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Published on Jan 2, 2011
November 2003, a ninjutsu / budo taijutsu student from the Missouri Budo Taijutsu Dojo steps out from the mystical shadow world of stealth, espionage, and assassinations, and walks onto the wrestling mats at SIU Carbondale, for a submission wrestling tournament hosted by midwest leglocker Vince Fields.
With the ninja's buyu Shingo dead, and the ninja's shidoshi Tanaka saddened at the loss of his son Shingo--causing the 2000 year old tradition of the mystical ninja teachings being passed from father to son-father to son to be broken, our ninja chronicled here insisted that he could take Shingo's place.
He wanted to fight in the Kumite!
However, Tanaka Sensei was not impressed. "You are not a Japanese! You are not a Tanaka!" the old grandmaster scowled.
But the ninja here would not be deferred, and replied "You told me to use any tactic that works, never to commit yourself to one style, to keep an open mind!"
"Why?" the ninja's shidoshi asked incredulously, half crying from feeling honored, half stunned with bewilderment at the audacity of his round-eye trainee.
"To honor you, Shidoshi."
*STYLES MAKE FIGHTS, BUT IT'S THE FIGHTERS THAT MAKE THE STYLES.*