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    Update 4

    Unfortunately, though not entirely to my surprise, this discussion has drawn some major repercussions from exactly the kind of people I named in my letter as standing in the way of progress for...
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    Hello Peter-sensei! Thanks for the support! ...

    Hello Peter-sensei!

    Thanks for the support! :-)

    It sounds like the situation in Aikido has some similar elements to it I am not surprised, though it's sad to hear, of course.

    That does...
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    It's shining through in her speeches sometimes....

    It's shining through in her speeches sometimes. If You have the big white book ("This is SK"), You can find it in her remarks there, as well.

    I addressed most of the other points in my letter, did...
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    It is, though one woman at the top does not...

    It is, though one woman at the top does not necessarily mean the whole organisation does not have a problem with women in leadership positions.
    Also Sō Yuki has hinted at having encountered problems...
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    Update 3

    Let's start with the positive:
    My letter is still making the rounds and I have been informed of discussions in several dojo about this important issue. It's good to hear that people continue to talk...
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    Gasshō Max-sensei! Thanks for Your reply and...

    Gasshō Max-sensei!

    Thanks for Your reply and please excuse the long delay in answering.
    I agree with Your points, but feel like it's important to also point out that all of these arguments...
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    Italian translation

    The Italian translation is now also complete.
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    Second addendum: The United Kingdom Shorinji...

    Second addendum:
    The United Kingdom Shorinji Kempo Federation has now also come forward with a public statement of support.
    Arigato gozaimashita!
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    Addendum to update 2: Shorinji Kempo Netherlands...

    Addendum to update 2:
    Shorinji Kempo Netherlands has just also issued a message of official support for this cause. :-)
    Arigato gozaimashita!
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    Update 2

    Well, that is a bleak outlook for sure. Who knows, maybe bringing in more women by working for true equality would even give an infusion of new people, ideas, and enthusiasm that could turn such a...
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    Hmm, I don't think I can see that So, would...

    Hmm, I don't think I can see that

    So, would You say that (gendai) budo is a more traditional part of Japanese society? I suppose that would explain a lot
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    Yes, time's change :-/ Is there any way to...

    Yes, time's change :-/
    Is there any way to tell if there are actual human page views?
    We're linking back to this thread from Facebook, eMails, etc., so people should be able to find it...
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    Update and German version

    It seems that eBudo is not that popular as a discussion forum anymore.
    But I suppose it can still serve as an easily accessible archive, so I'll post an update, as well as attach the German...
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    PS: If anyone is interested in sharing their...

    PS: If anyone is interested in sharing their experiences and opinions on this topic, but doesn't want to do so publicly, I can offer to send it to me and I'll publish it anonymously!
    Even if You...
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    The Letter

    Open letter to Hombu and all Kenshi
    by Jan Lipsius,
    Sandan Chukenshi, Fukushibucho Humboldt University Berlin Branch Germany

    During the first WSKO Online Seminar Official Class on June 19th,...
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    Open Letter to Hombu

    Gasshō!

    I have recently addressed a topic that I see as a fundamental and urgent problem in Shorinjikempo (and elsewhere) in an open letter to hombu.
    It is my hope that an open discussion on this...
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    Gassho! That's great news, congratulations! ...

    Gassho!

    That's great news, congratulations! :-)
    Good luck with the new branch!

    Kesshu,
    ______ Jan.
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    Gassho!

    Thanks for the answers so far!
    I'll hold of just a tad longer with my own views and post this rebuttal instead again without saying what I think of it myself. Nothing like a little...
  19. Should Shorinjikempo (and Budo in general) be advertised as (women's) self-defense?

    Gassho!

    I have dealt with this question for a number of years now, and recently stumbled upon this article.
    While the author's unfortunately anonymous and the article's somewhat repetitive, it's...
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    How is the term "dojo" used in Japan?

    Gassho!

    Here in the west we tend to use the Japanese term dojo very broadly for both any place where we train and the groups we train in. When in Japan, I heard that this isn't necessarily the...
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    Movie time!

    "Karlstad Shibu The Movie" (aka "Killing Machine You Softly"), coming soon to a theatre near You. I'm game! :D

    JL
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    Arigato! Imagine how much it would help to...

    Arigato!
    Imagine how much it would help to understand Japanese! :(

    JL
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    Gassho! Two questions about nidan hokei that...

    Gassho!

    Two questions about nidan hokei that might be typos:
    - Week 19 has "gyaku tembin dori" which seems to mean okuri tembin dori (from the description and also from the overview at the back,...
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    Hello Nathaniel! Kenshi is the official term,...

    Hello Nathaniel!

    Kenshi is the official term, Shorinji-ka isn't a word (that I know of). :)
    Your guess about the monk's robes is spot on: Shorinjikempo is based on Kongo Zen Buddhism and...
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    Gassho! They had the kamoku, but not the...

    Gassho!

    They had the kamoku, but not the tokuhon at hand. Which makes sense, then, I suppose.

    Kesshu,
    ______ Jan.
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