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November 14 training

Todays training was about all Bo-Shuriken waza, all stances and distances from 1 to 2 ken. Gyaku uchi is difficult from 2 ken. After that, I started to train Shomenuchi with the left hand from 1 ken. This was very interesting and forced me to really focus on the hand grip as left is my non-dominant hand. Then I followed up with Shomenuchi with two shuriken, one from the left hand and one from the right hand, thrown at the same time from Heiko-dachi and Fuko-dachi. I ended the training with throwing two shuriken at the same time from the right hand, trying to keep them within a 15cm grouping.

I also experimented with the new style bo-shuriken that arrived yesterday. The Shingetsu-ryu bo-shuriken are so strong that they almost penetrate two puzzle mats. I could not practice with the MSR Hanten-daho shuriken as I did not have enough room to move beyond 3 ken.

Second week of November

Training this week was all solo. With travel schedules, we have not had an opportunity to come together. Nevertheless, each us of continues to practice. Chris focused on shomenuchi from 2 ken, as well as gyaku-uchi, dosoku-uchi, and za-uchi from 1.5 ken. Lance shared a video with a few questions about his gyuaku-uchi, and he came up with a very interesting combination of what looks like dosoku-uchi and gyaku-uchi in one technique. Darren continues to be working on kusari fundo kata for shodan.

We have some exciting training scheduled, some of it will be shared as they occur.

Grading Results

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On October 3 and 4th, an MSR seminar took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Otsuka-Sensei provided detailed instruction on many skills from Meifu Shinkage-ryu.

An examination took place of all MSR members in Canada. For MSR Saskatchewan Keikokai, the following members passes examination successfully:

  • Lance Fleming, passed Yonkyu grading (4th Kyu). Start working on Sankyu waza.
  • Darren Thomas, passed Sankyu grading (3rd Kyu). Start working on Nikyu waza.
  • Chris de Feijter, passed Nikyu grading (2nd Kyu). Start working on Ikkyu-waza

Next examination eligibility for Lance and Darren is at the end of January 2016. For Chris, next examination eligibility is at the end of March 2016.
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Last Few Months of 2015

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With the 2015 year almost coming to an end, we can reflect on two successful  MSR Seminar in Canada, the most recent in the weekend of October 3 and 4, 2015.

Following this exciting training weekend, Meifu Shinkage-ryû Saskatchewan Keikokai has updated the training schedule to include the following training sessions:

    • Monday evening, Gordon Denny School, 8-9pm; Fundo Kusari-jutsu
    • Tuesday evening, Saskatchewan home dojo: Shuriken-jutsu – Shoken-jutsu – Shuto-jutsu
    • Sunday, 4pm CST: Online sessions through Appear.in/MSR-Saskatchewan

If you wish to attend any of the sessions, please do so at your discretion.
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Keiko August 10

2 hour session.

Bo-shuriken focused on shomenuchi, za-uchi, and gyaku-uchi only. Our goal was to throw without force; with proper hand positioning and brushing, the shuriken should fly naturally.

Continuing from a previous session, we tried throwing small nails with a length of 2.5 inch as well as the fork. Besides having quite some fun with this, it allowed us to further explore hand position, balance, grip, and brushing.

Keiko July 29

2 hour session.

We have been starting our sessions with either short taijutsu or jutaijutsu workouts as warmups. During this training, we did some omote gyaku and oni kudaki, as well as mune dori from Shinken Fudo ryu to warm up all the joints and movable parts.

Bo-shuriken focused on shomenuchi and za-uchi only. Our goal was to throw without thought, but yet emphasize accurate brushing. We noticed an incredible difference in shomenuchi with brushing and without brushing (or less brushing). We also noted how angled brushing alters the direction of the bo-shuriken.

Za-uchi practice was done from 2 ken, to better train the short but strong hip movement.

Session May 3rd, 2015

We had quite the week last week, here is an overview of what was worked on. Hip rotation and power generation while relaxing was the focus of all sessions.

Monday evening (April 27)

– Short primer on Kusari Fundojutsu: Ippon-me to Roppon-me, focusing on proper hip rotation. 20 minute session

Tuesday evening (April 28)

– Outside session. We worked on Shomenuchi from 2 and 2.5 ken, alternating with Shomenuchi hanten daho from about 5 ken. This was a challenge, but very interesting to explore. 2 hour session

Thursday morning (April 30)

– Shomenuchi from 1.5 and 2 ken. 1 hour session

Sunday morning (May 3)

– Shurikenjutsu, focusing on gyaku uchi only: the diagonal and horizontal variety. 1 hour session.

Session Log April 25, 2015

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Session April 18, 2015

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Participants: Kelvin, Chris.

Today, we had two sessions. Earlier in the day, I decided to use materials that I had on hand to build an outside shuriken target. I did not want to make a permanent target, since my son often plays in the backyard and has friends over. Over the wood, I installed 3 layers of used puzzle-mats. On top of that, I placed the actual target mat. This way, the shuriken does not penetrate the wood as much, which preserves the tip much better.

First session: After the target was build (in the rain), I practiced nikyu waza, focusing on shomen-uchi and gyaku-uchi from 1.5 ken. The birds, who had arrived earlier in the morning, sang a nice song and were eagerly looking for seeds. After about 1 hour, it started to rain heavily, and therefore discontinued the training.

Second session: A few hours later, Kelvin joined for indoor-training. We focused on Gokyu waza, going through all kamae, tenouchi, zanshin, and reiho. Performing technique, we spent quite some time on ashi-sabaki and hip movement. Kelvin’s skill really improved during this hour.

Next session: Tuesday April 21, 2015, 7:oopm
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Session April 14, 2015

Participants: Darren, Chris (just under 2 hours)

Most of the training with Bou shuriken was done from 1.5 ken: shomenuchi, za-uchi, and gyaku-uchi. W also did a few shitate-uchi and dosoku-uchi to mix things up a bit. One of the techniques we worked on was aiming at a low target, and then aiming at a high target as done during the seminar. The aim was on precision.

We ended the session with fundo kusarijutsu, ippon-me to roppon-me, with relaxed swings and proper execution of each strike. We will continue with Fundo Kusarijutsu next Monday in the gym, focusing on distance and aim by using several objects at different distances.

Next sessions have been scheduled for April 20 (fundo kusarijutsu) and April 21 (Shurikenjutsu)

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