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    Brilliant stuff, Kit. I'm going to have to think...

    Brilliant stuff, Kit. I'm going to have to think about doing one of his seminars now that my body would be able to withstand it a bit better.

    Josh
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    Man that's a great idea. And aside from the...

    Man that's a great idea. And aside from the training in weapons awareness, it seems like a foolproof way to avoid the tendency to slow down and start taking it easy when you get tired.

    Josh
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    Along the lines of what Josh R. wrote, one...

    Along the lines of what Josh R. wrote, one explanation I've seen (for hasso where the sword is held at a 45 degree angle) is that the sword and saya form the character for "eight", turned on its...
  4. Hi Nathan, Who is the translator? It doesn't...

    Hi Nathan,

    Who is the translator? It doesn't say on the webpage.

    Thanks,

    Josh
  5. Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto Ryu and Shinto Muso Ryu Demo in Seattle - April 18th

    There will be a demonstration of Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto Ryu and Shinto Muso Ryu by the members of the Shintokan Dojo at the Seattle Sakura Matsuri this year -

    Date: Saturday, April 18th
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    ATM machine The Way of Aikido/Kendo/etc.

    ATM machine

    The Way of Aikido/Kendo/etc.
  7. Chris, I've had a copy of that article for a...

    Chris,

    I've had a copy of that article for a few years, and my version of the Word document has "Theodore H. Pastor" as the author. I don't know if he wrote it, or if he just created the word...
  8. That is one of the most appropriate uses of that...

    That is one of the most appropriate uses of that typo that I have ever seen. Though I did once read an article about an ikebana teacher who did budo with her husband. The author of the article...
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    Actually, wingless cockroaches are an important...

    Actually, wingless cockroaches are an important trauma herb and often show up in both external trauma liniments and formulas used for internal use. In fact, I've got a gallon jar out in the storage...
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    It might be useful to invest in putting several...

    It might be useful to invest in putting several dents in the ceiling. Then, if you whack the ceiling, when the wife sees it and says "Is this new?", you can try to convince her that it's been there...
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    I liked the woman's comment at about 0:25 -...

    I liked the woman's comment at about 0:25 - "Cousin Itt."
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    Hi Dan, Sorry, I forgot to say . . . Happy...

    Hi Dan,

    Sorry, I forgot to say . . . Happy Holidays back at 'ya.

    Josh
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    Hi Jim, I was assuming that most people...

    Hi Jim,

    I was assuming that most people understand tanren to mean anything that is done to forge yourself, to strengthen yourself. But I usually don't use the word, so I haven't thought much about...
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    Hi Jim, I realize you are trying to engage...

    Hi Jim,

    I realize you are trying to engage Dan, but I thought I would throw this in the mix anyway.

    I would suggest that the question of whether or not something is tanren isn't a particularly...
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    Another good resource is the book "A Brief...

    Another good resource is the book "A Brief History of Qi" by Zhang Yu Huan and Ken Rose. It is a study of the concept of qi in Chinese history and culture, and how it has changed over time and...
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    I wouldn't denigrate the fish at Tsukiji by...

    I wouldn't denigrate the fish at Tsukiji by comparing them to these guys. These guys can only dream of being that fishy. I had sushi at Sushiko across the street from the fish market a few weeks ago,...
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    Hi Lorel - Good luck finding something. Keep us...

    Hi Lorel - Good luck finding something. Keep us posted if you do.

    Josh
  18. The conditions of a solitary ninja are five: ...

    The conditions of a solitary ninja are five:

    First, that it flips out to the highest point.

    Second, that it does not seek after company, not even hot babes. Except sometimes.

    Third, that...
  19. Back in 1990, I was staying with a Japanese...

    Back in 1990, I was staying with a Japanese family in Inuyama while I was doing my junior year abroad at a university in Nagoya. There was this great little sushiya in Inuyama where I'd go hang out...
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    They're not that far from my Tuesday/Thursday...

    They're not that far from my Tuesday/Thursday office space in Pike Place Market, so I'm all for a meetup.

    Josh
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    Definitely not wrong - the new book contains all...

    Definitely not wrong - the new book contains all the old information, plus more. Though hopefully not Kevin's drool.

    Josh
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    A note to all who are considering buying the book...

    A note to all who are considering buying the book - it will also be available through Barnes and Noble, but please order directly from Diane. Koryu.com makes more from direct orders than they do...
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    But that also reduces the chance of cutting your...

    But that also reduces the chance of cutting your opponent by 50%.

    Oh, wait a second - the Japanese are short, and so only count as 50% of an opponent anyway, so by using a single edged sword,...
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    The Chinese characters for the directional deity...

    The Chinese characters for the directional deity (actually a constellation made up of seven smaller constellations) are literally "mysterious warrior" or "dark warrior" (genbu in Japanese, xuanwu in...
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