Archive for April, 2008


Reminder: beginner’s course starting this week.

April 29, 2008


There’s a new beginner’s course starting at the dojo this Thursday and there are still a few places left open for people interested in commencing training. To find out more about it, visit this link.

It’s still not too late to sign up for this, even if you haven’t been able to attend to watch a class. You can just turn up on Thursday evening, but you do need to call or e-mail us to let us know you’re coming. You’ll find the details on the dedicated beginner’s course page linked to above.

As you might know, a small article appeared in a national newspaper about the course last week, so as it’s still timely, I’ll reproduce it here.


Class record: Koto Ryu Koppojutsu, kenjutsu kihon & tameshigiri

April 29, 2008

Last night’s class was a long one, going from 8pm to almost 11pm. There was a greater than average number of kyu grades present, so the class was pitched towards that skill level. We started with Hoteki, from the shoden level of Koto Ryu Koppojutsu and spent some time looking at the timing, angling, distancing and the importance of using the opponent’s skeletal structure to minimise their ability to continue attacking. We also looked at how the spine and legs can be used to move uke forcefully.

This led us into variations designed to isolate out individual components of the technique, but also to allow us to have some fun and work with flow. After tea, we looked at some kenjutsu basics involving tenouchi, kamae and cutting, and the dan grades present got a chance to cut some of the authentic tatami omote we recently imported.

– Alex Meehan


May 2008 training schedule

April 24, 2008

May 2008 training schedule

Week one
Thurs 1st 6.30pm to 7.30pm Orientation session for new students
Thurs 1st 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 3rd 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week two
Mon 5th bank holiday, no training
Tues 6th 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginner’s course begins
Tues 6th 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 7th 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 8th 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 10th 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)
Sat 10th 1.30pm to 2.30pm Kyu grade testing

Week three
Mon 12th 6.30pm to 7.30pm Introductory course continues
Mon 12th 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 14th 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 15th 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 17th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week four
Mon 19th 6.30pm to 7.30pm Introductory course continues
Mon 19th 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 21st 7pm to 8.30pm Kyu rank testing
Thurs 22nd No training
Fri 23rd 7.30pm to 9.30pm Special class with Doug Wilson Shihan
Sat 24th Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan in Clondalkin (11am to 5pm)
Sun 25th Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan in Clondalkin (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Week five
Mon 26th No training due to the weekend seminar.
Tues 27th 6.30pm to 7.30pm Introductory course continues
Tues 27th 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 28th 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 29th 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)

(Classes led by AM – Alex Meehan, SD – Shane Duggan, RD – Rex Dunlop)

Of particular note this month:

1 – New beginners course
A new beginner’s course starts on May 1st. See this page for more information.

2 – Bank holidays
Please note that on Monday May 5th there will be no training due to the bank holiday and there will also be no training on Monday May 26th due to the seminar happening the previous weekend. For these weeks only, training will be on Tuesday 6th and 27th instead.

3 – Kyu grade testing
Testing for kyu ranks will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday May 10th. Please let me know in advance if you’d like to be considered for testing for your next rank.

4 – Special class with Doug Wilson shihan.
There will be a special class at the Rathmines Dojo with Doug Wilson Shihan for dan ranked students only. There will be limited space at this class, so if you’d like to attend, e-mail me to reserve a place.

5 – Seminar with Doug Wilson Shihan

There will be a two day course with Doug in Clondalkin on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. More information about this course can be found here.

General notes

It’s possible to pay for each class individually, but if fees are paid for the month in advance on the first training session of the month, each class costs significantly less.

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, meditation and more.

– Alex Meehan


Class Record: Gyaku waza + Santo tonko +

April 22, 2008

Class: Monday 21st April

Along with our regular ukemi practice we did  gyaku-nagare ukemi in various ways – backwards and  diving. We did various gyaku waza from grab punch combo’s and had to be aware of type of attack and the ability to perceive what was hapening at the moment  and not to force anything. Also the phenonomen of repetitively doing the same attack to increasing degrees of decreased intent was  highlighted and hopefully kept both parties on their toes and intentful.

Q was asked to show a technique did an excellent job of Togakure Ryu ninpo taijutsu movements. This led us to study escapes from attacks from behind with similar gyaku waza and some ideas from Shinden Fudo Ryu/ Takagi Yoshin.

Thought provoker: When a technique “doesn’t work” in training, what do you do?

– Ali Martinez


Article in The Sunday Business Post

April 20, 2008

There is a small article on the upcoming Beginner’s Course in today’s Sunday Business Post newspaper, on page 38 of the Agenda magazine.

It reads well, but for some odd reason, they put a picture of someone doing kendo with it, but hey, that’s not a big deal. It’s good publicity and it presents the Bujinkan in a positive light.

The article is titled – “So you want to become a samurai” – as that conforms to the format of this weekly column in the Sunday Business Post – the headline is always “So you want to . . .be/do something.”

I would like to say that in the Bujinkan we don’t train people to ‘be samurai’ – as that’s not actually possible. The samurai were a social class in Japan’s feudal era and to ‘be a samurai’ you’d have to be born into a samurai family. It was not a profession or job, in that sense.

We do train in some of the techniques and practices people of samurai birth used in fuedal era Japan, but it’s not quite the same thing as teaching people to become samurai.


Class Record: Gyokko Ryu Taihenjutsu + Danshu

April 18, 2008

Class: Thurs 17th April

I got things  started with some taihenjutsu based on basic attacks by a partner in order to look at distance, timing, kamae, awareness, zanshin etc. When Alex arrived it proved to be a useful start to the class as he planned to do the mutodori taihenjutsu from Gyokko Ryu. We did the first 2, Hira and Ichimonji and again this threw a spotlight on multiple aspects of our basic training.

We then went into Danshu from the Gyokko Ryu Shoden Gata in some depth – examing the muso dori, the footwork, the kyusho and looking at the restraining aspects  that could be applied at the end.

At the end of class we helped prepare some of the targets for this coming weekends seminar on Happo Bikenjutsu.

Though provoker: Alex highlighted an important aspect of training – the degree you let “tori” apply a technique as “uke”.  How is your ability to control this during training? Do you communicate with your training partner?

– Ali Martinez


Training on Saturday, April 19th

April 16, 2008

Rex Dunlop is having computer troubles, so he’s asked me to post this for him.

“Due to the sword seminar happening this Saturday April 19th in Clondalkin, there will be no training on Saturday morning at the Rathmines Dojo. Instead, Saturday’s class will be held the following day, on Sunday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm. See you there! Rex”

– Alex Meehan