Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Dojo, Victoria BC Canada

Technique vs. Techniques

You need to have technique, not use techniques. For any sub-set of martial theory there is a group of techniques that can be used to elucidate that theory; the techniques, however, are not the theory, nor are they representative of …

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What do you have?

You cannot give what you do not have. You cannot control a situation if you cannot control yourself. You cannot calm a situation if you cannot calm yourself. You cannot stop someone’s aggression if you are full of aggression. Force …

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The intersection of gender and training is both complex and simple: Simple: taijutsu is about bodies, not genders. The principles of physics are for, and apply to, everyone – to every person, to every body, with no exceptions. Complex: gender …

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Measuring Character

Taijutsu says much about character. Students compete with each other, the self, notions of ideals. The choice of particular movement, of the design being created, ‘communicates’, even during attempts to refrain from a design. In this way it is not …

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2013 Seminars

2013 Seminars (British Columbia) April 6-7 Rob Renner – Bujinkan Zeropoint Dojo ‘Principles and feelings of Sword and Sword Shield of ‘Toutoku Hyoshi’ – armed and unarmed.’ “Toutoku Hyoshi Kamae is one of eight kamae found in Togakure Ryu Biken. …

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How to physically defeat a bigger and/or stronger opponent: physics. If it turns into a fight, you’re doing it wrong. The teachers I first began my budo studies under did not teach me about how to defeat bigger and stronger …

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Community Involvement

Not all of the community events the Hakkei dojo participates in involve social justice issues, but many do, and some will be listed in this post (which will be updated a few times each year): April 2014: Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby …

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2012 Seminars

2012 Seminars (British Columbia) July 20-22 – Phil Legare Location: tba Cost: tba Theme: Kaname September 8-9   -   Shawn Grey, Sheila Haddad, Morten Østenstad Location: Whytecliff Park (Horseshoe Bay) Theme: “Featuring three 15th dan Bujinkan practitioners together for the first …

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On Money

A lot of talk goes around about how money is necessary to training – the common grumbling says that students must pay for training so that their teachers can have the money to continue training, and that this cycle of …

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Keep Calm and Use Logic

‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ Influencing the ways in which people think influences the ways people wield and interpret the sword. When language and ideas are used to exert power, the result is thinking. Thinking leads to rooted …

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