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Nachum Kaplan

Warrior wisdom

Posted by in Blog on September 8, 2015

Martial artists are fond of talking about how training has improved their lives and themselves but they are not very good at explaining just how that is so. All the talk about confidence, focus, discipline, commitment, persistence and the like is real enough but it actually undersells the benefits. The Bujinkan arts can be a


Get real

Posted by in Blog on August 31, 2015

“80% of fights go to the ground” “70% of armed assaults involve a knife” Did you believe these common self defence claims? If so you’ve been misled. We have no idea percentage of “fights” go to the ground or what percentage involves a knife (or any weapon) for that matter. These statements should sound like


Way of the ninja

Posted by in Blog on August 20, 2015

There is a 2-page spread in the Home section of today’s Straits Times newspaper about Singapore Ninjutsu. Here is the link to the online version and below it the story: Way of the ninja Unlike judo or taekwon-do, ninjutsu is not a sport but teaches a set of skills for survival Kevin Lim  Executive


Martial arts and aggression

Posted by in Blog on August 18, 2015

Does martial arts training make people more aggressive? It’s a question many people – and certainly many parents – ask and while many martial artists might object to the question and spout the usual stuff about martial arts being about character development and the skills purely for self defence, it is a question that deserves


What makes Ninjutsu different?

Posted by in Blog on July 28, 2015

What is unique about Ninjutsu? What makes it different from other martial arts? I have been asked questions like this a lot lately and sometimes it is good to sit back and think about this. After all, to those outside the martial arts world, a lot of arts really do look pretty similar. So here


How to teach children

Posted by in Blog on June 17, 2015

The centuries-old collection of Japanese martial arts that I teach are as effective for self-defence today as they were in feudal Japan and also serve as powerful vehicle for self-improvement and personal development. But just how can one teach such arts to children? The answer is – differently. It simply is not possible to teach


Know thyself to stay safe

Posted by in Blog on May 20, 2015

In keeping with my recent theme about the importance of self defence law in a martial arts program, I would like to expand it and look at the role of ethics in martial arts and self defence. I often ask new students what would they be willing to do protect themselves and their loved ones