Hello and Good Wishes.
Thanks also, in particular. To those persistent Souls who persisted with the
recent flurry of Site Posts piled on. On and during the recent
Holidays of Samhains Halloween.
The Topic and Legends easily expansive. Each Samhain Day, a different Theme.
Two Dedications then the Games/activities.
The Postings tried to resemble the same approach. To show the Natural
Philosophy and Natural Earth Changes and Cycles applicable.
Mother Nature, The Green Man. Our Earth.
The initial Chaos, Wintery Decay, Death, Cleanout, Change. Regeneration.
These are perennial Themes oft in Our World Legends.
Feel more than free to chat/comment/query or submit
a Hallowed Night Tale to share. On any of the recent Ones.
Special Thanks to those who found Time to also actively promote,
Share and spread the Cheer writ of those halls of Hallow posted.
Being involved and aware of the many Elders and Others who take
Time to acknowledge Nature’s Cycles within the Traditions and Families
so concerned with Ceremony in the Real. To them the Real credit for saving
such of Our World Legends from being Lost.
A highlighted Thank-You to the Members and Family
of the Origine Carpet Snake and Birds Clan for their
Hospitality and Guidance.
The normal routine will resume for this
As Belows. It seems. For Now.
Live Those Dreams.
The Tree shook, shivered.
My Shins shuddered.
My Feet already numb.
Shooting Shin pains. Skin splits. Blood smears.
Knees, Shoulders, Forearms, Elbows, Palms.
Then. Two now smiling… and similarly bloodied…
fellow Class-mates grabbed a Stick each.
One Frontal. One at the Rear. Of me.
Beat a haphazard path on those bits of Me
thus so and far missed. They didn’t miss much more btw’s.
Meat in a Stick Sambo Drum Fest. That is and was, me.
Core. Beaten. Back. Bloodied, not bowed. Well,..
a lil… actually.
The Ways of the Martial Elephant. And Trees.
The Natures of the Elephant.
Solid Strength, Awareness, Astuteness.
Sturdy, Earthy, Enduring.
Dependable. Community inclined.
Animal Themed and based Forms are not uncommon within several in the Ways
of Self-Defence. The Martial Ways. Traditionally a Symbol that so incorporates
assets of the Creature and Our World Legends fascination and beliefs of and with
the Creatures facets.
Conditioning is an essential for Combat oriented Arts and Ways. Ways and Methods
within improve, benefit physically and mentally. Strengthenings.
A Top 6 may include varieties of;
Deadlifts, Squats, Pull-Ups, Push-Ups, Sprints.
Tearing strips off Trees.
Hand, Limb toughening by repetitional strikes.
On progressively tougher Materials.
Bruise upon bruise, calloused skin thick.
Over Times and Places.
Repeated stress and shock to thus and so de-stress
these and those shocks in Combat. Combat
Styles of Bokator involves the systematic and flowing motions of the
observed Natural movements of many of Our World Creatures. A rather
complex though interconnected System of Self-Defence results. Conditioning
and Training Exercises/Routines may include:
Bag, Sand, Wood and Rock for the Hands.
Bag and Wood for the Rest.
To pound. Repeatedly.
Trees in the Main.
When of Yore.
BOKATOR is a Cambodian Khmer Martial Arts Tradition and System. Also.
Literally means…to “…pound a Lion…”.
The styling of the Nomen may indicate and reflect a Natural Fact.
Lions only Attack Elephants on rare occasions. Famine, Sickness and Dis ease.
The Young, the Main Target.
In response the Elephant uses it’s bulk mass and Community as support. Also. Charging,
Slamming and Body Mass pivots, Trunk Swings, Trumpetings and so on. Quite
fast paced when disturbed or during migrations to Waters. Naturally strong, great
strength in numbers too. To
and fro motions to gain or retreat. Very few Natural Predators.
Contests of Strength, Might and Fighting ability were popular among the Mughal
(…Mogul…) Emperors. The Battle over when One Elephant grounded the Other. Elephants
were rarely hurt in any serious manner, though the Mahouts (…Trainer/Rider…)
followed Tradition, having said
Goodbyes to Fam. As they tended not to survive. Such Bouts and Falls.
(…There are occasional Modern such Issues with Elephants and Trainers.
As with Phlai Ekasit; The Elephantine Star of A Martial Arts Movie Series.
A Modern adapted Version of the Martial Elephant Legend and Tradition
can be found within this and that: THE PROTECTOR/ONG BAK Movie Series.
Starring Phlai Ehasit, Elephant/Actor and Tony Jaa Martial Artist/Actor…)
Only some of Bokator’s Techniques and Methods utilise the Animal Forms as
others use a systematic practical fight approach.
Animal forms include those of Snake, Horse, Eagle, Crane, Monkey,
Lion, Crocodile, Crab, Duck
and Elephant. Elephantine Self-Defence. That is. Therein. Bokator.
Locks, Holds, Grabs, Strikes, Submissions and Weaponry within
Bokator’s Styles and Forms. Forms that create a close Hand-to-Hand Combat Style
and System whereby much of the Body is used for both Defence and (Counter) Attacks.
A full-on Body Combat System.
The current Uniform reflecting that of Tradition with the still prevailing
Colored Scarves, Cords a part of the accepted System.
Leg Movements similar to the Modern Kick-Boxing though the Combat System
more Martial oriented. War-like that is. Stick and Sword, Short and Long;
are the main Weapons
though many others incorporated and somewhat dependent on the particular
Elbow, Knee Feints and Strikes. Leg, Shin Kicks.
Grappling, Groundworks and more.
An Ancient Art and Traditional Ways.
A King. King Jayavarman vii; Khmer Ruler of the 12th Century
an avid Practitioner of such Combat Arts. Arts that many of
the Angkorian Dynasties used to dominate these and their Lands
of Our Times and Places. Of Yore.
The despotic and nefarious KHMER ROUGE Leaders of the 1970’s
actively targeted such Martial Lineages and Masters thereof.
A recurring Theme in many Olden Ways… Btw.
Bokator has experienced a bit of a boost and recharge of late
with the surviving Master Practitioners now fairly free to continue
the study and pursuit of this Ancient Art.
A Book detailing History, Origins and Traditions with over 10 Years of Research by
70-year-old Grand-master San Kim Sean has been presented to UNESCO
with co-operation from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).
A “…First…” National Bokator Seminar and Competition was held in 2006.
Teams from 9 Provinces displayed and tested Methods and Ways.
The Elephantine Ways as well. Well as
Our World Legends.
Live Your Dreams.
Creatures, Pets are oft too understated Heroes, Heroines.
Pet Protectors and more.
Many with a Tail. Most have Tales. To Tell.
Feel free to Share a Tale of such spirited Creatures in Our World.
The Wonders of Happy Exploding Mind. Mind Blown.
Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..
i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.
To Be So Writ. Herein.
Work and Life-styles therein damage us so.
Over Times and Places.
The relentless and ever repeating 5-day week that is.
Tis now so apparent. A change more than overdue.
Our World Legends do so and say.
Which May. In Time.
May amplify Life and inherent Quality. Herein.
Odin has the Right Idea.
For reasons that just repeat we named this Day…
Odin that is.
Odin. Woden. Olden Name.
After Battle… Divine Odin rested.
Then Partied. At Valhalla.
Drank Mead… as well.
nor food partaken of therein and thereof.
All that Warring… just made his throat dry,..
even… somewhat… hoarse.
Sleipnir,.. the even numbered 6 or 8-Legged Valhalla Horse.
That Odin rode in on. Also rested.
At Valhalla… too. Stables i guess. Therein.
Partaking of Mead… unknown. Probably not.
Prefers Water… cool and young tender Plants
with pastured Grass. Sleipnir.
Though Brans and some Grains can cause
Health Issues to arise.
Ever and a Day… Sleipnir,..
Odin and the Valhalla Warriors too…
do so and wait.
THE Final Battle… to End All others etc etc etc.
So Our World Legends do say.
Herein by any God’s Beard.
I, Shiro’s… too. Beard that is. Herein anyways indeed.
… of the Race had settled. Long Distance Running is about setting and following a Pace. Any other approach depletes way too much Energy. Which during Recovery…
You will be forced to replace.
These marches over miles will repetitively shock absorb your ankles, knees and eventually feet.
Each step then after is high pain.
With a heartbeat cruising at high revs…
some 140-160 beats per minute.
My norm… 60-72.
In days of Yore when no beasts of burden available.
We walked. For Miles.
Sometimes ran. Mostly Walked.
At pace high.
Fitness Training such and within the NINPO Martial Arts and related Systems gives one the time to study the effects of,..
Exercise can indeed be empowering. Staying active a Must.
The issue herein is a direct need for… REST and RECOVER.
Applying this same approach.
To Our Working Life.
It ain’t pretty. At All.
Many predictions and promises pontificated on the promising use of new Technology.
Machines… will do the work.
We and Our Lives… full of free-time.
In 1883 Paul Lafargue… argued that;..
“…Our machines, with breath of fire, with limbs of unwearying steel, with fruitfulness wonderful inexhaustible, accomplish by themselves with docility their sacred labour. And nevertheless the genius of the great philosophers of capitalism remains dominated by the prejudices of the wage system, worst of slaveries. They do not yet understand that the machine is the saviour of humanity, the god who shall redeem man from working for hire, the god who shall give him leisure and liberty…”
Propaganda… to get you feeling good about things…
that won’t come true.
Ideals… so your Life has some meaning.
Within Science Fiction… a same attitude.
Some 100 Years Later… yet and still. Such as…
Isaac Asimov… within… Robot Visions:.. states that,..
“…In a properly automated and educated world, then, machines may prove to be the true humanizing influence. It may be that machines will do the work that makes life possible and that human beings will do all the other things that make life pleasant and worthwhile… ”
Machine will replace us as workers.
Machines will liberate the dreary and dull…
oft pointless jobs that are… All around.
Summed up here.
Within Artist Diego Rivera words.
Promises of a Future. That…
“…As I rode back to Detroit, a vision of Henry Ford’s industrial empire kept passing before my eyes. In my ears, I heard the wonderful symphony which came from his factories where metals were shaped into tools for men’s service. It was a new music, waiting for the composer with genius enough to give it communicable form.
I thought of the millions of different men by whose combined labor and thought automobiles were produced, from the miners who dug the iron ore out of the earth to the railroad men and teamsters who brought the finished machines to the consumer, so that man, space, and time might be conquered, and ever-expanding victories be won against death…”
Heading into the 21st Century the data is clear.
We work too much… and Play too lil’.
Profit over People that is.
The predictions that Modernisation and Mechanisation would liberate the drudgery of Work did not take into account the Slavery attitude that those who provide Jobs let prevail.
More and more… tis All they want.
More output… higher production and a better Profit than the last.
Paying Wages at levels that cover cost of Living… just.
Enough to pay the Bills. Lil’ more than that.
We Work… we don’t Play.
No Times for that it seems indeed,..
in deed and in fact… too.
Stress, Depression and All the inherent and related Health Issues.
Still here. Growing in prevalence… as well.
This Cycle of More… herein also. The more we work… the more things we use. Power, Products and Ingredients. Increasing Global Productivity… and usages thereof.
Higher demand for such simply means… More Work to be done.
A Lifestyle… so rushed.
Uncaring of Real World effects.
We are People… not Machina.
Effects become parts of Our Lives.
Profit over People.
Intended… or not.
Sciences of Our World Legends also agree.
We work ways too much. Oft.
To Death… which comes sooner when work done so.
In addition to this negative Health effect the main other worrying trend…
Dumbed down through… OVERWORK… that is.
Science Studies that delve into these areas show the correlation
‘tween the balance of Work and Play.
Unbalanced. That is.
Times and Places a change due.
So Our World Legends… of Science, Health, Literature.
The Gods as well,.. do say. Herein.
By simply substituting Our Exercise Approach into that of Our Work-Lifestyle.
Application by substitution. Medical Data indicates a direct and compelling necessity that worthwhile and long-term exertion is wholly dependent on Energy being available. To Maximise Energy,..
strenuous activities should be shortened as much as possible…
paced out per se,..
with Rest and Recover… FULLY in between.
Mid-… Week of Work.
Mittwoch. Middle of the Week.
A Day of Feast… and Rest.
A Recovery Day.
On Wednesday. A new Weekend.
To implement such a Rest and Recover Approach is simply…
a matter of the Will of the World.
Odin was right.
Of People… over Profit.
Odin knew well the effects of constant struggle.
Of balancing… Life and Death.
War can be… like that.
The Cure per se… not far at All.
Just Stop… and Rest. Make sure.
Wednesday is the New Weekend.
Valhalla. Elsewhere… as well.
Rest well. Recover. By working…
like an Athlete… then resting… too.
Take the Times and Places to rediscover the Wonders of Life.
Find the Balance. The… middle ground.
Profit over Life… not People.
Have a Life.
A Dream. This helps… also.
“…The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do…”
Machines and the current prevailing attitude of Commercialism, Materialism,..
of Profit over People do not add to Our Lives.
Having a Fat Wallet does not mean You are a Humanitarian.
Being Human… Hu…
is Ways above that of the base Man.
and see the Real Effects of this Modern Ways.
All Work with no Play. Makes every Jack and Jill…
Dull indeed,.. indeed and in fact too.
Our World Legends. Be One.
…if not You.?.
Defining Ninpo and All the Concepts within is problematical.
Even the Fundamentals.
The Essence is Survival.
This is taught in a fluid Combat manner…
to suit any and all situations.
Defining that above… problematical.
Herein i, Shiro’s attempt at classifying that which the Japanese Masters and Our World Legends state and say on the Historical Practices of the Arts of Self-Defence… Shinobi Style;
♦TAIJUTSU : Unarmed Combat Systems.
♦TAIHEN-JUTSU : Evasive Movements; Jumps, Leaps, Rolls, Tumbling…
♦DAKEN-TAIJUTSU : Body Defence Systems; Blocks, Punches, Kicks…
♦JUTAI-JUTSU : Close Quarters Combat Systems; Grappling, Holds, Locks…
♦BOJUTSU : Stick/Staff Methods… variety size and type…
♦KENJUTSU : Sword + co., variety size and type…
♦YARIJUTSU : Spear + co., variety length and type…
♦SHURIKENJUTSU : Throwing Weaponry Methods; many size, type, shape…
♥SEISHIN-TEKI-KYOYO : Mind, Meditation, Spiritual Concepts.
♦SHINOBI-IRI : Silent Movements; Stealth and Camouflage Systems/Methods.
♦MONOMI no JUTSU : Finding the Weakest Link Concepts.
♦NYUDAKI no JUTSU : Finding Sources and Personnel Concepts.
♦YOGI-GAKURE : Distractive Methods, Usages and Approaches.
♦HENSOJUTSU : The Arts of Disguise.
♦KAYAKUJUTSU : Fire and Explosives Methods/Weaponry.
♦NAGINATAJUTSU : Long Staff/Pole/Bladed End Weaponry Methods.
♦KUSARIGAMAJUTSU : Chain and Sickle… variety size and type…
♥NYUKYO no JUTSU : Flowing with Correct Timing Concepts.
♦BAJUTSU : Horsemanship Skills and Methods.
♦SUI-REN : Swimming Skills and Methods.
♦INPOJUTSU : The Arts of Hiding.
♦INTONJUTSU : The Arts of Escape.
♦CHOHO : Espionage Skills and Methods.
♦TENMON : Natural Meteorology Signs and Usages.
♦CHIMON : Natural Geography Signs and Usages.
♦SEIZONJUTSU : Survival Skills and Methods.
♥BO-RYAKU : The Arts of Strategy and Intelligence Gathering.
The Systems above are taught and tempered with a creed/motto type approach to both Dojo and Life thereafter. These Rules and/or Guidelines can vary somewhat from RYU/School and Sensei/Soke involved.
A recent-ish Ninpo Soke version is here.
Though details may differ the overall Concept and Approach involves realistically knowing oneself and capabilities. This is then also applied to such as Universal, World, Natural or Local Knowledge.
Balance, Harmony and Flow are oft emphasised.
Basic Rights, Empathy and Respect is highlighted to Others and Society as a whole. Love for Self, Kin and Human-Kind.
Survival and Self-Defence linked naturally.
Our World Legends.
Ninja and Kunoichi.
Ninpo Ikkan All.