Archive for August, 2011
I received thirty five comments about my “No Warning or Wounding Shots” post. It seems that several of my readers did not understand the concept of DEANIMATING your attacker(s). This is not some “Orwellian Double Speak,” it’s actually very important from neuro linguistic, ethical, legal, strategic and tactical perspectives.
The word and concept of “deanimation” is not my own, I learned it twenty three years ago from my first firearms instructor, the legendary John Farnam, while going through the bodyguard training course at Executive Security International (ESI).
With Hurricane Irene screaming its way toward the East Coast of the United States, I thought it would be good to review some of the things that we could do to psychologically prepare for the impending hurricane. To physically prepare for a hurricane you want to evacuate to high ground away from the shore, make sure that your car is in good working order and totally fueled up, have enough water for at least three days, stock up on food that needs no preparation like sports bars and trail mix etc. Unfortunately, no one ever talks about the mental preparation needed to survive a natural disaster.
The essence of all martial arts and military strategies is self-protection and the prevention of danger. Ninjutsu epitomizes the fullest concept of self-protection through martial training in that the ninja art deals with the protection of not only the physical body, but the mind and spirit as well. The way of the ninja is the way of enduring, surviving, and prevailing over all that would destroy one. More than merely delivering strikes and slashes, and deeper in significance than the simple out-witting of an enemy; ninjutsu is the way of attaining that which we need while making the world a better place. The skill of the ninja is the art of winning.
Many teachers of NIHON KORYU BUJUTSU “Japanese Old School Martial Arts” claim that their art alone is the oldest of all Japanese Martial Arts (JMA). Some of them, at first seem to have a good case for this claim. The legitimacy of their lineage charts have been corroborated by the top scholars in the field and their arts are mentioned in historical records made by independent historians not directly associated with their school. Some Ryuha legitimately do stretch back over a thousand years into Japanese history.
One of my readers recently told me about a case where a women fired a “warning shot” at a would be attacker who may have had a knife and is now being threatened with arrest by the police. Apparently, the would be attacker was scared away by the warning shot. Although the warning shot tactic seems to have worked in this instance, warning shots in general are a very bad idea. Let’s examine why.
There’s a concept in authentic Ninja Martial Arts training known as SHINSHIN SHINGAN, which literally means “god eyes, god mind,” a good transliteration into English is “Obtaining the mind and eyes of God.” this concept can be found in the scrolls of both Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu and Togakure Ryu Ninpo.
At first this may seem like a religious idea, even a blasphemous one by Western standards. However, it most definitely is not. The ancient Japanese understanding of “God” or “Gods” is much more in line with concepts of elemental shamanic cultures throughout the world. It predates the Western monotheistic idea, or more accurately the Middle Eastern concept of the One True God, by thousands of years. The Japanese notion of Shin (as in Shinto) or KAMI “Spirit” has more to do with an intuitive shamanic understanding, appreciation and reverence for the natural world then the Middle Eastern concept of a single creator of the universe.
The Cold Steel TI-LITE line of tactical folding knives evoke the sleek speed and rebellious lines of the classic 1950’s-styled switchblade, like the one used by Clint Eastwood in the original “Dirty Harry” film. Unlike most switchblades however, the 4″ versions are legal to carry nearly everywhere within the United States. They feature Japanese made AUS 8A stainless steel blades with a bead blast finish, razor sharp edges and sturdy, needle sharp points. The CNC milled handles are forged from super tough 7075 Aluminum billets and are given an attractive bead blast surface and finished with a protective EDP (Electric Discharge Plating) coating. There’s also two less expensive versions made with super tough Zytel handles. For maximum strength and safety, the Ti-Lites are equipped with a patent pending, stainless steel leaf spring lock, proven, in tests, to hold 130 lbs.
There’s a new wave of crime happening around the world and you need to prepare for it now.
You may have heard of pre-arranged “flash mobs” where invitations to silly events are spread virally through Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging.
I very rarely go on any of the dozens and dozens of different online martial arts forums, I’d much rather use the time to actual train, instead of reading about people arguing about training. Every once and a while though I’ll be researching a certain topic and the search will turn up a link to a conversation on one of the boards. One of the most commonly asked questions is “where can someone find a training group or school for a specific art in their area?” I came across this very question in regards to authentic Ninja Martial Arts training the other day. The person wanted to know if there was anyone teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in his area. Apparently there wasn’t. Someone suggested that until he could get to Japan, he should train in Judo and if he wanted striking training, he should train in (Western) Boxing. I couldn’t agree LESS!
I’ve done quite extensive research into the Asian Martial Arts. When I first began to research the Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts I was perplexed at how many similarities there were between the various systems of the two countries. One of my good friends and students was also a senior instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts. He had a huge collection of Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts videos, which he happily lent to me. It was fascinating to me how many of the empty hand techniques of Filipino Kali, Escrima and Arnis de Mano looked like the empty hand techniques of Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Kuntao. Along those same lines, the stick and knife fighting methods of Indonesia bear a striking resemblance to many of the weaponry methods of the Philippine Islands. When I began to deepen my research I discovered that that centuries ago the islands that make up the present day countries of the Philippines and Indonesia were part of a vast empire known as the Majapahit.