Value What You Have


  The Bujinkan created by Sōke is like a treasure, but few practitioners understand what it is, or how much it is worth. There is a Japanese saying for people not valuing what they have. It is “Neko ni koban,” as our “casting pearls before swine.” (1) The Bujinkan is a treasure because of its…

Are You A Mindless Cyborg?


Body and mind are one. If you only develop the body and let the soul out, your taijutsu will be artificial. It will look good but miss the flavour. And it will never be alive and natural. All martial arts in Japan, follow a three-step pattern called Shingitai. (1) Created by Sumo, the Shingitai is…

Are You A Failure?


Are you used to fail? I hope for you. This is good and the best way to improve your skills. When you learned to ride a bike, it was not easy, but you got it. It was the same when you learned how to swim. I am sure that today when you ride a bike…

Is Sensei A Black Hole?


I was reading an article about the discovery of a new black hole that wasn’t respecting conventional physics. And I found some similarities with Sensei’s Budō. Like a star, Hatsumi Sensei has accumulated a lot of mass/knowledge over the years. That is why his Taijutsu is far beyond our understanding. What is a black hole?…

Think With Your Feet!


In the Bujinkan, everything comes down to the quality of your footwork. As Hatsumi Sensei puts it, “move with your feet, the hands will follow.” Since we are babies, our hands are the first tool we use to discover the world, not the legs. As a consequence, our feet are under-trained, but Bujinkan training modifies…

Waza Are For Kids!


Today many practitioners are more interested in collecting Waza than understanding their purpose. Not so many try to find out the aim of a Waza. Maybe they get Sensei wrong. “Play!” doesn’t mean to remain all your life at kid level. You have to grow up! And the first step is to understand what a…

Tabi Tabi


Training is not limited to dōjō hours, homework is necessary. Once you have repeated many times the same moves, your Taijutsu gets better. To train your Kihon or your Waza has a name in Japanese: it is Tabi Tabi. (1) Did you notice that drawings of Japanese fighters show them with the body bent forward?…

It Is Your Fault!


It is your fault if you cannot do the movements correctly. I found a quote by Sensei saying, “Humans have yet to dwell upon the consequences of their actions. Most people spend their time finding fault in the action of others rather than their own.” This is Sekininkan, the sense of responsibility. (1) On the…

Yokusei Jutsu: The Art Of Controlling


My friend Philip Pihl wrote from Japan yesterday after class. Hatsumi Sensei expressed his mastery of Mutō Dori using the body, the sword, and the knife. Mutō Dori is still the major training point to learn and understand how to express it with our Taijutsu. We entered the realm of Mutō Dori two years ago in…

Do You Have A Backpack?


When you go out for a trek in the mountains, you carry a backpack. Everything you might need during the long hours of walking is inside. When you pack it, you select the content and organize it. You know precisely where every object is: socks, clothes, sleeping bag, map, compass, knife, rope, gloves, rain jacket,…