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    Well they may not be necessary on an Internet...

    Well they may not be necessary on an Internet forum, but you should be careful to use them correctly in front of Japanese people as 呼び捨て (using names with no honorific title) is very rude indeed.
  2. Thread: Japanese God ?

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    Actually I don't think it's a Niou, but rather...

    Actually I don't think it's a Niou, but rather one of the Shitenou (四天王 ー four heavenly kings). Could be Bishamonten (毘沙門天)
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    Not this Tenshinsho Jigen-ryu though.

    Not this Tenshinsho Jigen-ryu though.
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    There are a few documents about various Hojutsu...

    There are a few documents about various Hojutsu ryuha on this website.

    Search for 砲術 and 19 documents come up.

    This guy's blog also has a few interesting bits a few pages in.
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    Don't know much about Kyujutsu really, but...

    Don't know much about Kyujutsu really, but Satsuma Heki Ryu 薩摩日置流 practice in full armour and also do group exercises in formation.

    You can see them here
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    Good videos I guess, but I suppose nobody asked...

    Good videos I guess, but I suppose nobody asked for permission before sticking them up on Youtube.

    Bit of a grey area really. Performing an embu in front of a few hundred people is a little...
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    Koryu Densho (scrolls & transmission documents)

    Found this site while browsing the other day...

    http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/index.html

    There are a few documents relating to koryu kenjutsu, hojutsu and archery. Of particular...
  8. In Satsuma all samurai boys over the age of 6...

    In Satsuma all samurai boys over the age of 6 participated in goju kyoiku (郷中教育), essentially local district schools spread throughout the domain.

    They were required to study confucian classics,...
  9. Sticky: Since I got married buying things is forbidden,...

    Since I got married buying things is forbidden, especially weapons. :cry:

    The tsuka for Satsuma goshirae are a bit longer than most nihonto, and they sometimes have curvature inverse to that of...
  10. Thread: Habiki Gekiken

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    Interesting video. I also wondered what this...

    Interesting video. I also wondered what this would look like. The first pictures I saw of this habikito gekiken thing were in some kind of wrestling ring, so I thought it was a bit of a spectacle,...
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    Noda-ha Niten Ichi ryu are based in Kumamoto. I...

    Noda-ha Niten Ichi ryu are based in Kumamoto. I think the present soke is called Araki.

    Hyoho Niten Ichi ryu are based in Fukuoka/Kitakyushu. Present soke is Iwami Toshio.

    I saw them both...
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    The max blade length was supposed to be 2 shaku 3...

    The max blade length was supposed to be 2 shaku 3 sun 5 bu.

    From looking at many surviving Satsuma koshirae it appears that the ruling was totally ignored in Satsuma.
  13. Thread: Group Kata

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    Most koryu kenjutsu are suhada kenpo. Also I...

    Most koryu kenjutsu are suhada kenpo.

    Also I have never seen Tennen Rishin-ryu doing any group kata. The might do Iai kata individually in a group, but there isn't any interaction between...
  14. Thread: Updated look

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    Sorry, but I'm not keen. The big 武 with the...

    Sorry, but I'm not keen.

    The big 武 with the rising sun is pretty tacky I reckon.
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    The caption says Kashima Shinto-ryu sword song.

    The caption says Kashima Shinto-ryu sword song.
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    Well I suppose it's possible to see some...

    Well I suppose it's possible to see some similarities if you look at them side by side. I don't really know much about Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Enpi, so I'll take your word for that. We did do embu right...
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    Jigen Ryu training consists of suburi, tategi...

    Jigen Ryu training consists of suburi, tategi uchi (striking a tree) and kata practice.

    Jigen Ryu Enpi is not really directly related to Yagyu Ryu. It bears a link to Taisha Ryu, but the main...
  18. Nice vid, thanks for posting.... This one is...

    Nice vid, thanks for posting....

    This one is good...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So31c7mTT5k&feature=related
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    I agree with what Josh is saying. While there is...

    I agree with what Josh is saying. While there is a wealth of koryu martial ats in Kumamoto, the best bet for a short stay might be to look for some gendai budo which you could potentially continue...
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    Well that's right next to Suizenji, which is...

    Well that's right next to Suizenji, which is where the Kumamoto Budokan is located. Don't know about the dorms.

    Suizenji koen is a lovely Japanese garden btw.

    There's also a nice sword shop...
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    If you are only coming for a year, don't expect...

    If you are only coming for a year, don't expect to learn anything special while you train here.

    Where in Kumamoto will you be based?

    The schools that spring to mind in Kumamoto are

    Taisha...
  22. Shimazu Shigehide was into Western trinkets...

    Shimazu Shigehide was into Western trinkets during the late 1700's, well before the Meiji era. His grandson Nariakira was the real innovator of Western ideas and technology.

    I think you are...
  23. The text says Tennen Rishin Ryu Bojutsu. Just...

    The text says Tennen Rishin Ryu Bojutsu.

    Just found these pictures of the Bo Odori in Kuginono (North Kagoshima)...
  24. In Kagoshima a method of weapons training for...

    In Kagoshima a method of weapons training for farmers disguised as a folk dance was created to teach rokushaku bo, sanjyaku bo (maybe sword) and a number of other implements including kama. There are...
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    I'm with Josh and Kent on this. You just have to...

    I'm with Josh and Kent on this. You just have to know who to ask and were to look.

    In Kagoshima City alone there is Jigen Ryu Hyoho, Yakumaru Jigen Ryu, Satsuma Kage no Ryu, Kurama Yoshin Ryu,...
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