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    They are not real koryu. They seem to be a tate...

    They are not real koryu. They seem to be a tate (stagefighting) group that works from material which is mostly authentic.

    FWIW I have heard they are nice guys, and haven't heard anything...
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    There are seem to be some assumptions behind your...

    There are seem to be some assumptions behind your questions and I'd like to ask you about them a little bit here to maybe get this conversation off the ground.

    What do you find problematic and...
  3. So there is a Kuroda-han Yagyu Shinkage ryu group...

    So there is a Kuroda-han Yagyu Shinkage ryu group - which looks to be different - that has created a facebook page and they have some videos up:

    https://www.facebook.com/shyuyukan/?fref=nf
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  4. The thing that I found interesting was the four...

    The thing that I found interesting was the four or five times the guy in black completely redirected the guy in gray. While it did neutralize the guy in gray's charge, the guy in gray was basically...
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    Thanks Cady. What types of weapons do they train...

    Thanks Cady. What types of weapons do they train with?
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    Cady, just curious if you saw enough to comment:...

    Cady, just curious if you saw enough to comment: does everyday training in his system work like one of these seminars, aiki-mode stuff, technique that is demonstrated but not really taught per se,...
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    Kano's Judo is jujutsu though. :)

    Kano's Judo is jujutsu though. :)
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    Have you ever talked to a native Japanese speaker...

    Have you ever talked to a native Japanese speaker about this issue? Japanese folks do not tend to use terms like jujutsu, judo, aikido, kendo as what I would call "proper nouns" in English. They are...
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    Ha! Nope, that's me confusing the letters of the...

    Ha! Nope, that's me confusing the letters of the alphabet.
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    There is an entry in Dr. Hall's encyclopedia on...

    There is an entry in Dr. Hall's encyclopedia on this ryu. With cites.
  11. Nooooo.....please don't. It may be a quality...

    Nooooo.....please don't.

    It may be a quality modern sort of hobby / cosplay piece, but it is not a "katana." The blade morphology is wrong, and it has no koshirae.

    If $650 won't break your bank...
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    What I find really interesting about this group...

    What I find really interesting about this group is that, if you ignore the kenbu-ish cadence of their kata, they look like a total blending of Kashima and Katori styles of Shinto ryu.

    And they...
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    FWIW, traditional Daito ryu is kata based and...

    FWIW, traditional Daito ryu is kata based and works like a koryu. Everything about attack and technique is very structured.

    One of the problems Aikido has is that there is an understanding that...
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    I presume you mean a vertical striking motion and...

    I presume you mean a vertical striking motion and not horizontal. :)

    Long story short, the problems you raise were real and were very carefully considered by founders of the koryu kenjutsu...
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    I don't think all questions are created equal...

    I don't think all questions are created equal though. It is certainly one thing to be forthcoming to someone who is polite and friendly, and seems to understand enough about what they are asking...
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    Hi Chris, What are your opinions on the...

    Hi Chris,

    What are your opinions on the different view of mind/body dualism in pre-modern Japanese culture vs Western thought?

    In Western thought we have a concept of mind/body dualism that is...
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    You named your martial art after Chris Li's dojo?

    You named your martial art after Chris Li's dojo?
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    The ability to act calmly under pressure, even in...

    The ability to act calmly under pressure, even in the face of death, is the most important psychological attribute for any warrior to have. Developing this psychological attribute is not an easy...
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    I had a phase between my three and seven year...

    I had a phase between my three and seven year mark of Aikido training where i attended a bunch of seminars that were just incredibly inspirational. The exact kind of mind-blowing experience we Aikido...
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    Mr Serra, I didn't find your judgment of Russ...

    Mr Serra,

    I didn't find your judgment of Russ based on the youtube video to be polite. I felt as though you started this thread based on a doubt as to the authenticity of Hoten ryu, so to judge...
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    Sorry, Mr Serra, but I can't really provide any...

    Sorry, Mr Serra, but I can't really provide any illumination for you here. Perhaps if you go count the pleats of your hakama a few times you will gain some inspiration.
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    I don't know. I'm usually in the Tokyo area when...

    I don't know. I'm usually in the Tokyo area when I visit Japan and haven't even been down to that neck of the woods.
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    Russ Ebert wrote that wikipedia article. He's...

    Russ Ebert wrote that wikipedia article. He's been doing koryu in the Nagoya area for a couple of decades. There are a lot of lesser-known ryuha in that region of Japan that were totally obscure...
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    I've got a copy of "Budo Training in Aikido"...

    I've got a copy of "Budo Training in Aikido" which I believe is the oft-maligned translation of Budo Renshu.

    With regard to the principles-through-waza method in Aikido teaching, how prevalent is...
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    Well, in general, I believe they are the same...

    Well, in general, I believe they are the same thing.

    As far as Aikido in the ASU is concerned, that's what we do, instructor demonstrates, students pair off and train. That's how Saotome Sensei...
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