The Last Ninja - Bujinkan TaiKai USA
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Masaaki Hatsumi - The Last Ninja In August of 2003, 72 year-old Masaaki Hatsumi, the GrandMaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu, left his home in Japan and came to the United States to demonstrate the true art of the ancient Japanese Ninja. Hatsumi's system is called "Bujinkan" and contains elements of classic combat martial arts, as well as, the mysterious art of Ninjutsu. This DVD contains the incredible techniques and fighting style of the Ninja, including esoteric weaponry and hand to hand fighting. Hatsumi's teaching style is very conversational and gives insight into the warrior life philosophy of, perhaps, the most mysterious guerilla fighters who ever lived. Now at an advanced aged, but still remarkable strong and agile due to decades of his Ninja training, Hatsumi has said that he will never teach again outside of Japan. His retirement from international instruction is the end of an era. Masaaki Hatsumi is truly "The Last Ninja." Keywords: ninja;ninjutsu;ninjitsu;bujinkan;taikai;Masaaki Hatsumi;Hatsumi;Jack Hoban;Hoban;martial arts;karate;fitness;sports;health
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Item model number : B000J3EYCI
- Director : Mark Hodel
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 6 hours
- Release date : November 20, 2019
- Actors : Masaaki Hatsumi
- Producers : Jack Hoban
- Studio : CustomFlix
- ASIN : B000J3EYCI
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #273,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I fast forward in between viewing 'cos it can be quite boring. So don't waste your money.I bought this DVD is b'cos of the many reviews that I read. So,don't trust reviews, including mine. It's your choice and your taste. Credits must given to the clear picture. Warning, there's no Chapters selection in all 3 DVDs.
What you learn in the Bujinkan depends upon your teacher, how you learn and retain it depends entirely upon you. I was a mid level green belt at this Tai Kai initially overwhelmed by the thought of training with a room full of Black belts and others of greater experience. My class experience had been shinken gata from the beginning, my instructor taught me real world fighting even before the official allowance post 911 from Hatsumi. So I found that even though I may not have had all of the experience I might have wished for at the Tai Kai, that in training with individuals of various ranges of skill, I was very easily able to survive and actually thrive.
I did see black belts who seemed to lack the level of experience that I had. I also saw green belts who were incredibly accomplished and almost eerily smooth and proficient. It all has to do with what your teacher brings to the table, and then what you are able to absorb that is of value.
The format of the Tai Kai was demonstration and perhaps talk by Hatsumi, then a flurry of activity as onlookers attempted to replicate it. Hatsumi would watch and comment and caution, and then swiftly move into the next technique. The DVD cuts out all of the floor activity but does show how selected teachers and black belts interpret Hatsumis technique as they display it on stage.
When I looked around I could see that many to most people were not replicating what Hatsumi was doing on stage, even some of the demonstrating Black instructors missed the mark. But the value of the event is in getting the "feeling" of where you need to be and what you need to do in such a situation. Not stomp, kick, thrust, punch, repeat - THAT in my humble opinion will get you killed.
The training in the bujinkan can be old school full on, or some degree of it. Agreed, unless there in intent behind attacks and defense the sense of danger and urgency is not there, and unless power is there then you won't know what to do when really struck. All of that is within the teaching of the Bujinkan, it depends on your instructors method. I'd caution that while hoping for a teacher to show you the way of power, pray that you haven't walked into the dojo of a sadist.
You must also realzie that TIME and AGE will take SPEED and POWER from us all. Why spend a life learning a system that specializes or keys on power technique when you won't have the power needed at the time in life when you need it most? Predators always prefer the aged and weak, perceived or real. I specifically chose the Bujinkan to advance in once I discovered the age and ability of the elder Hatsumi and his instructor Takamatsu.
The two main concepts 'I found' that Hatsumi teaches here and shows repeatedly in every technique are "gain a sense of the combat so that you move naturally, even unhurredly into the position best for you and least beneficially to your enemy while allowing your enemy to believe that he or she is in best position and has you dominated, struck or hurt - when you are not." AND Remove balance from your opponent and NEVER give it back. He does this over and over.
Its for you to debate, discuss, or discover, but without balance you cannot have power. So if you rain in power and our angles and energy and methods remove your foundation... where are you then?
I have found that once balance is removed from an opponent, you can bring a 300 pound martial artist down with all the power inherent in an 11 year old girl. Bujinkan training keeps you alive while you manuever to do this, and shows you how to direct that fall to make it breath taking, or the final crash and burn.
One attacker not enough? How about watching Hatsumi-sensei toss around multiple attackers half his age as if they weren't even there? Still not enough for you? Okay, lets add a variety of weapons such as shuriken (throwing stars), daisho (long and short swords), kyoketsu shoge (sickle and chain), and yari (spear), and watch as he effortlessly controls his opponents.
Most importantly, Hatsumi-sensei doesn't teach in a stiff and stern manner. His approachable and charismatic demeanor really comes through, and makes it not only fun to watch but much easier to understand what it is that he's teaching. I highly recommend this DVD set. Anyone interested in martial arts can benefit from the information, and those seeking the true essence of the warrior way will not find a better source!