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December 27th, 2006

New Year schedule

Posted in News, Website Information by Mark

Here is the Jan 2007 schedule,
Wed, 1/3 – 8-9:30
Sat, 1/6 – 12-2:30
Wed, 1/10 – 8-9:30
Wed, 1/17 – 8-9:30
Wed, 1/24 – 8-9:30
Sat, 1/26 – 12-2:30

This year training and scheduling will be more pro-active towards the needs of the Dojo and its membership, last year was a great success, we had some new inductees, and some people drifted away, others where simply cut loose.  I think its safe to say that the final phase of the grand experiment is at hand, what may have escaped the attention of some members in the past, was that the Dojo is/was a place that people where exposed to a wide variety of ideas, concepts and theories, some interesting some confounding and perplexing, and some just plain antagonistic, even annoying.
The purpose was to expose the would be future instructors to the gamut of experiences that they might find themselves in, either in life or in the Dojo, the purpose of education is to allow others to reach their full potential not to have them under your thumb as a minion or student, they must eventually become your equal, sadly some people didn’t stick around to find that out, but that’s life, just waiting for the bus to arrive, doesn’t mean that people are going to get on it.  The Dojo wasn’t created for students to stay in a holding pattern waiting for the next grade, or epiphany, it was/is a working Dojo, that reflected real life and all its confusing and odd occurrences, so if you stuck it out, kudos to you, and if you didn’t, then sadly the meaning of “one life one opportunity” will finally sink in. If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind before now, about the ability and character of the current membership, I can simply say that the senior members are now, not only my peers but they are an inspiration and constant source of encouragement to me, the torch can now be handed over.

“let not your flame be quenched by angst, pursue life,

 live it with all the passion you can muster,

 love all those around you unconditionally,

 may your heart always be true”

November 29th, 2006

A year in conclusion

Posted in Website Information by Mark
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving this year, its the time of year when we get together with loved ones and share the good fortune that has been bestowed upon us by a great benefactor.
As you are, or have become aware of, by now, I am only available W/ends but Im reliably informed that you are all getting along fine without me, and are even starting to have fun.
Several things of note, there is now a poetry category on our web site, so get writing/penning/scribing and submit your work.
There is also a category for comments and observations, this in fact is for your benefit, as it allows you to verbalize and in this case immortalize your thoughts and observations within and outside the dojo.
As we head into the final weeks of the old year and towards the new year, we are reminded of those less fortunate than ourselves, so remember that if its within you capabilities to help others, try to. Keep in mind the likes of toys for tots, coat drives and hot meals for those need them in the coming weeks and months ahead. And don’t forget our elderly in our own neighborhoods, check on them and see if they need assistance every now again.
You may ask what has our art to do with these activities, well its has everything to do with our art, when we take care of, provide for, and improve the lives of others we in turn help ourselves, our art represents the best of humanity.
Its taken several years and countless attempts to find a few good people with good hearts and great minds, with a will and a foresight to help improve the lives of those around us, we have been fortunate to have been associated with several great practitioners and even greater human beings, you all know who you are, they are the people that have assisted in our fundraising efforts over the years. Its become clear to me now, even though it may not have been at the time, that we should and must continue with our efforts, as it proves to each and every one of us that there is a benefit to helping others, when we help others, we help ourselves, we grow, we mature, we move forward hopefully towards a better happier future for everyone around us.
They say you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends, well neither can you choose the people you love, so its might seem impractical to love everyone, so love those that you can to the best of your ability, and smile at those that don’t.
Regards M.
November 9th, 2006

As we speak

Posted in Website Information by Mark

As we speak, we are in the process of reworking, redifining, our fundraising tactics and skills or lack thereof. Due to recent developments with the focus of our endevours, it’s become clear to us that our altruistic goals though well merited may or may not have been matched or equalled by all the parties involved, The Dojo, its supporters and friends from around the country raised money for a particular organisiation, and now it has since been brought to our attention that there may have been delays with the submission of the relevant tax documents for that organisation, this in no way casts any doubt on the merit or character of the organisation and its members, but it does preclude us from having any more involvement with fundraisers for them now or in the future. We are going ahead with our donation which will be donated directly to the New York Search and Rescue this allows all funds to go directly to those that need it most, while eliminating the middleman so to speak, and so we will have more details to follow. Go to for more info.

August 16th, 2006

Site Redesign Welcome!

Posted in Website Information by Eric

Welcome to the Bujinkan Bruin Dojo Website.  We’ve recently relaunched the site with a new look and feel.  Please have a look around at your convenience.  Most of the page content is similar to our previous site iteration, but this new WordPress-enabled site gives us an opportunity to update content more quickly, and post class and seminar reflections in a more timely manner.