June 4, 1937 - November 19, 2012
I began my training with O Sensei in 2007 at 44 years of age. Although I felt a bit old to begin this sort of training, he taught me that it was never too late to learn how to take care of myself. I was a non traditional student and quite fortunate to have him as my instructor; he taught me 21st Century Combatives, and a compendium of philosophies strategies and tactics otherwise known as Ninjutsu.
I became a student of the Great Teacher, having been the victim of domestic violence; I had no idea that he was an icon and a legend. He didn't discuss his accomplishments or boast about the past, I found him to be quite current and in the present. I told him about my circumstances, and the training he gave me was specific to my personal safety goals. I remember often feeling that I was too old for this type of training, but he never allowed me to convince myself of such. He always reminded me that it is never "too late" to learn how to take care of one's self.
Father Of American Ninjutsu
Professor Ronald R. Duncan O Sensei
Lady Sensei New York
In hindsight, I realize that of all the lessons he taught me, the greatest lesson was teaching me how to teach myself. This would enable me to continue with our lessons long after he traveled to the Ancestral realm. He calibrated my lessons and allowed me to develop into a thinking practitioner, not a student who merely imitates what they see. When he taught me how, he taught me why. O Sensei encouraged me to study and learn as much as possible, and was pleased that I grew into other martial studies. I really don't believe anyone else would have taught me as much as he did; he based my lessons on my ability to augment myself and adapt, and not by rank alone.
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