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BUJINKAN ARTICLES

 
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  The articles below, like any other budo subject, have been previously explored by plenty of talented budoka who have come before me and will be again by those that follow. We are blazing no new ground as the concepts we all pursue are far older than ourselves and will continue to evolve far after we pass. My efforts below exemplify this point along with many fine articles around the Web. I suggest everyone review the subject more deeply should you feel my words were worth reading. I'm sure there are many more ideas to discover. If my thoughts help you in any way along your journey, I'm glad. I wish you all good training and the best in budo. Articles written by me may be reproduced as long as they are kept unedited in their entirety and proper credit is given.

 
   
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KIMON — DEMON GATE

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  by Lance edited
  version 1.1
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By shaping and exposing an opening in the battlefield, or 1v1 encounter, one can shape destruction or salvation for the opposition. I learned this opening for good or evil wasn't just about an "opening" per se but rather an "opportunity" to choose.
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INRYOKU

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  by Lance  
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I have come to think of kokuu and kuukan as the living breath of a waza; complimenting one another in an almost yin/yang dance of dependency.
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KURAI DORI

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  by Lance  
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One's relationship and awareness to the World around them and everything's presence is in it. To me, it must be more about the "relationship." I cannot believe Kurai Dori is simply about "us" and our position in the World but more so about how the World around us reacts to our presence.
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GAMBATTE

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  by Lance edited
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Keep going. These two words are so frustratingly overused during the life of our training yet so wise in their simplicity. Inside them lie all the verities to our training questions and obstacles.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH HATSUMI SENSEI

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  Interview by Shihan Bernard Bordas  
  Translated by Michel Grandmont
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Trying to reproduce a form is being its prisoner, the form kills the KI, the creativity as well as the spontaneity.
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ESSENCE OF NINJUTSU 1

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  by Takamatsu Toshitsugu (33rd Soke)  
  Courtesy of WIN and Tetsuzan
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The combatant who would win must be in harmony with the scheme of totality, and must be guided by an intuitive knowledge of the playing out of fate.
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ESSENCE OF NINJUTSU 2

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  by Hatsumi Soke (34th Soke)  
  Courtesy of WIN and Tetsuzan
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The attainment of this enlightenment is characterized by the development of the jihi no kokoro, or "benevolent heart."
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KIHON HAPPO

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  by Hatsumi Soke (34th Soke)  
  Courtesy of WIN and Tetsuzan
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Discovery of your own dialect is one way of improving Budo. When one reaches a certain degree of skill, he comes up against the "wall," something he has trouble overcoming. This is the so-called dialect of Taijutsu (body technique).
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