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New dojo opening. . .

February 22, 2008

I’m delighted to be able to announce the formation of a new dojo. Alex Martinez Shidoshi will be opening the Bujinkan Jiyu Dojo in March at St Catherine’s Sports and Leisure Centre, Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8.

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Ali has been my student for seven years and a student of the Bujinkan martial arts for close to 18 years. He’s one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic practitioners of this martial art in Ireland and I know he will create excellent students of his own.

He is holding an ‘open day’ on the evening of Friday March 14th, so interested parties can pop along and see what’s on offer. Best of luck to Ali in this endeavour and I know he carries a lot of good will with him both from me and from the other students at my dojo.

His website is located at www.bujinkanjiyu.blogspot.com/

- Alex Meehan

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Open Mat/Beginners training

February 22, 2008

While I’m still teaching at the Rathmines dojo, I’ve been asked to let those attending the beginners course come along. They’re welcome of course and at this class they’ll be given extra help with what Alex has thought. This will continue when Rex and Shane take over the extra classes. Meanwhile, the classes will be geared for all other levels as usual.

- Ali Martinez 

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Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan

February 5, 2008

Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan

The Bujinkan Meehan Dojo is proud to present a two day seminar with Doug Wilson, Bujinkan Hombu Dojo Shihan focusing on Ninpo Taijutsu and Bikenjutsu, the study of the Japanese sword.

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Date: Saturday & Sunday May 24th &25th, 2008
Location: The Scout Hall, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin
Cost: 100 euro

This instructor is travelling from Japan specially to conduct this seminar for us, and so we have to make the best of the limited time he has available.

Training will take place on Saturday from 11am to 5pm, with an hour for lunch, focusing on ninpo taijutsu and on Sunday morning from 9.30am to 12.30am, focusing on bikenjutsu.

There is also a special class happening on Friday night at the Rathmines dojo, which is discounted in cost for those attending all three sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). You can read about that class here.

About Doug Wilson Shihan

Doug is an American that has lived in Japan and trained at the hombu dojo under Hatsumi Sensei for many years. He holds the rank of Judan Ku-gyo Happo Biken Menkyo (aka 15th Dan) and has an extremely good understanding of Hatsumi Sensei’s Budo. He regularly acts as translator for Hatsumi Sensei at training both at the Hombu Dojo in Noda and also at Soke’s Tuesday night Ayase training. If you have attended a Daikomyosai training event in Japan or watched a DVD in the last 10 years, you have heard Doug’s translations.

Doug also worked very closely with Soke on the translations of the best selling books “Advanced Stick Fighting”, “Japanese Sword Fighting” and the soon to be released “Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai” book – all published by Kodansha International and available in most large bookshops throughout the world.

He has been involved in martial arts for more than 27 years and apart from his training experience with Hatsumi Soke, Doug has also experienced training with the majority of the Bujinkan Shihan both Japanese and foreign. Of particular note was the chance he had to train with Oguri Shihan for the period of one year, learning the characteristics of Takagi Yoshin Ryu (Oguri Shihan is highly regarded in the Bujinkan dojo for is ability in Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu).

Before living in Japan, Doug had the experience of training for several years under the guidance of Bill Atkins. While training here, he operated a branch of the Bujinkan Ten Chi Jin dojo in San Diego, California where he lived and taught for six years. (The Ten Chi Jin Dojo is recognized by the Hombu Dojo and Hatsumi Soke.)

Here, Doug had the experience of teaching members of the Navy Seals, local law enforcement agencies, private investigators and bounty hunters. He also developed and ran a martial arts program for children at the US Navy base Miramar, focusing on motor development skills using the taihenjutsu skills of the Bujinkan dojo.

Doug has experience teaching seminars throughout the US as well as Australia and Thailand and hopes to be able to offer a direct transmission of the teachings of Hatsumi Soke, bringing the training flavor of Japan to attendees at this seminar.

In the last year has launched the definitive Bujinkan blog at henka.wordpress.com which now receives thousands of daily visits from budoka around the world.

You can download a registration form for this seminar by right clicking and saving on this link.

Accommodation information for those visiting Dublin for this seminar

Firstly, this course is not being held at the dojo in Rathmines as that is too small. Because of this, the training will be held in a sports hall in Clondalkin, a suburb of the city about 20 minutes/25 minutes from the centre of town by car.

As a result it’s not possible to sleep at the dojo as it’s too far away from the actual training venue. (It’s also pretty basic so you probably wouldn’t want to!)

That leaves you with two choices, the first is to stay in Clondalkin Village itself and the second is to stay in Dublin city. Clondalkin is a nice enough but unremarkable town so you may find there’s not much to do at night other than go to the pub. However, staying here will mean less of a commute in the morning for the two days to the training venue.

Staying in the city centre will mean more access to different restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, and may be a little cheaper, but you will have to get to the venue in the morning. If you let us know what your plans are, we can probably arrange to have you collected and brought to the venue.

Regarding specific hotels, there are two fairly standard hotels in Clondalkin:

Bewleys Hotel

Ibis Hotel

. . .and there are one or two Bed & Breakfast facilities in the town – try searching online at (www.ireland.ie) Expect to pay between 75 euro and 100 euro per night for hotels, but bare in mind that this is usually chargeable per room, so if you organise to share with someone, you can bring the cost down.

Even so, if cost is a big factor for you, you could also try http://www.laterooms.com where you can often find a bargain. Remember to search for a hotel in Dublin City or Clondalkin. It might be a good idea to drop us a mail with the hotel you are thinking of booking into so I can let you know if it’s practical for collection purposes.

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Class Time changes / Beginners Course

February 5, 2008

We now have 2 beginner groups at the Dojo so please note these class times:

Mondays6.30-7.30 Beginner’s training (Group B)

                   8.00pm to 10.00pm Intermediate and dan grade training

Thursdays: 6.30-7.30 Beginner’s training (Group A)        

                     7.45pm to 9.30pm Intermediate and dan grade training

Saturdays: 3.00pm-5.00pm Intermediate and dan grade training

Please be mindfull of classes being on if you arive early to the dojo. Also, keep your gear packed away tidily. Awareness.

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February 2008 training schedule

February 1, 2008

February 2008 training schedule

Week one
Sat February 2nd – 3pm to 5pm (with Ali Martinez Shidoshi)

Week two
Mon February 4th – 6pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s course induction night
Mon February 4th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Thurs February 7th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group A)
Thurs February 7th – 7.45pm to 9.30pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Sat February 9th – 3pm to 5pm (with Ali Martinez Shidoshi)

Week three
Mon February 11th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group B)
Mon February 11th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Thurs February 14th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group A)
Thurs February 14th – 7.45pm to 9.30pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Sat February 16th – 3pm to 5pm (with Ali Martinez Shidoshi) NO TRAINING TODAY

Week four
Mon February 18th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group B)
Mon February 18th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Thurs February 21st – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group A)
Thurs February 21st – 7.45pm to 9.30pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Sat February 23rd – 3pm to 5pm (with Ali Martinez Shidoshi)

Week five
Mon February 25th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group B)
Mon February 25th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and dan grade training
Thurs February 28th – 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s training (Group A)
Thurs February 28th – 7.45pm to 9.30pm Intermediate and dan grade training

General notes

Fees
It’s possible to pay for each class individually – each class costs 12 euro, but if fees are paid for the month in advance on the first training session of the month, each class costs 10 euro instead. It is not obligatory to attend any particular number of classes per month, but training at least twice a week is recommended for optimum progress. Reduced fees are also payable for people in full time education or out of work.

Open mat training
Open mat training is not a class, but rather an opportunity for members of the Dōjō to get time to practice what they feel they need to work on. There is no teacher at these sessions, but senior grades will be on hand to supervise. Sessions are announced in the main classes during the week and on the discussion board. Note: Open mat training is open to all students of the Bujinkan Meehan Dōjō, but only to students of other Dōjōs of 3rd Kyu brown belt and above.

Monthly workshops
A workshop is usually held once a month to allow time to explore a particular topic in depth.

Other classes
Occasionally, weekly classes are offered in particular aspects of Budo Taijutsu – these are announced in class. There are also occasionally classes in Japanese language and culture, first aid, meditiation and more.

- Alex Meehan

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Normal training resumes this week

January 23, 2008

Well done to the guys for holding the fort while Alex was away. We heard good reports!

Training resumes this Thursday with Alex continuing as normal Mondays and Thursdays next week. My class is on Saturday 3-5pm and will continue with the odd time changing to Sunday’s as suits my schedule. Watch out for the beginners course starting in Feb.

See you on the mats!

 – Ali Martinez

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January 2008 training schedule

December 30, 2007

January 2008 training schedule

Week one
Thursday, January 3rd – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Hatsu Geiko/Kagami biraki – first training of the year.
Saturday January 5th – Kihon Seminar in Clondalkin, 11am to 5pm

Week two
Monday, January 7th – 8.00pm to 9.45pm
Thursday, January 10th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Saturday January 12th – No training

Week three

Monday, January 14th – 8.00pm to 9.45pm
Thursday, January 17th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Saturday January 19th – No training

Week four
Monday, January 21st – 8.00pm to 9.45pm
Thursday, January 24th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Saturday January 26th – 3pm to 5pm (with Ali Martinez Shidoshi)

Week five
Monday, January 28th – 8.00pm to 9.45pm
Thursday, January 31st – 7.30pm to 9.15pm

General notes

Fees
It’s possible to pay for each class individually – each class costs 12 euro, but if fees are paid for the month in advance on the first training session of the month, each class costs 10 euro instead. It is not obligatory to attend any particular number of classes per month, but training at least twice a week is recommended for optimum progress. Reduced fees are also payable for people in full time education or out of work.

Open mat training
Open mat training is not a class, but rather an opportunity for members of the Dōjō to get time to practice what they feel they need to work on. There is no teacher at these sessions, but senior grades will be on hand to supervise. Sessions are announced in the main classes during the week and on the discussion board. Note: Open mat training is open to all students of the Bujinkan Meehan Dōjō, but only to students of other Dōjōs of 3rd Kyu brown belt and above.

Monthly workshops
A workshop is held once a month to allow time to explore a particular topic in depth.

Other classes
Occasionally, weekly classes are offered in particular aspects of Budo Taijutsu – these are announced in class. There are also occasionally classes in Japanese language and culture, first aid, meditiation and more.

- Alex Meehan

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Christmas training with Shihan Peter King

December 24, 2007

There will be a three hour session with Shihan Peter King from the UK on the evening of Thursday December 27th from 7.00pm to 10.00pm at my dojo in Rathmines.

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I’ll tentatively say all are welcome (last time we did this, 27 people turned up at short notice and our tiny dojo was heaving, but what the heck, it’s Christmas!) So if you’ve had enough of stuffing your face with turkey and trifle and want to stretch your legs. we’ll see you there. The training fee is €20 for the evening, and as Peter is just back from Japan and the Daikomyosai, if we ask nicely he may share some of Hatsumi Sensei’s recent ideas and perhaps even give us a preview of next year’s theme?

– Alex Meehan
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Last Class before Christmas tonight

December 20, 2007

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Annual Hombu fees are now due for 2008

December 14, 2007

Taken from Alex’s post on the forum. I left out actual figures, as this blog is more public and you should know anyway.

Membership fees to the Bujinkan Hombu this January.

Annual Membership to the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan are due. For this, you will receive a membership card recognized internationally as well as automatic membership of the Bujinkan Meehan Dojo. As a member of the Bujinkan Dojo, you may also train in any Bujinkan branch anywhere in the world.

In addition to this charge, I also levy a charge of a small amount on each student to cover insurance costs, a couple of bottles of heating gas in the winter, one-off maintenance costs such as water rates, tea and rice crackers and sundry other expenses that show up during the year.

So to reiterate, the annual membership fee for those training in my dojo for 2008 is payable before I go to Japan on January 10th. This fee must be payed by this date, or an arrangement made to defer payment.

(This is an obligatory fee – for example, new members that join the dojo after the beginning of the year are charged this fee in proportion to how much of the year remains.)

Those who have been graded recently must also pay a grading fee for each grade. For this, you will receive a rank license (known as a menjo) from Japan, stamped and signed by the Soke of our art, Masaaki Hatsumi.

I’m aware that Christmas is a financially trying time for everyone, so if you genuinely can’t afford to pay for membership or have been recently awarded a rank but would like to defer paying the associated fee until the next batch of menjo are ordered later in the year, you may do so on the condition that you approach me to formalise this understanding.

Your status within the Bujinkan is of course your responsibility so if you have been awarded a rank and don’t organise the certificate to go with it, it will be presumed that you don’t want the new rank, and so it will be forfeited.

Thanks everyone, and here’s to a great Christmas 07 and an even better new year in 2008!

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