Thread: Bullshido Artist Ralph Severe
1/28/2010 1:03pm, #151Originally Posted by kamiyamashinobiOriginally Posted by kamiyamashinobiOriginally Posted by kamiyamashinobiOriginally Posted by kamiyamashinobiOriginally Posted by kamiyamashinobi
Sorry that I'm jumping in so late here. Late-comers tend to throw a wrench into things and repeat previous questions. I've combed through the thread and read everyone's questions, the responses, and have a feel for the overall tone of the thread.
First off, I want to make it clear that I am not in any way criticizing you or your art. I don't have any experience with it.
It seems that rank in your eyes is not important and that the only thing that matters is the results. I can completely understand this mindset in that a Black Belt from one particular school in a style will not have the same requirements and results as a Black Belt from a different school in the same style. I can respect that and it is the harsh reality that a lot of people outside of the martial arts community don't want to hear.
I actually only have one question that I feel is a valid question and it is not loaded in the least. I'm just curious about the answer considering your responses so far.
If rank and past training is of no interest to you, why do you have all of your ranks and past training listed on your various pages?
Given your position, shouldn't you simply state that you have a lot of experience and that you will get results without mentioning any of your ranks?
1/28/2010 1:33pm, #152
1/28/2010 1:40pm, #153
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This is not related at all to your ranks etc. but rather to what you yourself wrote
1/28/2010 1:53pm, #154
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uncle skippy, "If rank and past training is of no interest to you, why do you have all of your ranks and past training listed on your various pages"?
I believe that the pages of my web site speak for themselves. You, being the reader, might have some interest in what the pages state. On the other hand I might not have any interest what so ever in what they state. It is like a system of martial arts, Take what you feel is best and go from there. I feel from this silly Q weak effort Q about ranking when in fact I can clear up Q regarding the Bujinkan, Members I have trained with and my training now is interesting. My issues are not important to me but telling you like it is and is not in the Bujinkan, the training or members of the Bujinkan is a valet point which I will put effort into at this time. If you wish to take advantage of that do so and if not I could care less.
“Given your position, shouldn't you simply state that you have a lot of experience and that you will get results without mentioning any of your ranks”?
I believe I can state anything I wish on the web site that is honest and subject related to who might be reading it. It seems most here if not all only read about ranking. Ok. So that was effective and you read the web site to find more information on the ranking in hopes of finding something you dislike or are interested in asking about. Groovy, what ever.
If you feel I am claiming ‘I am this or that’ and you disagree ‘I am totally ok with your findings and well I should be’. It doesn’t interest me that you have opinions and well you should have opinions and maybe a liberated thinker. I feel this Q and liberation is what training manifest in all serious martial artists.
BTW, it is not a “ninjutsu school” research more or catch up with the thread.
cletus, I believe I have that option and I feel the other is worthless information to chat about.
1/28/2010 1:56pm, #155
Thank you, Sir.
I think you understand that this is not a scam campaign against your system or your school. Your colleague has made questionable and improbable claims about his martial arts record and refused to explain or prove them. While these supposed lies don't diminish his actual martial arts knowledge, they are still lies.
1/28/2010 2:20pm, #156
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Nice user name.
I'm sure this means something?
“sir, do you have menkyo in that particular ryu(like tsunehisa tanemura or fumio manaka)”?
I have not seen the license that these awesome men have but I am aware they have been license through Hatsumi sensei with some type of license. The licenses that I have are of two difference subject origins. Both allow me to express myself as I feel the need to through what I have been shown, drilled, trained and applied in my training regardless of the subject matter.
“or are you teaching with the certification of BBT”?
I have no idea what BBT is?
if you are not part of the bujinkan anymore then the certification of teaching is void, right?
I feel you have a misunderstand of the license in which is passed on from teacher to student. If you are referring to a membership license, ranking license or a teaching license etc. you are not being clear so I have a difficult time understand what it is you wish to know.
“you cannot claim that you teach THAT ryuha according to the org. if you are teaching THAT ryuha as stand-alone, do you have proper certification”?
If you don’t mind be a little more to the point. Are you stating in your opinion or is this a rule or law or are you stating this is something you have heard from someone else?
“or if you teach it as your OWN interpretation, how is it different from SKH”?
Read his web site and read my web site and research for yourself what is the difference or the similarities.
“is ninjutsu really open to interpretation”?
Ninjutsu is just a word given by the kanji which the origins state it means the skills of the ninja. I assume you can do as you feel is necessary with that word meaning.
“if so, then other 'historical MA systems' are too”.
I feel any founder passes on a method of his intentions to his students and in hopes of that method helping him/her in some way or another in their lives. I’m not sure how the founder of that system would feel about having the system interpretive or not because I am not that founder.
“and what do you MEAN by historical”?
Where as the Japanese Bugei is concerned, It is a Japanese system that predates WW2 before the change in Japanese history took place.
“besides bujinkan, have you studied other ryu/historical MA systems(preferably Japanese)”?
“and lastly, you said that it is a misconception that you teach ninjutsu publicly. why is it that you NOW used 'kamiyamashinobi' as your handle”?
I don’t feel a user name is that important do you?
“in all of the forums I'd seen you posted, you used just 'kamiyama'. why give signal to 'shinobi' if you do not want to be identified with ninjutsu teaching”?
It is just a user name. You find a lot of interest in user names? And I do teach Togakure ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, I have never said I do not teach ninjutsu, which in fact has the skills of the shinobi in that system.
I will answer the other Q in due time.
1/28/2010 2:23pm, #157
The Hanbo is indeed not a battlefield weapon however.... the Hanbo was looked upon as a way to carry a little of the battlefield with you so to speak. Specifically some of the Hanbo stuff in Kukishin (and there is a considerable amount of stuff in the school) is techniques that came out of the six foot staff which is a battle field weapon at times, and transferred to the hanbo.
There are also techniques specific to the Hanbo which is why Japanese Bo stuff has both two handed and one handed techniques for example. The idea as I understand it from practice is that any stick should be able to be used if need be. Furthermore like Japanese sword the bo when weilded properly can be weilded in any direction with proper understanding of body movements. This is not only Japanese Bo as you know from your experiences this is also the Kali way with weapons: namely the same movements apply regardless of blade. stick, teardrop weapon or hands.
Ralph might have been playing with that kata as it is a popular one. It does have applications but in free play it does not look like it should. What youhave to do is position so you look like you are in range and not be as you simply let the weapon drop using the weight of the weapon totally.This thread never was a high quality conversation - My friend vern Gilbert on the William Acquier thread.
The fight in question having started over who owns which piece of rubble. Nicko1;2233174 On the Acquier Kim Fiasco slash thread.
1/28/2010 2:27pm, #158
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“I am assuming that the highest ranking, or "master's license" imply receiving a menkyo. Am I correct in this”?
The ranking in Japanese Bugei is pretty basic. This ranking is new and has not been around that long and I assume Hatsumi sensei found it interesting and $ fruitful to use the newer ranking structure.
The base is a grading system, then to the level system. Shodan and above. Shodan to yondan is a basic level, godan to nanadan an instructor level, hachidan and above a master level. This is what is normal not only in the Bujinkan but most Japanese systems of the newer ranking structure.
I do not agree on the system used by Hatsumi sensei at this time, but that is my opinion and who cares.
“Mr. Severe, I am simply curious, does this mean officially sanctioned training, or do these personnel approach you individually to receive their training”?
I do not understand your Q, once more please?
1/28/2010 2:41pm, #159
Mr. Severe, thank you for answering my earlier question, and my apologies for being unclear with the second.
On your web site, you state that you train military specialist, security officers, body guards, border patrol, DEA, FBI, and law enforcement personnel.
Do these individuals approach you individually for training (via contacting you personally and requesting training,) or is there some form of sanctioned body through which you offer training to such individuals?
1/28/2010 2:44pm, #160
Originally Posted by Dsimon
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The rest of your post kind of maunders about, and I'm not sure where you were going with it, unless you were confused about my terminology of "quarterstaff" and "halfstaff". They are English terms for two staff weapons that are very similar to the rokushakubo. The quarterstaff, however, was a bit longer than the 'bo- roughly your height to where your upstretched hand can reach. The halfstaff was your own height. The names for both come from where you hold the staff. A quarterstaff is held near the end of the staff, and then about a quarter of the way up the staff with your other hand. A little more than one-half the length of the staff was held forward as the primary striking end. A halfstaff is held with half the length of the staff between your hands, equal lengths of the staff being at both ends.
In any case, suffice to say that I am happy that at least one of the techniques I saw in the video has a purpose, although it's obvious it wasn't executed in the right instance. Now if we can address the bad footwork and lack of pointing the business end of the weapon at the opponents or the lack of counterattack by the opponents, I feel we'll be getting somewhere. We can also go over the over-emphasis on powder in the eyes vs. emphasis on proper counter-attack with the sword.
Mr. Severe, feel free to jump in any time here.
*Edit* to better explain a quarterstaff grip.
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