Grow Up, Size Does Matter!


Did you ever walk with shoes too small for your feet? It is painful, even if they look good. Well, I see a similarity with the weapons we use in the Dōjō. Many of the weapons we use are undersized. Tradition is beautiful, but sometimes it can be counterproductive. I will explain why in this…

Buyūkai 2: More Details By Phil


Some changes are happening these days in the Bujinkan. Here is some more useful information by Phil Legare from Japan. It takes some time to change to take place. The following text explains a few points I didn’t cover in my last post. My friend Phil published that today on Facebook. But the “life-span” of…

Buyūkai, Buyukai, And Other Clarifications


This Sunday in Japan, was the first meeting of the Buyūkai. (1) That is a new change in the Bujinkan.Until this day, the Shidōshikai was regrouping the teachers of the Bujinkan. The Shidōshikai doesn’t exist anymore in Japan. The Buyūkai replaces it. This Buyūkai meeting was a very happy moment. Sensei exposed the goal of…

The Tesseract Of Nature


Teaching the Mutō Dori of 2018, Hatsumi Sensei keeps repeating it is about control. But the control he speaks about is different from the general understanding we have of this word. During the calligraphy session, I asked for “control,” and he did “Kū.” (1) Because it is one of the few Kanji I can recognize,…

I Am The Universe!


and so are you! During training, Hatsumi Sensei spoke of “Ningen Kûkan Tsunagaru.” There is a connection between Humanity and Kūkan. (1) He told us to “let the divine express itself through us.” Some of you might react to the word “divine,” but understand it as the Shintō or Taoist meaning of “Nature.” This “divine…

Protect Your Holes!


What I like when training with Nagato sensei, is that he often has his way to convey his ideas. Today was no different when he said “protect your holes!” and laughed. What he meant was about the fight. When you are fighting the opponent, make sure not to let any Suki, holes, in your movements….

Noguchi Ryū


A class with Noguchi sensei is always a surprise. Last class, we covered the Shizen Chigoku Gata (the first level). As often with him, I am lost after ten minutes! Noguchi sensei has this fantastic ability to make something new with old techniques. And for many of the techniques, his renewed interpretation is impressive. Over…

Skydiving Anyone?


These days, this is precisely the feeling I have when training at the Honbu. When skydiving in free fall, you have this incredible feeling of falling within your fall. It is like being into a vortex. The fall seems infinite like falling into an endless fractal. If you had the chance to experience it, you…

Satori, Gojō, Gogyō


DISCLAIMER: COMPLEX CONTENT I have not been in the dōjō for three months, and I have the feeling that Sensei’s movements gained in subtlety. How can it be possible? I am amazed. After class last Friday, I spoke with Liz, a Canadian resident about it and she agreed with me. I will not detail here…

Ishiki: Awareness


I wrote many times about Japan being the country where one makes mistakes. I arrived Thursday in Japan and made the first one on arrival. That made me think about Ishiki, awareness. (1) Before I go further on the philosophical lesson learned, let me tell you the story. Landing in Narita in the afternoon, I…

Yokeru Janai!


In class, Hatsumi Sōke was speaking of Mutō Dori. In one of his book, he explains the concept of Mutō Dori. The advanced level of Mutō Dori is entirely different from beginner’s level. It is about having the courage to face the opponent even if it means death for us. He added that when Uke…

Tōtoku: Protect Yourself


Nagato sensei’s main idea was to remain protected at all time. This is Tōtoku. (1)   Even though Tōtoku uses a sword, in theory, the concept is also valid for regular Taijutsu. That was what we did during the whole class. uke attacks with a double Tsuki. You block and absorb the first fist with…