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Elephantine Arts of Self-Defence. Martial. Of Yore.

In Our World. Legends do so and tell of Animals. Animal Forms of Self-Defence that mimic and utilise aspects of the Creatures concerned. Concerns of Martialness that led the Ancient Ancestors to follow the Ways of Nature. Nature of the Beast that is. Is Herein. Those of the grand ol’ Pachyderms. Natures. Elephant styled Guardians of a oft forgot and lost Age. Of Yore. Intel Bytes #8 Elephantine Arts of Self-Defence.

 

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Elephantine

Arts of Self-Defence.

Martial. Of Yore.

The Tree shook, shivered.

My Shins shuddered.

My Feet already numb.

Shooting Shin pains. Skin splits. Blood smears.

Knees, Shoulders, Forearms, Elbows, Palms.

 

Were next.

 

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.

 

Bokator.

 

The Ways of the Martial Elephant. And Trees.

Of Yore.

 

 

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The Natures of the Elephant.

Solid Strength, Awareness, Astuteness.

Sturdy, Earthy, Enduring.

 

Dependable. Community inclined.

Supportive. Steadfast.

 

 

Elephantine

Arts of Self-Defence.

 

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.

Of Yore.

 

 

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

Master’s Knowledge.

 

Elbow, Knee Feints and Strikes. Leg, Shin Kicks.

Grappling, Groundworks and more.

 

 

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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

 

 

now.

 

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Wednesday is the New Weekend.

Wednesday is so named after the God Odin of the Norse. He with the 6-Legged Horse. Rides to Valhalla and so on. Mead Drinker. Odin that is… not the Horse. Sleipnir. After Battle… they rested. So should You… and Others also. Our World Legends. Herein. The New Weekend. From the Gods. Shiro… too. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 

Modern Living.

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.

 

A change.?.

Our World Legends do so and say.

 

So that;..

Wednesday…

is the New Weekend.

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…

after Him.

Odin that is.

 

Odin. Woden. Olden Name.

Norse.

 

Wōdnesdæg.

Wodens Day.

Wednesday. Modernised.

 

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Work… and Play.

After Battle… Divine Odin rested.

 

Then Partied. At Valhalla.

Drank Mead… as well.

No sweetmeats…

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.

Total Herbivore.

 

Though Brans and some Grains can cause

Health Issues to arise.

 

Sleipnir… Odin. Modern Concept. photocredit/thanks:inhdw

 

Ever and a Day… Sleipnir,..

Odin and the Valhalla Warriors too…

do so and wait.

 

For Ragnarok.

 

THE Final Battle… to End All others etc etc etc.

 

So Our World Legends do say.

Herein. Elsewhere…

perhaps also.

 

Herein by any God’s Beard.

I, Shiro’s… too. Beard that is. Herein anyways indeed.

 

Hammer, Horse and Spear. Weapons of a God. Odin actually. Herein.

 

The Rush… and Promises

… 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,..

such Training…

on one-self.

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.

 

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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.

B.S.

 

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.

B.S.

 

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… ”

 

Rise of the Machine.

Promises. Promises.

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…”

 

Promises. Promises.

B.S.

 

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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.

Cycles on.

 

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.

 

 

Work Hard… get Dumb.

 

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…

is Dumbness.

 

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.

 

BETWEEN.?.

Middle.?.

 

Mid-… Week of Work.

Mittwoch. Middle of the Week.

 

Wodens Day.

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.

‘Tis… War.

 

Of People… over Profit.

 

A War on Work.

Odin knew well the effects of constant struggle.

Of balancing… Life and Death.

War can be… like that.

Stressful indeed.

 

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.

 

For,..

“…The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do…”

B.F.Skinner.

 

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.

 

Get Real…

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.

 

 

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Our World Legends. Be One.

For…

 

…if not You.?.

 

 

 

Till next…

 

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Ninja. Kunoichi. The 27 Ways.

Kunoichi… Modern Cosplay Representation.

 

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;

 

Male…Female.

Ninja. Kunoichi.

The 27 Ways.

Loosely Defined.

Legendary Ninja

Training Systems.

 

Ninja… Modern Movie Mayhem Style. Here portrayed through the many Martial Talents of Sho Kosugi. Photo Credit/Thanks:youtube

 

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.

 

Kunoichi.The Ninja FEM.One of Our World Legends.More Herein.The Musical.

 

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.

 

Modern Movie. Ninja-Martialled by Franco Nero. Photo Credit/Thanks:youtube

 

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.

 

Nikko. Japan. Must see. Herein. Our World Legends and more.

 

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.

 

Ninja…Kunoichi… Shinobi All and both. Our World Legends. 27 Ways. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

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Some of the Things Shinobi… do. gifcredit/thanks:eyeless

 

Our World Legends.

Ninja and Kunoichi.

 

Ninpo Ikkan All.