Hello again! I want to post this and I think it qualifies as a new thread.
There is a Jinenkan dojo a bit close to me that teaches Taijutsu, Bojutsu, Kenjutsu... Basically armed and unarmed combat.
I asked the instructor there for information using what Bullshido people usually expect.
I asked them how many people train there, he said 3-4 usually! Great, it seems quiet.
I asked do they spar, and he said they do free sparring once the person has learned the basics.
The training is for 3 hours once a week.
What are your opinions on this? And the Jinenkan?
Ask him what level you have learned the basics - I got to Shodan in the booj before I really sparred with other ninjers.
I don't know anything about the jinenkan, except that it descended from the bujinkan which makes it instantly suspect (to me). Ask for more details on what he meant by "learned the basics". For one example some people consider a judo shodan (first black belt) as someone who's just learnt the Mbasics. But it takes years to get that far. maybe get an average time frame of when they let people start sparring. Also ask to see what their sparring looks like and what rules they use.
Originally Posted by Akimo
well if you must must must train in a ninjer art then the jinenkan is the best organization to do it in... still gonna suck though. it looks like aikido with lunge punches and swords so if thats wat yur into then go for it.
If you're looking for a koryu-flavored experience of the Takamatsuden schools they're a decent choice. Most teachers tend to be technically skilled and very traditional in their approach.