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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
1:13 am
[harukoraharu]
Dojo frustrations
It's just over a year since I formally started training in ninjutsu and I have been trying to attend more regularly.  I felt with the amount of throwing and bruises I received that breaks would be the sensible approach, while recovering and not worry too much or get too despondent about progress by going to every class.  Plus there were a lot of people I started with, existing students and beginners who have hardly been at all.  Maybe they have been on the days I haven't been :)

I know the Sanshin and Kihon Happo, though I know both need more work.  It's always good to partner with someone different for KH, it pushes me to focus on executing the technique correctly.  As one of the few girls in the class I tend to get stuck partnering the other 1 or 2 who are there on the nights I train and this does get a bit too predictable, but surprisingly not always easier.

When I was still quite new there was a guy who it was just impossible to get Musha Dori to work on.  Even Omote Gyaku was tricky as he was always resistant to every move and change in direction.  I had a partner like that, though smaller than me she made almost every technique a chore and I didn't enjoy it at all.  I know not to fall if not moved in a position where balance would be taken, just as I would always punch to the face where if not blocked I would hit you, no doubt.

I'm really annoyed.  There is a short piece about this in Simon's book and I feel uneasy about hitting someone smaller than me, and female to distract in order to get the technique to work.  There may even be a term for it that I can't remember.  I find it difficult enough in the situation with remembering and repeating the technique we have been shown to practice.  It'll be awkward if she's on LJ but it doesn't change things.  I find it embarrassing enough that it seems our Shihan only sees me messing things up.

The other main problem I have in class at the moment is my rolling is, well, rubbish.  I find myself in the position when rolling of needing to use my arm to initiate the placement on the ground for the roll and panic when only my opposite is free.  I have no space at home to practice as the rooms are tiny (converted rooftop flat) and feel a bit silly going to the small green space on the other side of my road.  The one place I could practice in class we rarely do except when the technique requires an evasive escape move.

I had hoped to go to the weekend seminar in London this weekend but feel my rubbish rolling, and that I might be that partner from hell (for someone else on the course) that I felt I'd had tonight is now making me reconsider the course and maybe even whether I'm suited for this :(

Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
1:00 am
[harukoraharu]
You Tube debates
I wondered if anyone has seen the flame war on youtube regarding Choson Ninja and have an opinion on it?

I've been entertained the last few days, though I realise there is a more serious issue behind the exchange of video replies and comments.  These seem to be in the areas of historical accuracy, exaggerated ability and techniques from variety of other martial arts (some ninjutsu, though many not).  There are so many youtube channels to choose from, some positive, but mostly not.  I don't know how common this is as I've never come across any other ninjutsu schools in the UK though I'm aware there are people who have split from Bujinkan, though they will have had a genuine teaching.



Current Mood: mischievous
Sunday, September 5th, 2010
3:19 pm
[harukoraharu]
Kyu grade development
Hello!  I've been training for about a year in Cambridge (with some injury related gaps) and hope to increase my attendance as I just starting to get a feel for the basics.  Something that I have wondered, but am too embarrassed to ask in class is about the differences between kyu grades? (given that there is no indication in our club between a 9th and 1st kyu other than watching or being paired against a more experienced practitioner).

I'm a red belt 9th kyu.  Simon Yeo's book was very helpful in covering the range of techniques we don't necessarily cover in every class.  I still have some difficulty with rolling and also 'musha dori'.  I've done a number of martial arts in the past and this is more like the kung fu I did in my mid teens - fairly informal, some set techniques but lot of variations, a lot of weapons, a lot of pain (particularly if you get it wrong).  I genuinely believe this is better for defence when done correctly, but still get annoyed with the bruises from some of the big animals in my class ;)

Current Mood: pensive
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
9:44 pm
[roundrockronin]
Free Assault Prevention Workshop, Sunday, April 11th, 2010
Free Assault Prevention Workshop, Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Hosted by

www.roundrockbujinkan.com
www.austinbujinkan.com
www.roundrockbujinkan.com/utexas

Assault Prevention Workshop, Sunday, April 11th, 2010
www.roundrockbujinkan.com/assaultprevention


Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas
Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Austin Area Bujinkan Community, Austin, Texas


On Sunday, April 11th, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM., Round Rock Bujinkan, Acrotex Gymnastics and Round Rock Martial Arts will host an

Assault Prevention Workshop. This workshop is being done as a community service and will be free to the public. Lecture topics

covered will include awareness and prevention strategies, home security, movement security, perpetrator profiles and assault

aftermath strategies and resources. There will also be guest speakers from the Williamson County Victims Services and Austin

Safe Place
. The physical portion of the workshop will include response and escape techniques.

More details behind the cutCollapse )
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
2:59 am
[roundrockronin]
Austin/UT/Round Rock Bujinkan Daikomyosai December 5th, 2009
Austin/UT/Round Rock Bujinkan Daikomyosai December 5th, 2009




Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas
Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Austin Area Bujinkan Community, Austin, Texas

Overview:
We are looking at having an Austin area Bujinkan Daikomyosai in observation of Hatsumi-sensei's 78th birthday. Austin Area Bujinkan Training Get Together is open to all Bujinkan Members in good standing with the Round Rock Bujinkan Dōjō and the international Bujinkan organization. Those who are interested in Bujinkan training but have never tried it are also welcome. Anyone who is Shodan or above is invited to teach. We will train for about three to four hours and will likely go to Origami Japanese Restaurant (www.origamisushitx.com) for dinner afterwards.

Date:
Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Times:
2:00 to 4:00 (or possibly 5:00) PM
Fee:
Suggested donation of $15 or pay what you can
Instructors:
John Hidalgo, 5th Dan, Shidoshi
Other instructors to be announced soon.
Attire:
Standard Bujinkan Uniform (gi, tabi, obi) or loose, comfortable clothing.
Contact:
John Hidalgo (512) 656-2836 or instructor@roundrockbujinkan.com
Location:
Acrotex Gymnastics
708 Round Rock West Drive
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 244-5437
www.acrotex.com

Take care,
John Hidalgo
www.roundrockbujinkan.com
www.austinbujinkan.com
www.roundrockbujinkan.com/utexas
Saturday, March 7th, 2009
11:35 am
[roundrockronin]
Saino Kon Ki Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray April 25th and 26th, 2009

Brian Gore, Bujinkan Shinken Gata Dōjō, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas

Present

戸隠流忍法体術セミナールと師範ショングレイ

Saino Kon Ki Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th, 2009


Seminar details behind the cutCollapse )
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
1:41 pm
[mountain_child]
Looking for a training group in Seattle
I am currently living in Seattle and looking to find a Bujinkan group to train with. Anyone know of a good group to try and train with or have suggestions for resources?
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
5:43 pm
[roundrockronin]
UT Bujinkan Classes Starting Back Up Next Tuesday

Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas


Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at University of Texas will be starting classes back up this coming Tuesday, 26AUG08 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Patterson Park.

For more details see www.roundrockbujinkan.com/utexas
Friday, August 15th, 2008
11:42 am
[roundrockronin]
Bushido Festival Event Planning Query/Survey
Hello,

My name is John Hidalgo and I am in the preliminary stages of planning a new event which will focus on Japanese martial arts and culture. I am writing various people (martial arts schools, martial artists, Japanese culture related businesses and organizations, etc; mostly in the Austin area) who might either be interested in participating or who might be able to provide input that will help shape the event. Below is an overview of the event and questions related to the various aspects of the event. If you would be willing to provide any input it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to be removed from any further communications about this event, please let me know and I will do so. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,
John Hidalgo

Overview
The event will effectively be a Bushido festival. Though, the focus will be primarily Japanese martial arts, it will also encompass Japanese visual and performing arts, religion and culture.

Charitable Cause
One of the things that is being considered is to have the event benefit a charity. If that direction is taken the first choice would be the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America (www.tsubakishrine.com). The Tsubaki Shrine is the only full time active Shinto shrine in North America. If that is not workable we would be open ot other chartiable causes.

Timeframe
Spring 2010

Venue
Currently under consideration is the Austin Convention Convention Center and the AT&T Conference Center. In the future, other venues may also be considered.

Format
This will be a convention type event and may include demonstrations, classes, movie screenings, and vendor area.

Questions
1) From an event that bills itself as a Bushido festival, what sort of things would you expect to see and do?

2) If there was a vendor area, what sort of vendors would you want to see?

3) If there was a movie screening area, what movies do you think would be appropriate? What movies would you like to see?

4) What demonstrations or classes (martial arts or otherwise) would you like to see? How long do you think these demonstrations and classes should be? Is there anyone in particular you would want to see giving those presentations?

5) For an event that includes demonstrations, classes, a movie area and a vendors area, what would you be be willing to pay.

6) If you were to be a vendor, what would you be willing to pay for a 10' x 10' space?

7) If you were to place an ad in the event program or have banner advertizing at the event, what would you be willing to spend on these things?

8) If you were to provide a class or demonstration at the event, what, if anything, would you expect in return?

9) would you be interested in participating in such an event and, if so, in what capacity?

10) Do you have any other ideas, questions or concerns about this event?
Monday, August 11th, 2008
12:57 pm
[roundrockronin]
Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Brian Gore, Bujinkan Shinken Gata Dōjō, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas

Present

戸隠流忍法体術セミナールと師範ショングレイ

Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, 2008


Seminar details behind the cutCollapse )
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
4:01 pm
[roundrockronin]
Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Brian Gore, Bujinkan Shinken Gata Dōjō, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas John Hidalgo, Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas

Present

戸隠流忍法体術セミナールと師範ショングレイ

Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, 2008


Seminar details behind the cutCollapse )
Monday, July 14th, 2008
2:38 pm
[roundrockronin]
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
5:08 pm
[roundrockronin]
Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Brian Gore, Bujinkan Shinken Gata Dōjō, Austin, Texas and John Hidalgo, Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas

Present

戸隠流忍法体術セミナールと師範ショングレイ

Togakure Ryū Ninpo Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, 2008


Seminar details behind the cutCollapse )
Saturday, May 31st, 2008
4:16 pm
[naked_surfer]
Book and DVD recommendations please
Im looking for some books or dvds to supplement my dojo training. Anyone got any recommendations? Im only 9th kyu at the moment so probably nothing too advanced.
Cheers
Henrik
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
9:46 am
[roundrockronin]
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Rich Cearley April 26th and 27th, 2008
Round Rock Bujinkan and the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas present
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Rich Cearley

Rich Cearley

Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, 2008

Overview:
Shihan Rich Cearley will be covering Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu including the Santo Tonko no Kata, Shinobi Gaeshi Gata and Metsubushi.
Seminar Details behind the cutCollapse )
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
12:59 pm
[roundrockronin]
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Rich Cearley April 26th and 27th, 2008
Round Rock Bujinkan and the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas present
Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu Seminar with Shihan Rich Cearley

Rich Cearley

Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, 2008

Overview:
Shihan Rich Cearley will be covering Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu including the Santo Tonko no Kata, Shinobi Gaeshi Gata and Metsubushi.
Seminar Details behind the cutCollapse )
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
12:01 pm
[roundrockronin]
Shinden Fudō-ryū Dakentaijutsu Seminar With Brian Tritico Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st
Shinden Fudō-ryū Dakentaijutsu Seminar With Brian Tritico Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st, 2008



Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas
Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Austin Area Bujinkan Community, Austin, Texas


Round Rock Bujinkan Dōjō, Austin Area Bujinkan and Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas will be hosting a Shinden Fudō-ryū Dakentaijutsu Seminar With Brian Tritico with Shihan Brian Tritico.

Seminar details behind the cutCollapse )
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
10:08 am
[naked_surfer]
Can anyone help me out with the Japanese phrases you use to a) thank your partner for training with you and b) thank the instructor at the end of the lesson when bowing out. If poss I need them phonetically as well as normally.
Thanks!
1:28 am
[kiddd_reige]
Newest Promotion
Yonkyu as of 12/13. Also marked my three years in Budo Taijutsu.
Friday, November 16th, 2007
2:39 pm
[roundrockronin]
Austin/UT/Round Rock Bujinkan Kyu Material Seminar and Daikomyosai December 1st, 2007
Austin/UT/Round Rock Bujinkan Kyu Material Seminar and Daikomyosai December 1st, 2007




Round Rock Bujinkan, Round Rock, Texas
Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Austin Area Bujinkan Community, Austin, Texas


There will be two Austin/UT/Round Rock Area Bujinkan Training Events on December 1st, 2007.

Round Rock Bujinkan Dōjō and Bujinkan Ninjutsu Club at the University of Texas Kyu Material Seminar Overview:
We will be doing a brief review of the 9th kyu material {ukemi (rolling and ground hitting), kamae (postures), te hodoki (hand escapes), tai hodoki (body escapes)} and then cover 8th kyu material {tsuki waza (striking forms), keri gata (kicking forms) and Go Dai/San Shin kata). After this seminar, everyone is invited to attend the Daikomyosai/Austin Area Bujinkan Training Get Together.


Instructor:
John Hidalgo has been training in the Bujinkan Dōjō System since the mid-1980's. He holds a Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) and Shidoshi teacher's license in Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. Mr. Hidalgo recently returned from his second training trip to Japan where he attended classes taught by Hatsumi-soke and some of the Japanese shihan (upper level instructors).
Date:
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Times:
Registration - 9:00 to 9:30
Morning Session - 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Lunch - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Afternoon Session - 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Fee:
$25

Daikomyosai/Austin Area Bujinkan Training Get Together Overview:
The Daikomyosai (observance of Hastsumi-soke's birthday)/Austin Area Bujinkan Training Get Together is open to all Bujinkan Members in good standing and those who are interested in Bujinkan training. Anyone who is shodan or above is invited to teach. We will train for about two hours and will likely go to Origami Japanese Restaurant (www.origamisushitx.com) for dinner afterwards.
Instructors:
This is a tentative instructor list and is subject to change without notice.
Michael Almon - Shodan, Mizukagami Dōjō (www.mizukagami.com )
Rob Boger - Yondan, Mizukagami Dōjō (www.mizukagami.com)
John Hidalgo - Godan, Round Rock Bujinkan Dōjō (www.roundrockbujinkan.com)
Date:
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Time:
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Fee:
Free, $5 suggested donation for mat fee

General Information for both events:
Attire:
Standard Bujinkan Uniform (gi, tabi, obi) or loose, comfortable clothing.
Contact:
John Hidalgo (512) 656-2836 or instructor@roundrockbujinkan.com
Location:
Acrotex Gymnastics
708 Round Rock West Drive
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 244-5437
www.acrotex.com

Take care,
John Hidalgo
www.texasshinto.org
www.roundrockbujinkan.com
www.austinbujinkan.com
www.roundrockbujinkan.com/utexas
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