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I'm a web developer, IT consultant, and programmer with a property management firm in Orange County, CA. I also teach and train in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu.

A lot of my side-projects end up rolling into my work life, and feel that the experience I've gained with web development, Ruby, Qt, C/C++, Java, etc. may actually be of use to somebody.

I've recently joined the Martial Arts private beta, and will be answering questions on there with regularity.

Oh, and I really hate when people tell me, "No, it can't be done." You're wrong; It can, it should, it will, so shut up and watch me.

Nothing is true; everything is permissible.
- Hassan-i Sabbah
(حسن الصباح‎)
Ruler of Alamut, Founder of the Hashshashin.


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comment Do ninja follow the bushido?
Since I feel that @Sardathrion did an excellent job of nailing some of the major points with his answer, I won't detract from them by posting my own. I will add that the Shoninki admonishes the ninja of Kishu-ryu from being amoral or dishonorable, reminding them that they are not thieves or murderers, but that they serve a purpose. It's not that some ninja weren't "bad guys", but this is true of all groups in society, even the supposedly moral and just samurai. Much of their perceived morality stems from their rank under confucianism.
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comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
@michelemarcon: As would I. There's quite a bit of misunderstanding surrounding ninja.
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answered Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
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Fixed reference/spelling of Sengoku, and clarified it as an era (Jidai)
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Proposed an edit from best to "any ways" to remove subjectivity.
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comment Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
Interesting. I'm curious to see if there's a reason for the differences. My shidoshi used to kick our feet out from under us if we raised up on the ball during a kick...
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comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
+1 All good reasons. I'd only add that kata are a mnemonic chain – it's easier to remember a technique when you put it in conjunction with a prior movement. It's also why many traditional fighting styles were transmitted through folk dancing.
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answered Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
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comment Do ninja follow the bushido?
In addition, by the time Bushido was formally codified (at the end of the Tokugawa Jidai), the ninja were already in decline. It might be helpful as well to make the distinction of the ninja as a job, and the samurai as a caste. Many ninja were samurai (Hattori Hanzo, for instance). Also, I'm not sure the sarcasm carries well with "Of course they had no honor and no morals!"...
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comment Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?
@Patricia: Much appreciated. Thank you. :)
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comment Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?
@Patricia: You'll notice I made that distinction already, with the example of Luis França. I am quite sure there are many other minor forms; I only intended to show the most significant (currently) as being that of the Gracie lineage. Please let me know if I can make this more clear in the post.
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comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@CuinnWylie: No, there's no confusion, at least not on my end, though I can understand why you might think so. I'm trimming away the mysticism with an explanation of the core focus of internal styles. Another term used is "relaxed tension" (RMA). This differentiates from "soft" concepts like "aiki", "blending", "nagare", etc... In other words, I'm agreeing with you, without agreeing to the concept of chi, which is why I posted as a comment (which should strengthen your answer) rather than an answer (which would potentially detract from the strength of both our arguments).