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    I can't really speak to how it is with Aikido in...

    I can't really speak to how it is with Aikido in particular, but I've found that in the art I practice as a kyu rank when I approach yudansha at seminars and ask if I can work in with them they're...
  2. My instructor says that if we're not practicing...

    My instructor says that if we're not practicing and conditioning outside of class, we're not really getting very much out of coming to class.

    I try to get to the gym at least every day there's no...
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    Thank you, Daniel. You've given me a lot to chew...

    Thank you, Daniel. You've given me a lot to chew on.
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    Interesting thread. OK, I concur, on the...

    Interesting thread.



    OK, I concur, on the basis of your use of the term 'should'. A further question: If you've put in the dedication, pain, and sacrifice, forged bonds of common brotherhood,...
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    Ah, yes. The coveted camouflage belt. Perfect for...

    Ah, yes. The coveted camouflage belt. Perfect for when you're training deep in enemy territory and need to keep a low profile.
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    If you'll humor me: Why?

    If you'll humor me:

    Why?
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    Onigiri Technique

    When I was a little boy, my adopted auntie Eiko used to make onigiri for me by hand, shaping the rice into little bunny faces and featuring them with nori wrap or peas to make me giggle.

    I decided...
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    I see what you did there. :) Pain is certainly...

    I see what you did there. :)

    Pain is certainly no fun, but it's temporary. The looks I get from the guys in the locker room at the YMCA when I wander from locker to shower wearing nothing but a...
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    Not at all. I know. I didn't think you...

    Not at all.



    I know. I didn't think you were trying to talk down to me, and I always enjoy the camraderie associated with sharing information. :D
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    Was that the last you saw of them, or did they...

    Was that the last you saw of them, or did they come back to train?
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    Thank you for reminding me. I currently train...

    Thank you for reminding me. I currently train Bujinkan three times per week - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On every off day except Sunday, I either run an athletics trail located at a pond nearby...
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    Personal opinion: if getting (and showing off)...

    Personal opinion: if getting (and showing off) bruises and other superficial injuries isn't fun, that person should perhaps find a different method of exercise/personal expression/whatever.

    With...
  13. "Quit smoking, or I'll stab you in the earlobe...

    "Quit smoking, or I'll stab you in the earlobe with a needle."

    I guess I can see how that might be somewhat motivational.
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    At a guess, I'd say it has something to do with...

    At a guess, I'd say it has something to do with the following excerpt from tenet 4 of the Bujinkan Guidelines, which can be found at http://www.bujinkan.com/guidelines.htm :



    If we're still...
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    Thank you - it's good to be back. I figure...

    Thank you - it's good to be back.



    I figure the basics classes are there whether I go to the high intensity classes or not, and I like to get in as much training as possible. The soreness...
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    General Moaning

    I just got back into Bujinkan training this last week after a hiatus of several years and have discovered 2 things:


    Taijutsu is a perishable skill
    I'm just as sore this time as the first time...
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    Ah. I misunderstood. Thank you for clarifying.

    Ah. I misunderstood. Thank you for clarifying.
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    Yep - the topics are still valid. :D

    Yep - the topics are still valid. :D
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    In a self defence mode against a trained martial...

    In a self defence mode against a trained martial artist of that bulk, I would *highly* recommend the 'two .38 caliber slugs in the pelvis' technique, repeated as necessary until the bastard goes...
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    Speaking from a student's perspective, I *want*...

    Speaking from a student's perspective, I *want* my training partners to help me train. When I know something's not quite right with my technique, and it's not plainly obvious to me, I nearly *always*...
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    Who knows - you lot may have missed out on an...

    Who knows - you lot may have missed out on an incredible opportunity. :)
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    This is not necessarily strictly a women's issue....

    This is not necessarily strictly a women's issue. When I was first getting involved with the Bujinkan, a long-time friend of mine became curious a few months in and decided to attend a few classes...
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    Too male for what? EDIT: Oop - looks like this...

    Too male for what?

    EDIT: Oop - looks like this question was answered, and I posted before reading. My bad.
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    I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when I...

    I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when I was in my early 20s. At that time, I had some Shotokan and Aikido under my belt, neither of which had really hit the mark for me.

    I seem to have...
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    Poll: Please post a photograph. I'm interested in...

    Please post a photograph. I'm interested in different interpretations of tengu.
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