Welcome to another exciting update to the Bujinkan Rakunin Dojo
As the month has
changed, so has the local weather. To start with, a big
congratulations to Puyan Renani, who on his recent visit back was tested
and promoted to 5th kyu! Although he is no longer studying actively
with us since his move to Oslo, he has obviously been studying on his own.
His techniques are fluid, and he has a strong understanding of the
principles within the Ten and Chi Ryaku no Maki. He's worked very
hard, and it shows! Well done!
I've also gotten word from my
friend and fellow traveler on the way, Jock Brocas, that he recently
passed his Godan test at the hands of Hatsumi sensei himself on Monday 28
September! WAY TO GO JOCK!!!!! I only regret I couldn't be
there to share in his happiness at succeeding. Remember to check out
his website at
http://www.bujinkan-scotland.com/. Jock is hosting my teacher,
Ed "Papa-san" Martin this month in Inverness the weekend of October 18,
and I wish them all a wonderful seminar - just really wish I could be
On another note, my own
inability to juggle tasks has had the unfortunate side effect of not
advertising our class as I'd intended. The downside of this is that
our Monday beginner class is significantly smaller than I had intended -
and for the time being we're gonna postpone the Monday class, and anyone
is invited to our Wednesday and Saturday classes.
Which is the next reminder,
that this Saturday's class will be at the school in Seljestad so we'll
have use of the mats there and can put some more work into rolls,
breakfalls and throws.
I continue the never ending
project of compiling a "definitive" training manual including the Ten Chi
Jin Ryaku no Maki, the various weapon kamae, short histories of the nine
schools which make up the Bujinkan, a glossary of terms (including Kanji).
So... night I had the vague notion of trying to discover one of the
answer to a question I ALWAYS here, especially by new beginners... How do
you make smoke bombs? This of course being the kind of smoke bombs
the "ninja" in the movies always throw down on the ground in order to
distract an enemy so they can escape, as opposed to the kind you use a
match to light (and in my delinquent years, would toss under the front of
cars when they stopped at red lights, to freak out the drivers into
thinking their cars had spontaneously overheated). I dunno... I'm
probably way over reaching this project - but I truly would like to see a
document that is a little more specific in certain things. I
suppose that has alot to do with feeling very far away from my teachers,
and hating myself for not always having the answers. That is the
great irony - the more I learn and discover, the more I realize how little
I truly know. But therein lies the goal of training, I suppose - and
the reason it will take me the rest of my natural days to be "good
enough". Gambatte, indeed.
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho07 October, 2009
Let me start off by congratulating our fine ninja
Kenneth Fagerås with his upgrade to 7th Kyu. He is
progressing nicely, which shows in his body movement, his locks. He's
even learned throws somehow, and I am pretty sure that we haven't taught
him that yet...
We now have a new dojo in Trondheim, which is headed by Frode
Dragnes (Tlf: 41107118) who used to train in Elverum. If you are
interested and live in Trondheim, contact him or go to his webpage at
I want to remind everybody that we need to pay
our monthly fee for renting the dojo. It is still 200NOK for adults
and 100NOK for children (under 16). When we get enough students, we will
make it free for children under 16 and we might cut the monthly fee for
everyone over 16. The more friends that you add to training, the
chance is bigger that the fee will decrease. Also, if we get someone
to rent the apartment for 2500NOK per month, that would help us
tremendously. If someone is interested, please let Kris or me know about
it as soon as possible. Payment can be done either by transfer to my
account or in cash to me at the dojo. Try also to pay before the 15th each
month. If this is not possible, please consult me and we will work
We've changed the schedule AGAIN, so now the
training is only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. However, if someone
wants to have a private training, whether they are completely new to
Bujinkan or ranked members, please let us know! One of the higher
ranking members will be more than willing to train with you.
This is my first update to the webpage, so it
won't be as Kris'. Remember our training tomorrow at 17:30.
Tommy Robertsen, shodan11 September, 2009
Good lord I stink about updating this website... (sigh)
Welcome to the website for those of you who are first timers!
There's alot of changes happening these days - we have a new dojo... which
needs mats desperately, but otherwise it looks like an actual dojo, which
is cool. We'll probably keep our training agreement with Seljestad
school for weekends since it's much larger then the new dojo.
actively looking for new students!! Our goal is to have a total of between
20 and 25 students, so if you know anyone who might be interested, have
them contact me (my email address and mobile number are on the class info,
above. The more fellow students we have, the better, as this will
help us keep our costs down (yay!) while being able to have seminars more
regularly, get new training gear, new mats, and pay for all the nifty
stuff that makes training interesting!
The class information link (above) has also been updated with the
autumn training schedule, as well as links to both the main dojo, and our
alternate training location at Seljestad. As you can see, there's
gonna be a much more... energetic training schedule then we've had the
passed couple of years, as I divide my time between current and new
students for a bit. It's important that all new, and possibly
returning, students feel welcome.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the seminar in
Sørreisa has been changed. It's now going to be held September
20-21. The cost is 300kr for the weekend, and we've arranged to stay
at the school gym we've used in the passed... remember to bring a sleeping
bag (or at least a blanket) and pillow at least. Hopefully we'll see
a good turnout of students to support Gøran and his new dojo!
A good number of my current students and I are
looking forward to our trip to Japan this year. We arrive there on
November 28, but we'll be returning home on different days depending on
our individual schedules. Very likely we'll have a seminar after we
return... hmmm. Maybe I should schedule that for mid January... let
me know what you think!
Skodje has been helping me alot, and came up with the image to the left as
our new dojo logo. This is actually based very much on the design
that Jock Brocas and the Hiken Dojo use. Jock was kind enough to let
me borrow his design, but we did change it a bit (Jock's design is the
nicer one to the right here...).
Okay, that's all for now, I think... in the meantime,
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho27 August, 2009
Well, my personal vacation is over - damn 3 weeks
goes by quick! Now we begin looking forward to the next training
First is the opening of Gøran
Grønvold's new dojo in Sørreisa September 5-6. He's put a lot
of money and elbow grease into the dojo, and seems rightly proud! I
hope everyone will join us for the christening seminar that weekend! Can't
wait to see it!
The next event for me is
Daikomyosai in Japan Nov 30-Dec 2. I'm only taking a week in Japan
this year (Nov 27 to Dec 06), unlike last year's two - but I should be
better able to hit most of the classes while I'm there, and of course get
to see Ed "Papa-san" Martin for the first time after his surgery, as well
as many new and old friends (like Jock Brocas from Scotland!).
Ed has rescheduled his July
seminar to October in Scotland. Unfortunately, it appears that
finances will preclude me taking another trip there this year, though I
wish it were otherwise.... things might change and I'll be able to attend,
The fall training schedule isn't
set yet, so for my current (and prospective!) students, consider what days
of the week work best for you, and give me your feedback. Keep in
mind that workdays can sometimes conflict with an early training for me,
so they need to start later, or either Tommy or Julia will have to lead
the class until I arrive. I think we will be actively looking
for new students this year, so if you know anyone who may be interested in
training, please bring them along!
I'm continuing to think about
renting a place for us to train, were we can organize it according to our
needs. The folks at Seljestad Barneskole have been really nice, and
of course I can't complain about the size of the dojo, but I'd like to
invest in tatami, or if we stay at the school, some better mats. I'd
also like to make it so our training gear can remain in the school -
someone mentioned there was a closet we could get the key to last year,
that might be a temporary solution for us. Will have to talk with
them once the school year begins again.
Well, for those who still have
vacation, continue to enjoy it, but don't forget that we're still getting
together to train at my house until September - just show up, or call me
if you want to train. My number is listed under the
Class Information at the top of the webpage.
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho13 July, 2009
Okay, alot to catch
up on, since I've been lazy about updating the website.
Let me start with my trip to Inverness, Scotland to
visit Jock Brocas and the Hiken Dojo (http://www.bujinkan-scotland.com)
for the "UCQB (Unarmed Close Quarter Battle) Hostage Tactics and Knife"
seminar June 20-21.
OH MY GOD it was a great seminar! Jock has
extensive experience working as in personal protection, and it showed!
From the minute I met Jock until he dropped me off, we just hit it off
completely. I couldn't have felt more welcome - both by him and his
students. The made me feel right at home, and it seemed we all
seemed to just "gel".
my experiences with Bujinkan up til now, Jock is definitely unique.
For example, he's the first psychic I've ever met - which made for a few
odd moments over the weekend, 'lemme tell ya! Over the course of the
weekend, we spent alot of time working on defense techniques against guns,
an area which is often overlooked. We spent time working on tanto
techniques as well, including some interesting scenario applications.
On Sunday, we had a grand time learning techniques and strategies used by
bodyguards when protecting a principle (wow, I even sound like someone who
knows what he's doing! hehe). Was even a scenario where we had to
"rescue" some hostages! The highlight of the weekend, however, had
to be the number of promotions. Congratulations (again!) to all!
The result of the weekend was not only some very
good training, but the beginning of a relationship between Hiken and
Rakunin Dojo's in the future. Somewhere along the line, I plan to
have Jock up to northern Norway when his schedule permits (some of his
students even promised to come along!), and I've already promised to
attend the Tai Kai which Jock is organizing next year (since I've been
made an honorary Scotsman, I'm now honor bound to wear a kilt... not sure
I have the legs for it though!).
The only down side to the weekend was the absence of
Ed "Papa-san" Martin. Unfortunately, he managed to break his hip
only a few days before hand, which required he have surgery. I spoke
with him Saturday July 4, and he's recovering nicely. He's
rescheduled, and should be in Scotland in October.
On another front, we've gotten some new training
material, which we've already started using. Also, several people,
including myself, have now organized tickets to this year's
Daikomyosai (Nov 30 - Dec 2) in Japan. This will be my second trip,
which just means I won't be QUITE as confused.
Hmmm. Let's see... nothing else I can think of at
the moment that needs to be written about... of course, with my memory,
I'm probably forgetting something important....
Anyway, hope everyone continues to have a good
summer! Remember that every experience is a training one - not just
the ones in class!
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho06 July, 2009
Just got back from a weekend
studying with Gøran Grønvold in Sørreisa, along with
several of my students. As always, the time was very well spent as
we went over the Jin Ryaku no Maki. This was an absolutely
fantastic seminar for everyone involved, and Gøran did his usual excellent
As we end our "official" training season
- now that everyone is starting to gear down to vacations and travel - I
felt it was time to go over where everyone sits, rank/skill wise.
Thus, congratulations to the following students who have earned a rank
Ivan Skodje, Steve Sivertsen, and Kenneth Torbergsen all go up to
5th kyu. Marco Dagsvold is promoted to 6th kyu. You've all
worked very hard, and definitely deserve your upgrades.
Congratulations to all of you!
The next seminar for me will be June 20-21 in Inverness, Scotland -
where I'll be training with Ed Martin and Jock Brocas' Hiken Dojo.
The theme of the seminar is "Aircraft UCQB Hostage Tactics and Knife"
which sounds like it'll be chock full of ideas! I've added the
website link to this dojo to the links page, but you can also just go
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho08 June, 2009
Okay... it's about time I
updated this - so let's see.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order (belatedly) to our newest 8th kyu's -
Kenneth Fagerås and Dina Petrenko, and our newest 7th kyu - Magnus Kvalsøy!
They've all worked very hard, and done a really good job, and so, up they
The training year is almost up, as we begin to move into summer.
This doesn't stop us from having one more seminar with Gøran
and the Bujinkan Dojo Sørreisa. The next seminar is June 6-7.
You can find more info on the facebook page
HERE where you can also sign up. For one day, the price is
200kr, for both days 300kr.
Talking about Facebook, Rakunin Dojo has its own group page now.
You can just go to (Facebook:
Rakunin Dojo) to sign up, if you aren't already a member.
I will also be in Inverness, Scotland June 19-22 attending Ed
Martin's seminar, hosted by the Hiken Dojo. The theme of the seminar
is Aircraft Hostage Tactics and knife - and I'm very much looking forward
to it. This will also be my first trip the the Highlands, and I
I'm not sure of when we will have our last training before the
summer, as this is mostly up to Seljestadbarneskole. There'll
probably be training when the weather is with us outside at my house for
those who want to.
Kris Quinn, shidoshi-ho16 May, 2009
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