Tanuki Bujinkan Dojo 2009

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I would like to first thank Shihan Jack Hoban for visiting our dojo last night to come and train with us. Jack shared some very key points on how to take basic locks such as omote and ura gyaku. He explained the importance of have 3dimensions when taking locks and throws. He also explained in great detail about Kukan. I believe that this was great for everyone, but especially for beginners. Sometimes it is difficult for people to learn something even when they are shown or told a thousand times. This is why it is good to have other instructors come to the dojo, as well as visit seminars, so that you can see the same thing being taught but from another perspective.

There were also quite a few military and law enforcement personell present, and because of Jack’s background he was able to teach them in a different way as well. Personally, I really liked all the stories Jack told us about when he first met Soke. It was nice to have someone with so much experience come and visit us at our dojo.

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This was the first time so many of the Tanuki Dojo Members where in the dojo at the same time. I would also like to thank Antonio and Luis for stopping by as well. We had about 25 people in total, and there was still enough room to train. It was really great, because it helped us better understand how many people we can really fit in our dojo (more than 25) as well as having to pay special attention to the space around you as well as everyone else around you. Our next big seminar will be on Sept 19 and 20 when Shihan Duncan Stewart will come from Japan. If you wish to participate, payment must be made by Sept 1, $100 for a day, or $200 for the weekend.

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It was very cool for me to look around the dojo, and see so many people. It was also cool to see how everyone was enthused about the training. I really encourage everyone to make class whenever possible. The enery was high, and everyone had a lot of fun. Jack mentioned the it is important to be serious in your training. Although it is important to have fun, it is also important to be serious. I often heard Soke and Nagato sensei speak of this when I lived in Japan as well.

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Over the last 5 years now, I have been trying to build a hombu dojo atmosphere as well as Japan training here in the U.S. I was very fortunate to have been taught the basics from Kamioka-san for 1 year, and have been taught the majority of my budo by Nagato and Hatsumi sensei. I learned this art in Japan in Japanese. Therefore, this is the only way I know how to train. I was exposed to a dojo that looks similiar to mine. I also conduct classes as I have been taught in Japan. I am very happy that all the hard efforts of the old and new students have paid off. We now have a fully functional Bujinkan dojo, as well as a strong student base. I have always been searching for students who really wanted to learn the Japanese way as well as Japanese culutre of Martial Arts. I would like to thank everyone who continued to stick with the training for the last five years, and I would like to encourage all the new students to keep going. I feel that we truly have something special, and we need to continue to nurture and preserve this art.  Thanks again to everyone who attended last night’s class, and I am looking foward to many more classes and seminars in the years to come. Your support and dedication is much appreciated. A special thanks to our photo/videographers, Amir, and Shabazz Khan. Because of them, we have been able to achieve more than just training. We have been able to create a log as well as capture moments of our training.

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                                                (Members of the Tanuki Dojo)

Sincerely,

Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan


 
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