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    I am quite certain that even having the kanji...

    I am quite certain that even having the kanji alone would not necessarily be that useful. Other identifying information about the school is also often necessary.

    Different characters were often...
  2. That is an excellent book review Rennis. Thanks...

    That is an excellent book review Rennis. Thanks again for taking the time to write it.

    Your review really shows what a deep understanding, through personal practice and historical research using...
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    However, as was also mentioned elsewhere in this...

    However, as was also mentioned elsewhere in this forum, the Genpei Seisuiki (which is an extended version of the Heike Monogatari and copied down from the oral songs of traveling blind biwa players)...
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    Yes, that was filmed at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto...

    Yes, that was filmed at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto on May 4th of this year.

    I was there taking pictures just outside of the frame.

    Regards,

    Ron Beaubien
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    Yes, that is Bitchuden Takenouchi-ryu. I could...

    Yes, that is Bitchuden Takenouchi-ryu. I could clearly see Ono Kancho and Anthony Abry in there.

    As for the techniques, I will defer to a member of the school like Ben Sharples who could better...
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    I believe he trained in Shindo Munen-ryu under...

    I believe he trained in Shindo Munen-ryu under Ogawa Takeshi sensei. I've seen a picture of them training together before. Perhaps it was even in the print edition of the Aiki News when that...
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    You should be aware that there were apparently...

    You should be aware that there were apparently problems with Nawa Yumio's Masaki-ryu lineage. I do not know the specifics of the situation, but I was told by one of the directors of the Nihon Kobudo...
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    Eric Weil, Sorry, I should have been more...

    Eric Weil,

    Sorry, I should have been more specific.

    My post was never intended for you, but for the other Eric, Eric Bell, instead. I clearly undertood what you had written, and a quote from...
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    You might want to read the interview before...

    You might want to read the interview before drawing any conclusions. Saito sensei didn't actually mention anything about fan fighting techniques in Koga-ryu.

    Instead, the most specific thing...
  10. I met Serge Mol in Kyoto a few years ago when he...

    I met Serge Mol in Kyoto a few years ago when he had returned to Japan for a short visit with his family. Although we didn't have much time to chat, I found him to be personable and sincere.


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    I'd like to say that I really liked your...

    I'd like to say that I really liked your instructor profile.

    http://www.liveoakdojo.com/instructor.html

    A lot of people have made false and undocumented claims over the years to have studied...
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    Sticky: The Asakusa demonstration is not so big, in my...

    The Asakusa demonstration is not so big, in my humble opinion. It is held in a medium sized tatami dojo and although there is enough space to have two groups demonstrate at once, there is very little...
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    Just to clarify what Ben wrote, working visas can...

    Just to clarify what Ben wrote, working visas can be extended indefinitely as the person is actively contributing to Japan Inc.

    I do know of a few people who tried the cultural visa route and...
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    When I was living in the Detroit area and...

    When I was living in the Detroit area and training with a dojo that was affiliated with the Japan Karate Association, there was a guy there who was said to have killed a person with a single punch. ...
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    Probably not... Unfortunately, many of the top...

    Probably not...

    Unfortunately, many of the top budoka who have lived in Japan and read Japanese, either rarely visit E-Budo.com or no longer post here. The busiest area now seems to the the...
  16. I love that joke! LOL!! Ron Beaubien

    I love that joke! LOL!!

    Ron Beaubien
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    Okabayashi Shogen founded his own martial art,...

    Okabayashi Shogen founded his own martial art, Hakuho-ryu, in 2002. Despite having some basis in koryu, it would be considered a modern system. Not bad, just new.

    If interested in Ono-ha Itto-ryu,...
  18. Thread: Kuro Obi

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    I used to train under Naka sensei at the Japan...

    I used to train under Naka sensei at the Japan Karate Association's Headquarters Dojo in Ebisu.

    He was really a wonderful person. Despite his great athletic ability he always treated everyone...
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    Brian, That is really great!...

    Brian,



    That is really great! Congratulations on shedding almost a fifth of your weight! I hope you will be able to keep it off in the future as well.

    Best regards,

    Ron Beaubien
  20. Yes, they were wearing their hakama backwards. So...

    Yes, they were wearing their hakama backwards. So much for authenticity in Bruce Lee movies...

    Actually, E-Budo forum member Wayne Muromoto wrote about the backwards hakama in Bruce Lee's Fist of...
  21. Thank you for contributing to the thread, Josh....

    Thank you for contributing to the thread, Josh. That is an excellent example and one which hadn't crossed my mind before.

    Regards,

    Ron Beaubien
  22. It certainly does take some of the fun out of...

    It certainly does take some of the fun out of shooting pictures...

    From what I have been told regarding the current situation, shooting on location is not a problem if I have the permission of...
  23. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I'm not a kendoka...

    I'm glad you enjoyed them. I'm not a kendoka either, but I enjoy photographing all kinds of traditional martial arts.



    I'd like to post some of my favorite photos, but unfortunately I'm unable...
  24. All Japan Kendo Federation's 2009 Photo Contest Results

    Although the results were officially announced by the All Japan Kendo Federation earlier this month, I'm just getting around to publishing them here.

    http://www.kendo.or.jp/picture/photo_13.html...
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    Kim, I had forgotten all about that...

    Kim,



    I had forgotten all about that project.

    I think it is really great that you have carried through on it even after all of these years.

    Regards,
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