds of Japan's designated national treasures in swords, spears, armors,....), I was able to see the only...
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    The topic of Chatan Yara (no) Kusanku has been...

    The topic of Chatan Yara (no) Kusanku has been coming up for some years on different sites on the internet but I havenít followed these kind of discussions for a while, so you might do a new search....
  21. I had to think on something I read, some time...

    I had to think on something I read, some time ago, on Nakayama Hakudo on kenshi247.net (blog/2011/02/14/a-lineage-all-but-forgotten-the-yushinkan-nakayama-hakudo) and I went back to the article: ...
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    My point is, when living in Japan, it is a great...

    My point is, when living in Japan, it is a great opportunity to get involved with some good budo (whether gendai or koryu) and things should not be over mystified. Of course there are rules to follow...
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    Indeed, moreover I didnít know there was Katori...

    Indeed, moreover I didnít know there was Katori Shinto Ryu in Osaka, so I donít understand why someone in Kansai should be frightened by rules, governing schools in Chiba prefecture.

    I do know...
  24. I do realise this is the ďgendai section and I...

    I do realise this is the ďgendai section and I tend to approach it from a koryu view.

    Nevertheless I found the blog stimulating and useful to reflect upon.

    I hope I donít shift the discussion...
  25. The title of the thread is a little confusing:...

    The title of the thread is a little confusing: ďDo you practice the basics? And by basics I mean breathing and walkingĒ.

    Certainly for someone who is conditioned to translate training the basics...
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