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January 20th, 2007 - Jack Hoban Seminar - Houston, Texas

July 15th & 16th, 2006 - Shidoshi Seminar - Houston, Texas

January 20th, 2007 - Jack Hoban Seminar - Houston, Texas

Seminar will take place in North West Houston.

When: Saturday, January 20, 2007 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Where: Gymnastics USA - 10903 Tower Oaks - Houston, TX

For information, contact Kurt Haines at or

Beto Frausto at

Jack Hoban is a former active duty U.S. Marine Corps Captain and long time practitioner of martial arts. He is a Shihan Senior Instructor in the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu systems under Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan and has authored three books on warriorship. Mr. Hoban also holds an MBA and is an executive in the healthcare industry.

Pre-registration here is $60.00

Registration at the door is $75.00

Pre-Register On-Line at

July 15th & 16th, 2006 - Shidoshi Seminar - Houston, Texas

The Bujinkan Houston Dojo is proud to present a Shidoshi Seminar

Various Shidoshi from around the state will teach at the seminar.

Sat. 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $75 if prepaid by 7/15 $100 at the door

Where: Gymnastics USA - 10903 Tower Oaks - Houston, TX

Hosted by: Mark Harper and Rich Cearley

Items to bring: Training Knife, Fukuro Shinai and training Shuko.

Mark Harper
10654 Thunderhead Ct.
Houston, TX 77064

Seminar Overview

July 15th and 16th we had the 2nd Texas Shidoshi seminar. 8 teachers and 45 students from Austin, Lake Jackson, Pasadena, The Woodlands and all over the state came to share the art.

We started the day by bowing in, using a Kamidana that John Hidalgo brought then Shidoshi Kurt Haines was first to teach. Having just gotten back from Japan he showed Nagato style Gyokko ryu. He stressed getting the kata right before going to henka. If you move in the kata correctly you should be in the right place to cause maximum pain to the opponent. It was some of the basic kata but a different spin than I have seen in a long time.

After a water break, Shidoshi Brian Tritico went over some of the higher level Kata from Shinden Fudo Ryu. He then demonstrated ways to control the opponent by being in the right place and the timing needed to get there. Watching Brian throw his students was awesome. We broke for lunch and took over the Schlotsky's then back to training

Shidoshi Beto Frausto was there with 400 pound Gorilla products and he showed how to gain control of the opponents wrists. While not grabbing but putting your hand on or near the wrist and applying pressure when you get their balance. I have always enjoyed wrist techniques but they are really sore today after taking some abuse.

John Hidalgo took Shidoshi Jay Hardy's place as he had a family emergency and could not make it. John taught how to easily move or throw your opponent by putting yourself in the best place during basic techniques. It is always fun doing basics especially when he brought out the hanbo to lock and throw the Uke.

Like the Houston Shidoshi seminar we had one instructor do a tech. and the next would do a henka from the first tech. It showed the incredible amount of talent in the Texas Bujinkan and diversity of style.

We closed the day, and all went for some Thai food to go with the Taijutsu we had been practicing.

Sunday morning Shidoshi Rich Cearley began with basic meditation techniques. He explained that using this method takes very little time and will help calm your mind and help your concentration. I have used it for ADD and ADHD kids with my kids class and it works wonders. Then Rich showed some amazing taijutsu from Shinden Fudo Ryu, with henka using some of Betos wrist controls.

Shidoshi Travis Anderson then showed "Fluffy Bunny Ryu". It looks like a surrender position but by rotating on the ball of your foot or heal puts you at the proper distance to keep from being hit and control your opponents balance. My daughter got it so well she threw me and hit me in the head as I started to get up and put me down hard. He explained you start like a bunny and finish like a dragon.

We took a short snack break and Shidoshi Raj Yadav M.D. introduced the more aggressive methods of straight in on the opponent to disrupt balance and control the uke with 3 points of contact. It is fun watching Raj who is not to tall use a guy that towers over him to demonstrate how well proper taijutsu works.

Shidoshi Dave Bolin finished the weekend working on making a small movement against an attack so the uke thinks they hit you. Which sets them up for a follow up technique when the second punch comes at you. He then went over ways to receive and attack with a hanbo or sword that puts you in a safe position while not taking too much impact.

We skipped lunch and went to an early dinner of sushi and had a great time comparing bruises. We will do it again next year and this fall will have a ground / grappling seminar with Kurt Haines. In November Judan Bob Higginbotham will be coming up from New Zealand and teaching a seminar. On December 3rd we will do our annual Dai Komyo Sai. Training in Houston has evolved into an incredible opportunity with 9 shidoshi in and around town. All get together to share what they have learned in the 25 years since the Bujinkan started in Houston.

We will have tapes of all the seminars available and hope to see those who missed this one at a future seminar.

Mark Harper
Bujinkan Houston Dojo   •   P.O. Box 3392   •   Lake Jackson, Texas 77566-3392

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