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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Building My Home Dojo Space and Guest Rooms

The renovation of the dojo space is going well it will ready by the first week of August. We are planning a training event for that weekend and a shinto cleansing and purification of the space.

We will let you all know when it is ready. The dojo is closing during the construction.