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by Frodocious
Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: which MA for me?
Replies: 44
Views: 29147

My experience of swordwork in Ninjutsu is that is splits into 2 sections. One is using the sword as an extension of your unarmed training, whereby you do blocks and locks with it, the other is more 'traditional' sword on sword work. The training of both of these makes use of iaito and bokken. Woah ...
by Frodocious
Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: which MA for me?
Replies: 44
Views: 29147

My experience of swordwork in Ninjutsu is that is splits into 2 sections.

One is using the sword as an extension of your unarmed training, whereby you do blocks and locks with it, the other is more 'traditional' sword on sword work. The training of both of these makes use of iaito and bokken.
by Frodocious
Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: which MA for me?
Replies: 44
Views: 29147

If you want good self defense and sword work then I would recommend Ninjutsu. However, you really need to make sure you find a reputable instructor as there are a lot of frauds out there. I think there are a couple of groups in and around London and I will try to find out contact details for them if...
by Frodocious
Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: Grading in various martial arts
Replies: 47
Views: 30619

I agree with you, but there has to be a limit on the amount of stuff you teach someone in 1 go. A new student would be totally overfaced if presented with all the information at the beginning of their training. So although an awful lot is covered in our kyu grades, certain concepts and information a...
by Frodocious
Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: Grading in various martial arts
Replies: 47
Views: 30619

the reason i dont like this approach is that you have to reach a certain level before your training becomes as effective as it SHOULD be. taking this approach when marked next to someone who gets all the info first. student 1 would only BEGIN to train after (lets say) 5 years of training, after a b...
by Frodocious
Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: Grading in various martial arts
Replies: 47
Views: 30619

What I believe he meant wasn't that you can't learn certain things until certain rank. Only that the first belts are more like learning vocab, and then once you reach your higher belts you are ready to fully understand how to use what you have learned. Yes, this is how I (and many others in my art)...
by Frodocious
Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: Grading in various martial arts
Replies: 47
Views: 30619

The gradings in my Ninjutsu class are awarded when my Sensei thinks you deserve one. There is no formal test, usually at the end of the class, he will just make a small announcement and hand out certificates. I think this is a very good way of doing it as it means that you are continually assessed a...
by Frodocious
Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: paper test
Replies: 100
Views: 27774

Hatamoto wrote:Now, now, children, play nice 8)
Play nice...

Where's the fun in that?! ;) :D
by Frodocious
Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: paper test
Replies: 100
Views: 27774

SLAP! :8745 :9874 arrrr :D
by Frodocious
Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: paper test
Replies: 100
Views: 27774

Well from that point of view, yes swords are superfluous, but ninjutsu is not purely a modern combat art (and has never claimed to be such). It is an ancient martial art that has adapted many of its techniques to suit modern life without losing the essence of the ancient art. In short, we get to do ...
by Frodocious
Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: paper test
Replies: 100
Views: 27774

I don't have an issue with swords still being used in ninjitsu, but if it were to be fully practical, it would seem make more sense to replace them with sticks (which could be held at both ends). As I've said before, I like the idea of retaining some of the 'old stuff', but from a purely practical ...
by Frodocious
Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: paper test
Replies: 100
Views: 27774

Modern Ninjutsu does include sword techniques, partially as they are part of the kata of the various ancient schools we learn and partially as the idea of the art is adaptability. Many of the techniques we learn with the sword are the same as those we learn with the hanbo and in unarmed work. The id...
by Frodocious
Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Fudoshin Dojo
Topic: Ninjitsu by Dr. Hatsumi
Replies: 55
Views: 32743

I study Ninjutsu and videos like that make me mad. They play to the Hollywood Ninja image, which for the most part is rubbish. They are all about what looks good on camera and, whilst the techniques displayed are part of the training, the way in which they are depicted in this clip makes the whole a...
by Frodocious
Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: Advice & Questions
Topic: Samurai sword advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2812

As others have said you should consult your instructor about what is appropriate for a display. However, you really don't want a wallhanger type blade as it will likely be too heavy and the balance will be wrong. You also should avoid a live (sharp) blade, such as the PK, if you are not experienced ...
by Frodocious
Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: The Cutting Edge
Topic: BBC 4 now !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2844

They are repeating it on BBC2 next Tuesday (14th) at 11.20pm