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    Oh, I used to dream of having swords made out of...

    Oh, I used to dream of having swords made out of wood and bales for cutting.

    We had to wake up before we went to bed, use our own bodies as tameshigiri targets, using wet, used toilet paper as...
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    Mr. Blaker, For what it's worth, here's my...

    Mr. Blaker,

    For what it's worth, here's my experience with the Monkashō fellowship.

    A little background: I'm a computer science student and I spent one year at Kanda Gaigo Daigaku at Chiba, as...
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    Hello Mr. Luz-Alterman, The 11th generation...

    Hello Mr. Luz-Alterman,

    The 11th generation head of the Muhi Muteki ryū, Ōuchi Fujijirō Tadanobu, was also the 9th generation head of the (Iga Ryūha) Katsushin ryū. At some point in the history...
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    Sticky: Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!

    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!
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    Sticky: Koryu demonstrations & events in Japan

    Some shots from the last enbu at Kashima-Jingū.

    Nothing too special, but please note the copyright. If you want to use them on some other web page, publication, etc, please be kind enough to...
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    Thank you for the information Mr. Sharples. Would...

    Thank you for the information Mr. Sharples. Would you happen to know Ozaki sensei's lineage?
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    Just selfishly bringing this up a little bit, in...

    Just selfishly bringing this up a little bit, in case somebody with knowledge missed it on the first time around.

    "And now for something completely different: How to recognize different lineages...
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    Another literary reference I forgot on my first...

    Another literary reference I forgot on my first post: G. Cameron Hurst also discusses the historical and modern use of budo, bujutsu and bugei in his book "Armed Martial Arts of Japan".
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    I had the possibility to discuss this article...

    I had the possibility to discuss this article with prof. Friday some while ago. There's a thread about the article here at E-Budo, and after reading that I had some questions I wanted to ask prof....
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    Asayama Ichiden-ryu taijutsu

    Dear E-Budoka,

    I've understood that most of the Asayama Ichiden ryū practiced today comes either from Naganuma Tsuneyuki or Sakai Uichirō, both who were students of Ōkura Naoyuki.

    I've...
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    I think that Kondou Isami was originally from a...

    I think that Kondou Isami was originally from a farmer family and was adopted after he started to study Tennen Rishin ryuu, so that implies that Tennen Rishin ryuu was also trained by other classes...
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    Nice photos and nice idea to start a group. Only...

    Nice photos and nice idea to start a group. Only downside for me is that for some reason I don't like Flickr at all :)

    I just recently got into photography (got my very first camera only 4 years...
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    Wise word Mr, Reyer. In fact prof. Friday...

    Wise word Mr, Reyer.

    In fact prof. Friday writes: "It [ryuha bugei education] fostered character traits and tactical acumen that made those who practice it better warriors". I doubt that for...
  14. To paraphrase professor Karl Friday, kata...

    To paraphrase professor Karl Friday, kata training is mostly misunderstood in the western world and amongst the people familiar with modern systems (as contra koryu).

    Excellent introduction to...
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    Sticky: Haha

    I think that must be the Oroka ryu 愚流 (BRDJ, 武芸流派大根辞典, pp. 458) performing their ninjutsu like techniques. The techniques were developed during Edo period to sneak into the freakiest parts of the...
  16. Thread: Suicidal Japan ?

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    Mr. Vredeveldt, Thank you for the updated...

    Mr. Vredeveldt,

    Thank you for the updated list. It indeed seems that Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union nations not included, Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide.

    Come to think of...
  17. Thread: Suicidal Japan ?

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    I found a table from ca. 1991 onwards (to around...

    I found a table from ca. 1991 onwards (to around 1998 IIRC) from the International Academy For Suicide Research which listed Japan as being number 21 on the list. For example my home country Finland...
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    Sticky: Sadly I had to leave around 13:15 for my own...

    Sadly I had to leave around 13:15 for my own training :) I believe Tenjin Shin'yo ryu was after that..
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    Sticky: Jeffrey and Steve, Thanks for the...

    Jeffrey and Steve,

    Thanks for the clarification.
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    Sticky: Koryu demonstrations & events in Japan

    Here's a few shots I took at the Asakusa Riverside Sports Center last Saturday.

    Btw. could someone verify the name of the school, which I have labelled as Sosuishitsu ryu?
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    Sounds to me like a very typical situation for...

    Sounds to me like a very typical situation for any koryu. The more I read about the lineages, the more I get the impression that the lineages are linear only from looking back from one branches point...
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    There's a Kamakura Kobudo Enbu Taikai in...

    There's a Kamakura Kobudo Enbu Taikai in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (Kamakura) on the 4th of November starting from 9 a.m. The enbu is probably held at the dojo (see map below. If I did it right the cross...
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    I'm back to Tokyo and this time for a longer time...

    I'm back to Tokyo and this time for a longer time (contract for 3 years..).

    Any booze-ups coming up? :toast: :p
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    I think there are several books with old makimono...

    I think there are several books with old makimono and clearer transcripts of the handwriting. One rather extensive is the "Nihon Budô Taikei" which has 10 volumes.

    I think that it's been quite a...
  25. Thread: My own ryu-ha

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    I think the rule is: There is no rule. I...

    I think the rule is:

    There is no rule.

    I think that the naming of the school was a rather subjective thing. When the head of a line felt that he should change the school because:

    a) "I've...
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