You know I, I'm a n00b here and kinda came along here hoping, I suppose, to find a rational discussion debunking fraudulent practitioners that are dangerous or encouraging bad behaviour, discussions of technical flaws and encouraging those whose techniques have merit. That would be helpful if I decided to start training again. Instead I find that the Bullshit in Bullshido is here in the forums.
Most Forum posts consist of nothing but unconstructive criticism, prejudice and hatred.
There are many examples of this. One case in point is Bujinkan. So what that some Japanese guy made it up or based it on an old book or learned it from some dead japanese guy. Does it matter?
No one here calls Kendo, and BJJ and Aikido "fake" martial arts. In fact, based on the criticism I have seen about Bujinkan - BJJ, Kendo and Aikido are complete fakes - invented recently, has no real practical use except for UFC bouts or tournaments. And definitely not military combat tested. Not really much of a martial arts and yet people raise BJJ as an example of a real martial art against Bujinkan or even Karate (apparently some japanese guy in okinawa just invented that fake martial art too!). So weird.
For the record I did do Bujinkan. For fun. For my life. My lung transplant left me as weak as a kitten and after 1 year of Bujinkan training I was superfit - well ok I could stand up without falling over :) . It was an excellent experience for me. But alas, I have had medical complications that have prevented my attendance. If that makes you think less of me then that is your own prejudice - move to a different topic - dont bother posting.
In the year or so I learned use and attack swords, two swords, knives, bo, han-bo, every form of punch possible, how to fight 1, 2 and 3 people at once, and improvisation. We trained to the point of pain and in 35 degree celcius heat with 99% humidity and 10 degree celcius conditions. Some of the guys were bouncers and police officers that regularly used their skills in combat against other martial arts and non-martial arts combatants. And that was good enough for me. I wore a belt of my appropriate rank only when I was asked to very politely after refusing to relinquish my white belt after several gradings.
This experience was contrasted significantly when I moved interstate and changed dojos to be confronted with mats, no improvisation, no multiple combat, and a softly softly approach. Different instructor - different rules. To be honest I didn't enjoy it as much as the hard workout I got in my previous dojo but I was faced with little choice.
My experiences with other martial arts was - to say the lest - disappointing. Most of the instructors were bullys and thugs. I was 32 - post transplant - I wasn't looking to play silly games like wasting 20 minutes doing pushups on my dime. One instructor told us that we had to request permission to not attend a training session. What a jerk!
If I have just described your instructor then I suggest you change dojos immediately.
For a site that claims to remove the bullshit from martial arts all I can see are the bullies and thugs piling bullshit on other martial arts and only a rare glimpse of true martial artists.
What is really sad to see is that martial artists are having armchair battles over which is a good martial art or not based - not on experience - but on their beliefs and prejudices.
Almost Four hundred Years ago Miyamoto Musashi said in his book of Wind that "In strategy you must know the Ways of other schools". This means actually being openminded enough to attend classes and learn the moves. I see none of that here. I see insular minds arguing that their martial art is better than <insert name>.
While in the Wind book Musashi does criticise other martial arts but not by name - by technique. This allows the reader to recognise the technique without bogging down into whether it is *blah* or *blag* martial art or not.
To be honest I don't know if Bujinkan, BJJ or Karate is a real martial art or not. And I don't really care. I know I had fun and it helped me at the time.
I am sure that the less desirable elements will call me all names under the sun and scoff in derisive laughter but then again I have been cut in half and lived. I have seen and felt true horrors in my life that would give you nightmares. So I really don't care. But if you do decide to post please ensure you point out the bits where my opinion of the martial art I enjoyed was wrong.
I do have a message to Bujinkan practitioners, though. Stop trying to justify the origin of the martial art on internet forums. Even if Hatsumi comes out with an amazing piece of evidence linking him personally to Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu none of these people will believe it, so give up.
With the right teacher it is a good martial art. It is equal to BJJ, Kendo, Karate, Kung Fu and Tae Kwon do. They all have their place. What matters is the attitude of the teachers and students.
My question to those who dont TLDR is: has Martial Arts losing its substance and become just another religious debate - a debate where one is not allowed an opinion? Many martial arts have changed significantly over the last 50 years, why?. Is the introduction of the belt system - particularly the black belt poisoning our arts?