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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 6

 

Art of War – Part 6

Photo – Anshu Christa Jacobson in 2008; at the Video shoot for the Togakure Ryu Shinobigatana DVD Series.

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“Unless it is absolutely necessary, never use force when taking control of another state, Not using force will enable you to relax the fears of the people. If you use force you ultimately will not get the following or support that you are fighting for. If you do not use force, they will realize the meaning of your intentions and they will follow your lead.”

“People will always have the desire to see the demise of any leader, including their own.”

“People will always show hatred towards those in power, because they hate their own lives.”

“If there is the slightest annoyance or inconvenience brought about, people usually get unsteady when under pressure and they will usually follow the bread wagon and do so with little regard for future consequences. The masses of people are only concerned with their own welfare. that is why they are peasants and not leaders.”

“Warlords see the future; peasants only see the present and grumblers only see the past”

(my personal interpretations and research taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


Anshu Christa Jacobson – NEW NINJA MAGAZINE #16!

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Table of Contents
Page 12  – Difference between Knowledge and Wisdom
Page 13 – Chi no Dachi by Sensei Paul Adams
Page 19 – Keri Waza – Sensei Dan Buckley
Page 28 – Soke Jinichi Kawakami by Barron Shepherd
Page 38 – Shinobi Stealth TaiKai 2010 – Anshu Christa Jacobson
Page 53 – Shinobi Koryu Kyomon by Anshu Christa Jacobson
Page 60 – Thoughts of Martial Philosophy by Sensei Paul Adams

Shinobi no Mono Features
Page 58 – Ninjutsu History Research
Page 66 – Shinobi no Waza
Page 69 – Dojo Directory 

I hope that you all enjoy the new magazine!  

We had a great time placing it together!

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo!

Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo


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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Understanding the Fire Element

 

10.27.2010 – Kuden Lesson

Understanding the Element of Fire

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During my meditation today I thought about the element of fire. Fire is a very aggresive element and if you have no control, it will eventually consume you.

* WATER – is a healing element, it is cool and soothing, it adopts to its surroundings with peace.

* EARTH – is strong and steady, it is confident and will not move, not even in the moment of destruction.

* WIND – is circular and soft, it gains power through constant motion, yet you cannot grasp it or see it.

* FIRE – is alive, a rock cannot move all by itself, yet a fire can spread and take out a whole city and everything in its path.

If you CAN control fire, it is just like the sun, the greatest source of energy and complete balance with nature. This control of fire comes from breathing, this is why it is very important to practice correct breathing.

No matter what element that you are training in, we are all of these elements at different times in the day and in different relationships with different people. Understanding this, is the understanding of “Ku” or void.

To learn any discipline, you have to have discipline first.

IT SADDENS ME TO SAY THIS, I once had a student that had to interest in learning discipline, although I tried to teach discipline and control, his only concern was with sparring and beating up his opponents using the fire element.

What he did not understand is that fire is a horrible element to have control of your life. Fire needs to be used only when needed,… fire in nature is to consume and without control it destroys everything around it. Without this understanding of the fire element, you risk loosing everything around you.

With the people that are consumed by the fire element in all areas of life,…fire brings destruction and pain. It forces the individual to have to walk a thin line of humanity and savagery.

As a martial artist we need to learn to use all of the elements at the right time and the right places in our lives, this balance of the elements will bring us happiness, control, a body as strong as any warrior, clarity of mind and peace.

I hope that today’s lesson to my students can help anyone that reads it. I wish you all well.

Take care, Be safe and good luck in your Journey of Budo.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 5

 

Photo – Rikimaru in Tenchu

(Thought that this picture would serve as a good artistic point of view for today’s understandings.)

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“The intelligent warlord understands that the entrance into conflict is senseless wit out an attitude of complete and total victory. There is no reason to contemplate anything else. If victory is not his main goal, then what is to be accomplished?”

“Paper tigers are burned up at the first contact with a flame and cease to exist,…those that are more concerned with paper than “REAL” objectives are not real warriors. Warriors are warriors and do not concern themselves with anything but war.”

” Just because you have won in combat and now seem invincible. The strength of your victory also depends ion the weakness of your enemy, which you have determined. After victory is attained, be prepared and govern the conquered. The people will do your bidding once you have their trust and if they believe you have done for them as you have done for your won people.”

(my personal interpretations and research taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/

 


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 4

Photo – Kunoichi

(Thought that this picture would serve as a good artistic point of view for today’s understandings.)

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“Correct strategies must be developed by methods that enable the warlord to bring about the implementation of his true beliefs. it does not matter how he does this, he must, however; make sure that his own house is protected before going to battle.”

“Going into battle means that all preparations are in place and effort can minimized by using a primary tool of war – DECEPTION.”

“Enemies must never see you in direct motion (such as coming at them) Enemies must never sense your actions.”

“In war it is essential to make the enemy think one thing while you deliver a strike from another direction. It is essential to keep the enemy off balance.”

“Destroy your enemy in anyway that you can, but never forget that he many have resources as well and may be prepared for you attack.”

“Never think that he is incapable of destroying you, when you let ego set, you are not seeing a clear picture and the image is disrupted. Keep a clear mind of the whole picture and act accordingly.”

(my personal interpretations and research taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/

 


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 3

Photo – Darth Maul

(Thought that this picture would serve a better artistic point of view for today’s understandings; than me smiling into the camera with my blonde highlights 🙂

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“If warriors under your command follow your instructions you will have great success. Reward them well and reward them equally.”

“If they cannot be trusted with you, than for certain they cannot be trusted among your enemies. If you permit them to remain in your presence, they might rush to the other side and reveal your plans. Do not take this chance. War does not permit faltering personal belief.”

“Men who do not follow instructions can never lead as commanders. They serve no purpose other than to use up valuable resources and create dissension,…DISPOSE OF THEM!”

“Compassion must be reserved for those who truly need it. Never try to win someone over by changing your strategy in hopes of befriending them, hope is nothing more than wishful thinking and must be avoided at all cost,…..It changes your focus and creates false friends who are worse than your enemies.”

(my personal interpretations and research taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


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Anshu Christa Jacobson – FANS THANK YOU!

O.M.G! 10,000+ FANS ON FACEBOOK FAN FAGE!!

I just want to say thanks to all of you for being a friend / fan of the page!

As many of you know I started with the personal page and once it hit 5,000 “friends” I started a fan page. The “fan” page enabled me to have as many fans as I want,….just not as much freedom as the personal page.

To my surprise on the fan page this morning I see that I have over 10,100+ fans! PLUS the 5,000 on the personal page! WOW.

I just wanted to say to all of you thank you for the support!!!!!!!!

I’m not blind, I see the hits on our websites, the sales that we do, all of the programs that we have are very active, the subscribers on youtube and the fans on facebook, etc,etc. I am not blind to see that we are very well liked in the marital arts community and I will tell you this;……I will keep doing what I am doing until the day that I take my last breath. I love what I do, and I love helping people in the arts. I am truly honored and humbled that so many want to keep up with myself and the school,…

Thank you all so much, I hope whatever it is that I am doing that motivates you, I keep doing it, so that you may find that little spark of inspiration that I am trying to create for you.

Thank you all again for all of the support!

(humbly bow)

Anshu Christa Jacobson


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 1

Photo / Screen displays the battle of Sekigahara
“Battle for the Sundered Realm”, considered to be the unofficial beginning of the Tokugawa bakufu, the last shogunate to control Japan.

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“Conflict is essential to the development and growth of man and society. It leads either to the construction or destruction of an entire group or state. As a leader of men, you should understand this concept without question. If you do not understand the need for conflict, than you should not be in control of the society that you presume yourself to be in charge of. Conflict does not always mean “physical combat; however if there is no conflict -internal or external – there can be no growth.”

(taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Combat Concepts

“Although the belt color shows, it does not mean you know.” – ED PARKER

***INTERPRETATION*** I see a lot of people out there with more stripes than years of training, I also see many out there that think that they know it all of the art, but cannot do ANY of the art,…DON’T BE FOOLED by those that talk about the warring arts but cannot apply them, without this feeling of application, one never truly understands it. – Anshu Christa Jacobson


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Art of War Part 2

Photo – Art of War by Sun Tzu

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“Insult the enemy with sublety; degrade when and where you can degrade, offer fools bait and entice him to display his stupidity. Dong these things will capitalize on his arrogance.”

***** (NOTE) knowing that this is a offensive tactic NEVER fall for this trick and engage as a DEFENSIVE counterpart! – (1) it lets you off guard (2) makes you susceptible to wrongful verbal attacks (3) if engage it shows weakness to your soldiers*****

“If he is not resolute in matters of war, he will easily be kept off guard and will fall in battle. ALWAYS let the enemy kill themselves. Any weakness your opponent has exploit it and kill it. OVER AND OVER till the enemy submits or dies; never giving an inch for his / her weakness.

(my personal interpretations and research taken from Sun Tzu’s book; (Art of War)

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I hope that these words from Sun Tzu can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Real Budo

Photo – Ed Parker; Father of American Kenpo.

I found this quote by Ed Parker, and there is a lot of real meaning in it. Although I do not teach American / Ed Parker’s Kenpo, I do not want to close my mind off from the philosophical interpretations that we can learn from all of the Budo Masters.

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“There are no pure styles of karate. Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh, no matter who delivers or receives.” – ED PARKER

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In the 7 Traditions of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo, we teach Samurai Bujutsu and Traditional Ninjutsu. I feel if you read Mr. Ed Parkers Quote, you can place in any name of an art for the word “karate” and these words still hold true.

Too many like to read books, look for proof, when the essence of these arts are not on paper. The essence of these arts is in our hearts, our blood, our sweat and tears.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com/


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Kempo Seminar 2010


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Koka Ryu Kempo


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Shinobi Stealth Camp 2010 武道流忍術道場


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Togakure Ryu Ninpo Tai Kai 2010 – 戸隠流忍術


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Ninpo Goshin Taijutsu – REAL Self Defense


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Difference Between Life and Death – 武道流忍術道場


Anshu Christa Jacobson – 2010 Tomo Ryu Ninjutsu Camp – 武道流忍術道場


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Budo

PHOTO / CALLIGRAPHY DONE BY ME 2010

“BUDO”

The Japanese word “Budo” consist of two characters.

“BU” – Although usually translated as “martial”, the original components of this character has the meaning “to stop the spear” with definite connotation of restoring peace. “BU” may also be interpreted as “valorous action” or “courageous living”.

“DO” (tao in chinese) means the way of the truth, the path to liberation or the path to enlightenment.

The two Kanji placed together “BUDO” is understood to many as martial arts or martial way,..but truly is felt as “The way of brave and enlightened activity.”

Budo has to grown with the times. This does not take rocket science to understand that you have to update the methods of how you approach combat. We live in a different time and just as we grow as a human race, the truth of Budo has to grow also. To make your school and effective method of training you can use the Godai (5 elemental principals) you can learn the deeper truth of the arts.

(1 – Chi / earth / foundation) Learn the traditional kata, understand the principals that the past masters have giving us, we cannot forget where we came from, and we have to honor the tradition, history and masters of the past.

(2 – Sui / Water / Adaptability) Train with Henka (variations) and see all of the many ways you can take that one strategy or principle and use it many ways. Explore the kata, see what you can find, this ultimately will lead you on your own journey of Budo.

(3 – Ka / Fire / Intensity) Train with Randori (chaos) this is a word that many use for sparring drills, grappling drills, nage waza drills. Anything thing that you can do to train against another live person that is trying to do the same thing to you, but you are not in a fixed position. This is how you find out how you can move freely in a real fight.

(4 – Fu / Wind / Freedom of Movment) Train in actual physical conditioning. Wind is a circular element, this represents the life time of training. Striking Bags / Bag Work, Calisthenics, Weight / Resistance training, Cardio Training, Impact / Bone Conditioning, Core conditioning. When you start you do not stop training. No matter who we are, no matter the rank that we achieve, if you stop working out, you will loose your physical conditioning, this is the element of wind, keep training over and over just like a circle it does not stop. Nothing is worse than to have to protect your family from danger and you cannot because you are not used to fighting with your heart rate raised!

(5 – Ku / Void / Connecting) This is the element of void, spiritual refinement, meditation, Kuji or whatever practice that you use to connect to the inner voice. This is very important to understand how to clear your mind and take all of the things that are listed above and connect them into one source,..your body. To do this you need mental clarity and peace. You need to know who you are with no ego, no sense of self. Just understood purpose.

I hope that this helps you all in your training.

Thanks for all of the support –

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Virtues of the Ninja

THE TEN VIRTUES OF THE NINJA

*** Taken from the Bansenshukai (Koka Version) wriiten by Fujibayashi Yasutake in 1676 ***

Ninja are often viewed as ancient Japanese assassins and masters of stealth, although these are some of the skills that they possess, many of the ninja ryu aspired to maintain samurai ethical standards. Below are the 10 virtues of the Ninja taken from the Koka Bansenshukai written in 1676 by Fujibayashi Yasutake

* Loyalty
* Bravery
* Strategic Knowledge
* Diligence
* Trustworthiness
* Good Health
* Responsibility
* Ingenuity
* Knowledge of the Teachings of Buddha & Confucius
* Gifted Speech

I hope that you can add this to your knowledge of the arts.
Thanks for all of the support. Be Safe

Anshu Christa Jacobson
headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Secrets of Technique

PHOTO – SEIRYUEN GARDEN, NIJO CASTLE, JAPAN

“SECRETS OF TECHNIQUE”

The secrets of technique were said to have been passed to Ushiwakamaru (known as Minamoto Yoshitsune 1159-1189) by the mysterious Master Ki-ichi-hogen. These teachings have been widely employed by martial art instructors over the centuries and are still in use today.

Morihei Ueshiba (1888-1969), the founder of Aikido often quoted from this listwhen teaching and deomstratin Aikido technique.

* When your opponent comes, greet him at once.
*If he withdraws, immediately send him on his way.
* Where there is opposition, harmonize with it on teh spot.
* If there is a force of one, add nine to make ten.
* If there is a force of two, add eight to make ten.
* If there is a force of three, add seven to make ten.

UTILIZE THIS PRINCIPAL TO ACHIEVE HARMONIZATION

* There is nothing in the universe that cannot be harmonized
* Distinguish between truth and falsehood.
* Know how to discern the hidden.
* Great is larger than the Universe.
* Small enters the tiniest particle.
* Adjust to the vagaries of life and death
* Adapt to ceaseless change.
*remain unshaken regardless of the circumstances.

Thought I would share my notes on harmony with you, these are the principles that have been taught for centuries. I hope that you can read them and find something positive from it also. Thanks for all of the support you all.

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo.


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Principals of Budo

Photo – Bamboo Forest – Kyoto, Japan

“THE PRINCIPALS OF BUDO”

Three Essential Elements of Budo:

(1) The Timing of Heaven.
(2) The Utility of Earth.
(3) The Harmonization of human beings

– Bugei Koden


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Give your Students Everything

Photo – Antique Armor of Ninja in Ninja Museum, Japan.

“Why not give your students everything that you can?”

There are many different ninjutsu schools across the world, although some wants to discredit others, the facts are that we are all here, teaching martial arts on the same planet, even if they do not act like it.

One thing that really gets me is that there are schools that claim to teach ninjutsu, yet they only do taijutsu, they never really teach the weapons that much at all, they never teach stealth or any of the things that they “sell” with vintage footage, it is taijutsu. They don’t condition their students for a real fight either, no sparring, no grappling, no bag work. HAVE YOU SEEN PICTURES OF TAKAMATSUS HANDS AND FEET? (33rd grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu). They look like that because he practiced every day punching and kicking trees and other training objects to make his body withstand the force of a real fight!

These same people say that sparring is not needed because it is not a real street fight, so the kata is what they explore for the principals. This is true, Sparring is not a real street fight, but if you practice kata and get principals from that to apply to a street fight, than why can you not spar and take what you learn from that, and apply those principals and strategies to your martial training? Timing, Distancing, Offense, Defense, Counter Attacks, Learning how to train against a opponent that you do not know what they are going to do it is not a pre-set kata, I am sure that all of these things that we get from sparing can easily be placed into the real world of street fighting. You should train your body in all areas of combat, never tell yourself that you don’t need to spar, learn weapons tactics, ground fighting, impact or physical conditioning because by telling yourself that, that is ego, AND EGO WILL GET YOU DEAD!

Prepare yourself for anything that can happen, stop training for ego and train like your life depended on it! If you can learn anything from the past, I am sure that this lesson alone still rings strong.