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    Did anyone catch the History Channels most recent "Warriors" program? Lo and behold, there's our own Dr. Alex Bennett, helping the TV presenter navigate the mysteries of the Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. First Anthony Bourdain, now it's Terry Schappert...

    At least, they didn't tag him as being British this time!

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    Originally posted by Paikea View Post
    Did anyone catch the History Channels most recent "Warriors" program? Lo and behold, there's our own Dr. Alex Bennett, helping the TV presenter navigate the mysteries of the Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. First Anthony Bourdain, now it's Terry Schappert...

    At least, they didn't tag him as being British this time!
    Not British, but still speaks funny.

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    • #3
      Why Ari Gold of course. Hug it out bitches.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Paikea View Post
        Did anyone catch the History Channels most recent "Warriors" program? Lo and behold, there's our own Dr. Alex Bennett, helping the TV presenter navigate the mysteries of the Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. First Anthony Bourdain, now it's Terry Schappert...

        At least, they didn't tag him as being British this time!
        With Ari on board, we'll soon see Alex on every game show and chat show in the land. The Kiwi Beat Takeshi!

        b

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        • #5
          Here's a link to an overview of "Samurai Showdown": http://www.history.com/video.do?name...id=19679187001

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          • #6
            You fellows being slightly critical or just having fun (I threw the TV away, interfered with making time for Kendo ha ha...umm, really)?

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            • #7
              Not critical at all, I thought the program was actually quite well done. At first, when Terry Schappert mentioned Mushashi, I thought it wasn't going anywhere (once Mushashi comes up, things tend to go south on American TV), but it was actually thoughtful and lacking in the typical hype.

              In the end, Mr. Schappert gets a pair of bokutoh from Yoshimoti-sensei and I'm ever-so-slightly jealous...

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              • #8
                Uh, I don't think I was being critical. Apologies if I came off that way.

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                • #9
                  We love to have a dig at Dr. A. I like to think it helps him to keep it real. But then, being an expat in Japan probably does that well enough...

                  But all joking aside, I would love to see that ep. Especially after reading Alex's rather inspiring blog entry on the making of it:

                  http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/blog.php?b=2

                  It sounds like, if the producers have any class, the best bit won't have made it into the show. If that's the case, I'm glad Alex was there to tell of it.

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                  • #10
                    Alex looks a bit mafioso in that suit!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ben View Post
                      We love to have a dig at Dr. A. I like to think it helps him to keep it real. But then, being an expat in Japan probably does that well enough...

                      But all joking aside, I would love to see that ep. Especially after reading Alex's rather inspiring blog entry on the making of it:

                      http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/blog.php?b=2

                      It sounds like, if the producers have any class, the best bit won't have made it into the show. If that's the case, I'm glad Alex was there to tell of it.

                      b

                      That part wasn't in the episode, which seemed a bit lacking in focus, really.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ben View Post
                        We love to have a dig at Dr. A. I like to think it helps him to keep it real. But then, being an expat in Japan probably does that well enough...
                        b
                        No mate...Reality is a thing of the past.

                        I haven't actually seen the show yet, but Terry was a hell of a nice bloke.

                        I have since found out that there is a whole lot of political BS surrounding the Niten Ichi-ryu world, but that's budo for you. No escaping it, but let's not talk about it here.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ben View Post
                          It sounds like, if the producers have any class, the best bit won't have made it into the show. If that's the case, I'm glad Alex was there to tell of it.
                          The meaning in that moment of the program was pretty clear - even heavily edited. Alex got to witness something really special, I thought.

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                          • #14
                            Here is a link on Youtube where Terry Schappert talks about the program and you get to see a few clips.

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYBuuvhiM5Y

                            Alex, you were on TV again late last night on NHK as part of the Japanology program and, according to my mother-in-law, in a dojo in England. I didn't see it though.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wark 1978 View Post
                              Here is a link on Youtube where Terry Schappert talks about the program and you get to see a few clips.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYBuuvhiM5Y

                              Alex, you were on TV again late last night on NHK as part of the Japanology program and, according to my mother-in-law, in a dojo in England. I didn't see it though.
                              Eh? Bloody hell...Why aren't I rich???

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