Sunday, January 15, 2017

Updating our Youtube Channel

The old videos have been remove from the channel and this we will be placing new video from from the dojo. The new cameras are here and have a full set for filming. 2017 we will posting material taught our dojo.

The first of video will be kenko undo, Ukemi, nutrition, etc. I give this some serious thought, but Kata and Waza training should begin in my opinion; You should learn to warm-up and exercise, how to supply the with good food and how to train on your own when your away from the dojo.

I'm own struggle with my weight and health has taught me this; this is where we will begin together on a journey together, I not here to taught but to share.

December 2016-Missed Classes and Dojo Closings.

The dojo is now open; we apologize for December 2016; as we had a lot of family emergency and dojo was closed a lot. We apologize to Anyone who missed An appointment.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Essence of Budo & Ninjutsu

Since my last trip to Japan. I been think the essence of 武術 martial arts/military arts,
武道 budo, and 忍法 ninpo. What true difference between sport and non-sport?

Recently, my own training in 武道体術 budo taijutsu has led to the exploration to my past in the world of martial arts and focus on the Japanese arts own related to 体術 taijutsu; 柔道 Judo, 居合道 Iaido, 少林寺拳法 shōrinji-kempō, and 合気道 Aikido to study the 武道 budo arts (chanoyu (茶湯) or sadō, chadō (茶道),書道 shodō, すみえ Sumi-e, etc).

The goal of our training in the 武神館 Bujinkan is to become 達人 Tatsujin (Awakened Person/self-actualized human).  I personally believe the many 武道家 budoka miss opportunities outside
their own dojo, because there to busy looking at other martial arts to see what is wrong or what is different and then find what they think is wrong and/or not what is the same. They let their egos tell them that their way is perfect or real, their martial art has everything or their martial art can teach them to fight, or finally, the last delusion is they feel training only happens in the dojo and the dojo is real. They are more delusion.

The reality martial arts and dojo can’t teach to fight, what real is you fight people and/or individuals, you don’t fight a style. All training is about being prepared conditioning ourselves to be ready when the time comes. All training has one flaw the person, if believe you will lose you will lose. Why do trained solider or warriors lose or die at the hands of someone with no training. The un-trained persons want to live more than the solider or warrior, they had more to lose and do everything to live. That is truth!

All 武道 budo training leads down the same path as long as we are on this path we will reach the same goal. Physical training isn’t enough, reading, mental studies and spiritual studies are equally, you must train your heart and spirit.

I'm just going to say it, no instructor or martial art can teach you to fight, training is a tool to be used by you the individual and you teach yourself, you will try to prepare you for a real fight as best as he can but that is all. 組手 Kumite (Sparring) and 乱取り Randori (Free Sparring) will not help either 組手 Kumite (Sparring) and 乱取り Randori are tools to prepare you, nothing more.
The ring and dojo cannot replace reality of life and death, if we are true martial arts and warrior, we must understand this true. My father is a Vietnam vet who service two tours of duty in Vietnam, he had the same training as all the other Marines. Why is he alive and the others die? My father friends but he came home. The is very sample; one just dump luck and the second is he want to live more, he refused to die or gave up. Your heart and spirit is your internal strength and the training are weapons and tools.

I believe a martial artist should choose their tools (Martial Art Style) like you choose your  weapons, the all martial arts have personalities and when find one the fits your personality, you then will become one and stand a better change surviving real life and death. You need feel comfort with your tools. If you believe in yourself and your tools, but we must mentally understand what is sport and what is real combat. The second method to prepared is your training, after finish your practice your forms and techniques, against your arts standard attacks; explorer against more realistic attacks, if you practice against straight punches the practice against curved punches, etc. Throw street attacks into your training. 

I believe all martial arts are good as long as you understand what is sport and is combat,  know when your heart in the ring and know your heart in the dojo. Practice against all types of attacks in your training. 

My own has now lead to full explorer the essence of 武道 budo, and 忍法 ninpo. Please read these books and expand your mind down the path of life and martial arts.  Enjoy your style of martial art with the proper mindset.

1. The Essence of Budo: The Secret Teaching of the Grandmaster by Masaaki Hatsumi.

2. The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding Japanese Martial Arts
by Dave Lowry

3. Essence of Ninjutsu by Masaaki Hatsumi

4. Essence of Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our dojo is Completed - August 2015 to Now


Last year was a great year. We had a great opening and the our training has been a blessing every since the blessing. We would like to thank Rev. Koichi Barrish from the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America for performing the purfication ritual and rights on our home, kamidana, and dojo space.

 Our training has been very small, given attention to individual students and visitors to our space.  Our average class size is 1 to 4 people.

It has been really great we been able to focus on finer points of budo & ninpo taijutsu and/our work on items students have been working on improving.

The dojo is design with a 神仏習合 - Shinbutsu-shūgō periods of Japan. The dojo captures both elements Shinto and Buddhism.

 Our training is open only to those who has been a commitment to training in martial arts as a way or life, a path.  We do not take in individuals who as looking for rank or to make a name for themselves.

Our space is small and the dojo has official hours operation but; it is open to senior and personal students or personal friends may visit the dojo in its off hours and training 7 days a week as long as home and not to tried or sick.

 Space is limited, so we do not take in every student who makes and appointment, there is interview process and then trial training to gauge the students heart and spirit.

We will not be testing new students and students from other dojo who want rank for the first year.  The first of any new student regardless of rank (Bujinkan ranks and/or Toshin-do ranks) must go through the disciplining and commitment process of physical conditioning and ukemi training.

We will acknowledge everyone rank when come through the dojo, but you must go through vetting process first to gauge your heart and spirit.

Space limited and I would prefer to given my time and attention to people and individuals who really want to learn and train.  This also my personal time to train and practice, so I don't want my time wasted either.

Training here is focus on become a better person and martial arts, egos should left at the dojo.  I am also welcome you into my personal home and exercise space.

The Students and training have great, I like to thank all those who have made it into the training and who have participated in other dojo events.

Since the dojo reopened (We use to use my living room on the second floor for training,  We moved the furniture around.

The dojo has attracted people looking to better themselves so come just meditation classes or our new certification workshops for shiatsu taught by my teacher Kumiko Kanayama from The Five Lights Center.

Here some of the friend faces at the dojo:

Thank you everyone for making 2015 a great year,  I will posting more later this week.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

How Joining Our Home Dojo

Do to communications recently made to me through the internet, I believe I need to state the following:

This Home Dojo, my dojo is my exercise and meditation room in my home where go to exercise workout, practice daily Buddhist meditations and ritual. This private and personal space, where I invite a select choose few to exercise and workout with me.

It is a place of learning and exploration, new members must make an appointment for their interview, after interview they will be allow 3 free trial classes where the student of the will then watch the student, the seniors will then give me their opinion on the new student and I will allow or not allow the student.

This a traditional school, to be allow entry, is at my discussion. Teacher say student does (when open the floor to questions that is the time to ask them not when you want), no question asked.

Your first year of training at this dojo physical conditioning and ukemi. You must demonstrate patient and perseverance, you earn the right to learn kata and waza. Your not give a exam for a Bujinkan rank for at least a year.

Beggaring me through comments and messages on the internet or through email is not the way, insult the teacher’s skill level and attacking other teachers names is not the way. Being disrespectful in anyway; you will not be except as a student.

The Seven Principles of Bushido must be demonstrated before, during and after your interview

1. Rectitude. Correct judgment or procedure for the resolution of righteousness. “To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.”

2. Courage. A virtue only in the cause of righteousness. Death for an unworthy cause was termed a dog’s death. “It is true courage to live when it is right to live, and to die only when it is right to die.”

3. Benevolence. Love, affection for others, sympathy and nobility of feeling are regarded as the highest attributes of the soul. “Benevolence brings under its sway whatever hinder its power just as water subdues fire.”

4. Politeness. A poor virtue if it is actuated only by a fear of offending good taste. Rather it should stem from a sympathetic regard for the feeling of others. “In its highest form politeness approaches love.”

5. Veracity. “Truthfulness.” Lying was deemed cowardly, and it was regarded as dishonorable. Indeed the word of a samurai guaranteed the truthfulness of an assertion. No oath is necessary. “Propriety carried beyond bounds becomes a lie.”

6. Honor. A vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth is implicit in the word honor. “Dishonor is like a scar on a tree which time, instead of effacing only helps to enlarge.”

7. Loyalty. Only in the code of chivalrous honor does loyalty assume importance. In the conflict between loyalty and affection the code never wavers from the choice of loyalty. “A samurai was obliged to appeal to the intelligence and conscience of his sovereign by demonstrating the sincerity of his words with the shedding of his own blood.”

I have additional test of your spirit, communications (electronic, written, etc.). Failure to  are demonstrate good and honest communications at anytime of during or after training in my school is grounds for removal and being denied access to training.

If you cannot follow the principles and guidelines of participating in the Bujinkan, I will remove you from my school and/or denied you access.

One of the forms you sign on admitting is the Guidelines of Participation in the Bujinkan, I may every student before joining my dojo read and sign a form stating that they understand and will be guided by these guidelines.

Letting Go and Moving Forward & Guidelines For ParticipationIn The Bujinkan

Normally, I stay out stuff like this and it’s been over year since this started, but I finally have to say something. If any instructor in any martial art refuses to teach you and not take your money, the question you should ask yourself is why? There are people out who will take your money and give what you are asking for and they will not care about whether or not you learn anything.

In general a teacher or instructor and a right in the city and state of New York to refused to teach you or train you, for their own reasons, these martial art school or dojo, kwoon, fitness clubs, etc have the right to refuse services.
When an instructor ask you to take a step back and look at yourself and work on yourself this is a true teacher. When a teacher tries to stop from a destructive path, those are teachers you should value the most and set aside your own ego. 

In the Bujinkan Dojo I have trained for or 20+ years and I have met a lot of different people, in the world of martial arts I have trained for over 30 years. 

I would ask those individual who feel rejected or feel there nothing wrong with them to look at yourself again, if you find a new teacher who is helping you then continue to move forward, to attack those who have rejected you is to move backwards not forward. You should focus on the training at hand.

For the individual going by the names and attacking the dojo of Muzosa dojo or Koteki dojo; you are moving backwards and not forward. Keep moving forward.

Guidelines For ParticipationIn The Bujinkan
1. The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be allowed to join. Specifically: Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
2. Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. A physician's examination report shall be required. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.

3. Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who break domestic laws shall be turned away.

4. Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was open to large numbers of people who came to Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble makers who thought only of themselves and failed to see how their actions might adversely affect others. Through their actions, such people were discarding the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From this day forward, all such people shall be expelled.
5. Regarding accidents occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.
6. All those joining the Bujinkan must get an annual membership card. This card not only preserves the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a larger whole--one whose members come together with warrior hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.
7. The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:

•"The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace."

•To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin)."

Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so exist various taboos among the world's peoples and nations. We must respect each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must put the heart of the warrior first, working together for self-improvement and for the betterment of the Bujinkan.

Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.

Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke

Friday, July 31, 2015

The home dojo is almost completed.

This dojo was original created in 1999 and his been through a lot, we opened and closed down and now we have our first permanent location.

I want to thank you all for being support over the years.

We open tomorrow.