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…

Koto Ryū Noguchism


Noguchi has developed his taijutsu like every Japanese Dai Shihan. He has been my “teacher” since 1993. He is impressive and can turn any known Waza into something so different from the original technique. Attending a class with one of the Japanese Dai Shihan is like training another martial art. I spoke about it with…

Mutō Dori Is Happiness


Thank you Sensei for the gift of happiness! What I like about this period of the year here at the Honbu, is the happiness emitting from Sensei. His classes resemble more a family gathering than a Budō training. In fact, we don’t train that much, and we have long breaks. Everyone has now reached the…

Listen With Your Body


A class with Senō sensei is always a pleasure. First he is a gentleman; second, you get out of it more confused than when you entered. His last two classes were no exception! If we began with the Kunai, the beauty of his taijutsu was not about the weapon. The Kunai was an excuse to…

Who Is The Boss?


It’s been a long time since I got angry. Today I am. Hatsumi Sensei has announced a few modifications to the way we deal with the Honbu Dōjō. These changes concern the Dai Shihan in the first place, and their followers. They will the ones putting into place this new organisation. I have read a…

Be Like A Butterfly!


During Friday’s class, I asked Sensei to write: “It is not about fighting, it is about controlling.” What I got was “Chochō Hanami Maai” or “Butterfly, flowers, distance.” (1) Since then I tried to see the link between my request and his answer. During the Sunday class, he spoke about the butterfly. It helps to…

Tatakai Wa Janai


The more I train here, and the more I am lost. Today, during Senō sensei’s class, I partnered with my friend Michael Glenn (Santa Monica dōjō). We were lost. How those who come here once or twice in their life can understand the Bujinkan arts. Yesterday night, Hatsumi Sensei’s class was another moment of solitude….

Ken, Tachi, Katana


  I recently asked you about your expectations about the videos and texts that I do. To my surprise, you are 90% willing to have more insights on History in Budō. In this first article, I will address a point that might change your vision of sword fighting. Only the Kukishinden and the Togakure Ryū…

33% Discount at Budomart In November!


I began training in June 1984. This year it is my 33rd year in the Bujinkan. With Christmas coming soon, I thought it would be nice to celebrate this anniversary together. During the whole month of November, you get a permanent discount of 33% on ALL budomart DVDs. That is my way of thanking you…

Saigō Takamori, The Unlucky “Last Samurai”


There is a new painting of Saigō Takamori in the Dōjō from the Edo period. (1) (2) Saigo Takamori helped to replace the Bakufu to install the Meiji restoration. During the Boshin war (1868-1869), Saigō Takamori led the Meiji army. Disagreeing on the reforms put in place by the new power, he left the court…

Demo: The Intelligence Of However


The waves keep crashing on the shore, they change to adapt, but they are all the same. Water flows on what it finds on its path. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change,” said Stephen Hawking. That is what we learn in the Bujinkan. A friend in Japan noted that Sensei always finished his…