Duality and connection


Tachi kumiuchi is not about cutting, crushing or even hitting; it is about finding the openings in uke’s body in the midst of an ever changing encounter. These openings get visible only if you are connected to: space, time, and the opponent at all time. As always “simple is difficult” and to find, to keep, and…

Do you understand the Bujinkan?


I am always astonished to discover the misconceptions carried out by so many all over the world. No one is forcing you to claim to be “Bujinkan”, if you want to do your own stuff then do it but do not call it Bujinkan! As many Bujinkan practitioners of today were not students at that time, I want to list here once again those themes that created the art we know now…

Do you have a good connection?


En no kirinai has been one of the important teaching of Sensei at Daikomyo sai and ever since then in is classes at the Honbu or in Ayase. Do not severe the connexion so that you can reach a different level in your ability. As I told my students in December: “During last daikomyo sai,…

Tachi or Tachi?


The key thing with the Tachi kumiuchi is to stay balanced which means not to lose your balance. It means that you have to stay up standing. Being balanced actually means to be equally unbalanced in all directions at the same time. We all know that the techniques done on the ground are called “suwari…

Shu Ha Ri (2)


Sensei plays a lot these days with the different meanings of the word “Ri”. As you know the japanese language being monotonic, one sound has always several meanings which gives this language a great variety of possible understanding and/or interpretations. Depending on how you write it, the word “ri” has the meaning of 1. distance, keeping away or 2. truth, principle…

Shu Ha Ri


Today while training in Tachi waza with a group of students I thought that maybe the whole thing about Shu Ha Ri that Hatsumi Sensei is pushing these days may have always existed but that we were not ready to understand it. We know that Shu is learning the form, that Ha is absorbing the…

India 2010


Many seminars have been organized in India since my first post in 2008 and the dôjô is doing really great under Shiva (Shidôshi). I am proud to be one of the several Shihan helping them to grow within the Bujinkan system. Next May we will study the full series of forms of Bô Jutsu from the Kukishin Ryû. I hope that 4 days will be enough…