[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d16cbtEYUGM"]Don't Die a Martial Arts Fraud - YouTube[/ame] Was just watching this video and had to chuckle. Good ol Antony is still at it, confused and with illusions of grandeur. He's still barking but not sure up which tree and still peddling his books with impassioned pleas for people to learn the truth. The truth still is that he started this crusade not looking for historical accuracy, but because he was a poor English teacher living in Japan who couldn't afford training in any of the Kans. Tanemura sensei reportedly kicked him out and due to his lack of knowledge about Japan and Japanese culture, he ended up burning bridges. Seems like he is still doing so, as Japanese people interested in or conducting research into ninja end up developing an allergic reaction to him after a short while. He didn't learn enough of the Takamatsuden to understand that the ninjutsu curriculum is not only unarmed combat, in fact it is very much about escaping, confusing the opponent, and other strategies more so than fighting at all. Togakure ryu is mostly about how to break locks and throw metsubushi in its practical application. The two schools that are claimed to have been used by ninja to learn fighting, Gyokko ryu and Koto ryu respectively, aren't even called ninjutsu. Now, the odd claim that ninja didn't learn unarmed fighting, is based on not finding it in certain ninja texts like the Bansenshukai or the Shoninki. However, absence of that doesn't mean that it didn't exist, just that it wasn't written about in those texts. The reasons could be myriad, but the argument Cummins and others is illogical. The default response to not finding something isn't to say it didn't exist, it is to say we haven't found it. The Bujinkan being real or not has been discussed to death, but unless you have seen the scrolls for yourself, you cannot comment on their historical merit. If you haven't looked at the ryu in detail you cannot determine if they are real or made up in the 20th century. Grading issues and the BBT aside, the actual ryu and their teachings is the real question, not whether or not you like Hatsumi sensei or think he's an eccentric old man. Yet they confuse the argument and make claims about the Bujinkan without proof. When questioned on what fighting skills the shinobi no mono in Iga and Koga learned, the again illogical response is that they learned whatever arts were around in that area during that period.... This is a cop out because they don't have any clue what arts were around in the area during that period and can't show you any scrolls or techniques from any ryu. You basically couldn't have been a samurai without fighting skills, so until they can show what fighting skills the Iga jizamurai utilised, their argument falls on its face. Now, on to fraud. Antony claims to be alternatively a historian, a translator, and an author. Yet he is the biggest fraud. He is trying to resurrect the Natori arts based on scrolls with the help of a monk, but he has no marital training nor understanding, so when you see him running around "teaching" the ninja skills from the scrolls or demonstrating samurai arts, it is nothing but larping minus the understanding of the bigger picture. He isn't in the line of transmission, much less a student of any real traditional ryu with a Japanese master and unbroken lineage behind it. He is passionate, but sadly it is the blind leading the blind. As a researcher, he cannot read or speak Japanese, as far as I know, his major translator and assistant, one Yoshie Minami, can't read classical Japanese, so neither she nor Antony can actually read any scrolls or old texts they may find. As far as I know, Antony doesn't have any credentials as an academic and Yoshie's degree is in English or something. She was one of his English students originally, not someone with a background either personally or academically with Japanese history or the samurai. As Antony has never seen what scrolls Hatsumi sensei has, he can only say that he doesn't know if he has any or what they contain. Yet he thinks people should listen to him just because he raises the volume of his rhetoric. Luckily, most Japanese people aren't fooled by bluster and bravado, and keep him at arm's length. He always complains about not getting access to certain things, but why would anyone entrust something they hold valuable and important to their culture and history, to a guy without manners, credentials, common sense, or civility? He doesn't know the answers so he always asks others to do the research for him and share things with him. It is great that he is trying to bring ninja scrolls to the light of the West, but really what ability could he possibly have to either decipher or translate what is in them? It would be better if he supplied the Japanese texts with each of his "translations," so truly trained academicians could benefit from those sources. He has also supported and collaborated with known frauds, i.e. Anshu Christa(other) Jacobson. So basically he is warning others not to travel down his own path it seems with this don't be a fraud video. Poor chap.