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    You might find this interesting. Sinister...

    You might find this interesting.

    Sinister Swordsmanship.
  2. Very nice, Ellis! Need to fix that last link,...

    Very nice, Ellis! Need to fix that last link, though.
  3. Thank you!

    Thank you!
  4. That's not a problem.

    That's not a problem.
  5. I am neither offended nor insulted, but I share...

    I am neither offended nor insulted, but I share Ellis's bemusement.


    Of course my arguments were generalized. We were talking in generalities. As to tradition and anachronism, I think you have...
  6. Actually, I have made no argument to that...

    Actually, I have made no argument to that particular question. I'm merely pointing out that "Off the Warpath" addresses the applicability of ryuha training to battlefields of that time, and thus...
  7. "Off the Warpath" makes a very clear case that...

    "Off the Warpath" makes a very clear case that budo ryuha were not the primary engines of samurai combat training. What it does not make the case for is that they were "anachronistic," i.e., not in...
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    Okay, I'll bite. Given the swordsman's hitoemi...

    Okay, I'll bite. Given the swordsman's hitoemi posture, why wouldn't he have the sword, wrist, and tsuka in that position?
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    I remember studying aikido in the U.S., and...

    I remember studying aikido in the U.S., and everyone referred to Ueshiba Morihei as "Osensei". And since we called whoever was teaching "Sensei", there seemed to be a kind of personal connection. ...
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    Just to add to Chris's notes on Tsuki no Sho and...

    Just to add to Chris's notes on Tsuki no Sho and seigousui, the original Japanese is "ketsu" -- in modern parlance synonymous with "buttocks" (roughly similar to English "ass" or "arse"). However,...
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    I'm in love with Yagyu Shinkage-ryu kata. Well,...

    I'm in love with Yagyu Shinkage-ryu kata. Well, I say, "kata," but as a matter of fact, neither the word "kata" nor either of its variant kanji show up in Shinkage-ryu materials. The oldest kata,...
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    Since it might of interest to folks here, here's...

    Since it might of interest to folks here, here's a repost of the response I gave Peter on Facebook.

    In Shinkage-ryu, mushin is intricately involved with "heijoushin" -- everyday mind. So in that...
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    It's not so much special to YSR as special to...

    It's not so much special to YSR as special to Zen. Note that the definition also includes, "attachment, distraction". The Japanese dictionary includes such things as 物にとらわれた心 "a mind captured by...
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    The word 有心 exists in Japanese, only it's...

    The word 有心 exists in Japanese, only it's pronounced ushin.

    http://ejje.weblio.jp/content/有心

    I personally don't believe ushin is necessary to have mushin, though. Ushin is more like the state...
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    It's definitely running. The guy handling the...

    It's definitely running. The guy handling the address has been a bit busy lately, though. I'll check with some folks from my end, and see if we can't get you a reply.
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    Whoops. Got cut off there. This should read, "I...

    Whoops. Got cut off there. This should read, "I don't know to what degree he travels to the U.S. for instruction."


    Well, it's difficult to explain and I don't know if it's obvious for a...
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    Yagyu Shinkage-ryu at Kenzen Dojo is a branch of...

    Yagyu Shinkage-ryu at Kenzen Dojo is a branch of the Yagyukai, run under the auspices of Yagyu Koichi, 22nd soke of YSR. He comes to New York once a year to view and instruct practice.

    The...
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    Nobuharu-sensei's brother died quite young, not...

    Nobuharu-sensei's brother died quite young, not in the war. And perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Nobuharu-sensei was the first to have a vocation aside from teaching kenjutsu. His...
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    Speaking only personally, I'm not particularly...

    Speaking only personally, I'm not particularly impressed with the video of fast Glock shooting above. By which I mean, obviously he has a high level of technical skill, but it doesn't really speak...
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    Mainline Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Heiho Yagyukai...

    Mainline Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Heiho

    Yagyukai U.S.A.
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    This...

    This should be of reference.
  22. Just throwing this out there... The Japanese...

    Just throwing this out there...

    The Japanese term "ma" is often glossed as "space", and thus "ma'ai" glossed as "mutual space", or more idiomatically, "distance, reach."

    But more precisely "ma"...
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    "Good grief, dude, frickin' relax."

    "Good grief, dude, frickin' relax."
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    A sincere thank you for this clarification. ...

    A sincere thank you for this clarification.


    I would be very happy if, in an English-language context, you referred to Yagyu Koichi as Mr. Yagyu. In fact, I would prefer it. Please do. That is...
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    No, to be perfectly frank I don't care at all...

    No, to be perfectly frank I don't care at all about your ryu. I have an interest in the Nippon Kobudo Kyokai and Shinkokai, and the statements made about them in this particular thread. It's not...
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