Chemnitz seminar 1st & 2nd May


Seminar Arnaud 01 & 02.05.2010 Seminar Reminder: Rokkon Shôjô & Tachi Kumiuchi seminar in Chemnitz (Germany) with Arnaud Cousergue, May 1st & 2nd, 2010. I will summarize in Chemnitz  the last input that we got recently from Japan during the seminar. Tachi is not katana. I hope to see you there. Be happy !

Photon & Stardust: the Spirit of Movement


Once again I would like to review  a metaphore used by sensei not long ago. He spoke about “photon & stardust” to me, it is the best way to explain how things should happen in the dôjô. From our perspective, a photon is invisible. Stardust in space is also invisiable to us. A photon is moving…

Tachi Tips & tricks (6)


Yesterday during my seminar, one student was waving his sword held to his wrist by the rope at the tsuka kashira and the ring at the end broke releasing the sword. Training weapons are NOT real ones and might break easily. Do not get over excited while training and keep high security levels. There was no…

Tachi Tips & Trick (5)


When you get older your students get older too and you can learn from them! Yesterday on tachi kumiuchi seminar at the Bujinkan France in Vincennes I learnt two things. One of my old students followed a few seminars to become a blacksmith. I was teaching the particular way of waving the blade horizontally and was telling the…

Did sensei meet Shakespeare?


Here is a speech taken from Shakespeare’s play “Henry V”. It carries some values that rings a bell to what Hatsumi sensei explained a few weeks ago (cf. post on chivalry below). Reading this text I wonder if sensei didn’t meet Shakespeare when we did the ’96 Taikai in UK in Stratford Upon Aven, Shakespeare hometown… This is…

Tachi tips & tricks (4)


We have been training quite a lot with the tachi in the past weeks. When in Japan I was quite surprised to see that the blades used by sensei and the shihan were not that long after all. I have a few tachi (long and normal) and I found that the qualificative of tachi only…

Ki ken tai ichi


This Japanese proverb means “mind, sword, and body are one”. This “ki ken tai ichi” is very close to the “ken tai ichi jo” of the ten chi jin ryaku no maki. On the battlefield, the three elements must be united in order to survive the fight. Ki refers to mental energy, the soul. Ken refers to the weapon (often…

Japanese historical periods etc…


In this blog I have been speaking a lot about muromachi, azuchi-momoyama, edo, meiji periods. A short listing of the previous periods of Japanese history seem to be a good idea now. Japanese history is very rich and goes back to the beginning of mankind. As you know, every ryû tries to be linked in time as…

Yoroi without yoroi


Not long ago a student told me that he finally understood the importance of thinking we are wearing a yoroi when training the tachi kumiuchi techniques in the dôjô. Since 2003, each black belt in my dôjô have been wearing the yoroi on a regular basis and they have experienced physically how to train with it. When you…

Tachi tips & tricks (3)


  Tachi waza is mainly done katate (one hand) the other hand holding the reins of your horse or another weapon like the yari. The two-handed grip was developed later with the use of the katana. Sometimes you can use the second hand to reinforce the momentum of your blade but it is not its…