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Cosmin Lupu
post Sep 19 2012, 09:33 AM
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Hey guys! I am all excited about this Sunday biggrin.gif I am participating at a seminar/ workshop, organized by my Sensei, based on the comparative approach on three great sword schools:

Taisha Ryu Kenpo - founded by Marune Kurando and closely linked to the Shinobi, which are the Ninja as we know them smile.gif

Kashima Shinto Ryu - founded by Tsukahara Bokuden

and last but never the least...

Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu - founded by the great Miyamoto Musashi himself!

I understood that there are many seemingly resembling techniques between the three schools, even though they are totally different!

Can't wait tongue.gif Hope I didn't bore you to death with all these names, but I am very enthusiastic about it and I just wanted to share the joy

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post Sep 19 2012, 04:25 PM
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Great !!! Really pleased to hear that you're taking your studies even further. Seminars are good for getting extra knowledge smile.gif


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post Sep 19 2012, 06:45 PM
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that sounds awesome. samurai's and ninjas...... that is most badass cool.gif

Ive been to a few MMA seminars, they are brilliant and this one sounds epic.


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post Sep 19 2012, 07:16 PM
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That's great, enjoy it! My younger brother is trying out kendo now as well, hope he sticks to it smile.gif
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post Sep 20 2012, 12:29 AM
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Have a great time on the seminar! smile.gif

Shall we see some videos of Ninja Cosmin in action? smile.gif

If I understand it well, these are all Sword based arts?


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post Sep 20 2012, 05:36 AM
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Awesome! I love the martial arts (guitar will forever by my first Kung Fu). I've studied Wing Chun Kung Fu and now have been studying Shaolin Kung Fu... haven't done much weapon play yet. Have fun with the swords smile.gif


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post Sep 20 2012, 06:04 AM
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Uh Oh you do realise this isn't really a seminar, your Sensei has entered you into Mortal Kombat!!!

Metaldan, I did wing chun for a while my instructor was a 62 yr old chinese man, I was really bad at it and small chinese women (aren't they all) kept kicking my ass.

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post Sep 20 2012, 06:53 AM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Sep 19 2012, 11:29 PM) *
Have a great time on the seminar! smile.gif

Shall we see some videos of Ninja Cosmin in action? smile.gif

If I understand it well, these are all Sword based arts?


Thank you Bogdan biggrin.gif Well, all of the schools above are sword based indeed, but they are Samurai schools - only the first one being a related with Ninjutsu.

I am indeed taking my light set to the dojo because Sensei was thinking about making some pics and maybe some vids, but anyway, I am not in the posture to show anything regarding my skills YET biggrin.gif I hope to shoot the seminar on the 2nd of December. That's when my grade exam will take place smile.gif

QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Sep 20 2012, 05:04 AM) *
Uh Oh you do realise this isn't really a seminar, your Sensei has entered you into Mortal Kombat!!!

Metaldan, I did wing chun for a while my instructor was a 62 yr old chinese man, I was really bad at it and small chinese women (aren't they all) kept kicking my ass.


My dojo also has Wing Chun as a form of martial art which is taught there biggrin.gif Without the small Chinese women though laugh.gif

QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Sep 19 2012, 06:16 PM) *
That's great, enjoy it! My younger brother is trying out kendo now as well, hope he sticks to it smile.gif


Kendo is a more modern discipline out of what I know, but hey, if he has fun and enjoys it, it's only for the best wink.gif


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post Sep 20 2012, 09:58 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Sep 19 2012, 03:25 PM) *
Great !!! Really pleased to hear that you're taking your studies even further. Seminars are good for getting extra knowledge smile.gif


Thanks Ben! Well, I just missed one having a famous Sensei from Japan as a guest sad.gif Dunno how it went by and I didn't notice it sad.gif


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post Sep 20 2012, 01:13 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 20 2012, 06:53 AM) *
Kendo is a more modern discipline out of what I know, but hey, if he has fun and enjoys it, it's only for the best wink.gif


Kenjutsu is basically the actual killing techniques a soldier or samurai would learn and Kendo was a version of that developed for sporting combat.. basically the difference between jujutsu and judo. Anything with 'jutsu' on the end means 'techniques' or 'art of' and anything with 'do' on the end means 'the way of'. The 'do' disciplines were a later shift to a more rounded, safer, way of life discipline (something that could be introduced into the education system. ) So a lot of the dangerous techniques were removed and the emphasis shifted away from combat and more towards 'improving one's character through the arts' which was supposed to enhance mind, body etc.. However, 'jutsu' were all literally about the techniques to be used.


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Sep 20 2012, 12:13 PM) *
Kenjutsu is basically the actual killing techniques a soldier or samurai would learn and Kendo was a version of that developed for sporting combat.. basically the difference between jujutsu and judo. Anything with 'jutsu' on the end means 'techniques' or 'art of' and anything with 'do' on the end means 'the way of'. The 'do' disciplines were a later shift to a more rounded, safer, way of life discipline (something that could be introduced into the education system. ) So a lot of the dangerous techniques were removed and the emphasis shifted away from combat and more towards 'improving one's character through the arts' which was supposed to enhance mind, body etc.. However, 'jutsu' were all literally about the techniques to be used.


Very well explained mate! Thank you for the right words biggrin.gif


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post Sep 23 2012, 06:51 PM
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It was MORE THAN AWESOME! And as a plus biggrin.gif Sensei cooked sushi for the whole crew!

I got to understand the technique of the 'flowing blocking' if I may translate the term like that - it is called Uke Nagashi and we analyzed it in 6 forms of kata - 2 for each school.

Each 2 katas had a tachi version and a kodachi version, that literally means 'long sword' and 'short sword' and at the end, as a 'desert' we had the 7th one which deals with Musashi's 2 sword technique. It is incredibly difficult to master and I utterly felt incapable of understanding it. It's just not the time I guess. The others were also difficult but this last one... that Musashi was something. Really something!

I am uber hyped and tired as hell after 8 hours of fencing but I feel very happy after this experience and humbled at the same time smile.gif It feels good to learn, that's for certain!

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post Sep 23 2012, 07:15 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 23 2012, 06:51 PM) *
It was MORE THAN AWESOME! And as a plus biggrin.gif Sensei cooked sushi for the whole crew!

I got to understand the technique of the 'flowing blocking' if I may translate the term like that - it is called Uke Nagashi and we analyzed it in 6 forms of kata - 2 for each school.

Each 2 katas had a tachi version and a kodachi version, that literally means 'long sword' and 'short sword' and at the end, as a 'desert' we had the 7th one which deals with Musashi's 2 sword technique. It is incredibly difficult to master and I utterly felt incapable of understanding it. It's just not the time I guess. The others were also difficult but this last one... that Musashi was something. Really something!

I am uber hyped and tired as hell after 8 hours of fencing but I feel very happy after this experience and humbled at the same time smile.gif It feels good to learn, that's for certain!

Cosmin


That sounds like it was an excellent experience Cos-Master !! Makes me want to do it ! biggrin.gif

As an interesting side note.. the Japanese word use for blocks, 'Uke', means 'to receive'. The original Japanese terminology is probably better than the Westerner's terminology of 'block'. The idea was originally that these moves were meant to receive the attack and either deflect it or use the motion etc.. just like you said.. 'flowing'. smile.gif


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post Sep 23 2012, 08:34 PM
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QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Sep 23 2012, 08:34 PM) *
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He's a proper little Samurai !! smile.gif


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post Sep 24 2012, 08:04 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Sep 23 2012, 06:15 PM) *
That sounds like it was an excellent experience Cos-Master !! Makes me want to do it ! biggrin.gif

As an interesting side note.. the Japanese word use for blocks, 'Uke', means 'to receive'. The original Japanese terminology is probably better than the Westerner's terminology of 'block'. The idea was originally that these moves were meant to receive the attack and either deflect it or use the motion etc.. just like you said.. 'flowing'. smile.gif


Precisely mate! Very well said biggrin.gif Well, why don't you pick up a Bokken and search for your British branch of Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu?

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Uh oh! I am not ready to receive a shinai from that fierce samurai!


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