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    Other than having trained a handful of times with...

    Other than having trained a handful of times with Jeff Christian, no it's not. My ninpo odyssey technically started with Joe Maurantonio (at the time under SKH, like everybody else, but I only went...
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    That's my point, in three words and without the...

    That's my point, in three words and without the facetiousness. Is it fair to say Zoughari wouldn't be considered a disinterested arbiter? I don't think any reasonable person wants a whole CSI...
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    I feel just fine, thanks, especially since this...

    I feel just fine, thanks, especially since this was far from the only reason I left, but I do sincerely appreciate your concern.

    (Makes life easier when we only paint in black and white, doesn't...
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    With due respect to Tanemura S., I gotta say...

    With due respect to Tanemura S., I gotta say that's hee-frickin-larious!

    I think only Tanaka Fumon comes close to this level of multi-tasking.

    Hoping we can all take a joke...
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    This is what's up with Liz....

    This is what's up with Liz. As for training, no, but as you'll see she's definitely found her Way.
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    Does sound kinda goofy. I mean, how old would...

    Does sound kinda goofy. I mean, how old would Ueno have been in the 20s anyway? And who would have been Takamatsu's students or associates in the 20s? Masaji Kimura?

    While I have my own issues...
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    Ah no...

    My deepest condolences and strongest intentions go to Bud and his family.
  8. And it sometimes leads to puerile, defensive...

    And it sometimes leads to puerile, defensive lashing out such as that demonstrated in your post, friend. You don't know me, what I do, what I think or where I live, so please don't front. It does...
  9. I'm just building off your premise that someone a...

    I'm just building off your premise that someone a little less zealously biased than Shinobi presents evidence that the scrolls predate Takamatsu. We're just spitballin' here. I didn't say I...
  10. Wouldn't hurt, but that's only part of the...

    Wouldn't hurt, but that's only part of the picture -- there's plenty of paper flying around for long-dead ryu-ha. Heck, some folks not only make it a hobby to collect such paper but some folks even...
  11. Just a theory, which I'm betting won't be...

    Just a theory, which I'm betting won't be terribly popular, but I suspect it may be because somewhere deep, deep inside, hidden in places they don't like to talk about at dinner parties ;) , there's...
  12. OK, OK, UNCLE, I give up! You SAW it, with your...

    OK, OK, UNCLE, I give up! You SAW it, with your eyes, and it looked old, and maybe even had an old date on it. I wish you had said so sooner, it would've saved me a lot of keystrokes and heartache....
  13. The bar just gets higher and higher, doesn't it...

    The bar just gets higher and higher, doesn't it Don? So what's the next level going to be, only people named "Masaaki Hatsumi" can have an intelligent opinion about people named "Masaaki Hatsumi"?
    ...
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    Thank you very kindly!

    Thank you very kindly!
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    Generations

    What is the average number of generations for legitimate koryu? I ask because I've seen claims of 34 ;) and even 55 generations which seem curious if koryu didn't exist as distinct systematizations...
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    Actually, that first one looks just like a noto...

    Actually, that first one looks just like a noto from one of the iaijutsu kata in Hontai Yoshin-ryu. The rest...?
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    Ummm,...that's fraud, isn't it? But as long as...

    Ummm,...that's fraud, isn't it? But as long as the KoolAid, er, I mean whiskey tastes good, who cares (cf. LionsRoar for a more comprehensive exegesis on this)?

    Slainte mhath,
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    1900s China. Kidding, kidding...

    1900s China.

    Kidding, kidding...
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    I have a mind like a steel sieve

    Rob Stevens...a name I haven't heard in a while. At one point he was a Jinenkan dan-rank holder, but I don't remember him getting to sandan or dojo-cho (despite wanting it in the worst way). I also...
  20. I seem to recall that Hatsumi was an advisor on...

    I seem to recall that Hatsumi was an advisor on the movie...I remember seeing a picture in Tetsuzan (or was it Sanmyaku?) of him dressed in shinobi shozoku addressing the producer (whose name I don't...
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    Dear Uusoksa Sensei, I would be interested to...

    Dear Uusoksa Sensei,

    I would be interested to know what happened in that situation. All I know of Yasumoto Sensei is that his skill has been described to me as marvelous.

    Thank you.
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    Moushiwake arimasen deshita

    While we're already off topic, let me take this moment to apologize for anything I posted that was offensive, too personal or outright nasty. I got caught up in the volley of debate and, in trying...
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    Well, I know Muramatsu Sensei extricated himself...

    Well, I know Muramatsu Sensei extricated himself from the powerfully-applied full nelson of a much larger man,...but then, that's Muramatsu. :) Not something I'd recommend trying for the rest of us.
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    Turning the question around a bit, has anyone...

    Turning the question around a bit, has anyone ever seen a koryu jujutsu with (1) as many and (2) as unusual 'kamae' as Gyokko and Koto-ryu? For example, GR hicho-no-kamae? Seems more like...
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    Not to throw a wet blanket on things, but it is...

    Not to throw a wet blanket on things, but it is known that Hatsumi Sensei is a collector of makimono -- he has makimono on traditions he never directly studied. It's like someone in the West...
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