balance your tachi, balance your life


Tachi kumiuchi is fighting with sword and yoroi but tachi alone also means standing up. In fact tachi kumiuchi is about acquiring the ability to keep our balance. The tachi (sword) too is balanced but on a horizontal plane, sensei insists on this in each class. When the tachi is in the belt with the…

Tachi tips & tricks (2)


As sensei was saying recently: the real sword masters are the tachi masters. The samurai who were using the katana did it because the didn’t understand the tachi.”

Tachi tips & tricks


The tachi is mainly used katate (one hand), often when riding a horse. The tachi was used to hit the opponent so that he would lose his balance. Sometimes the violence of the hit would create a reflex that would open the fingers and make him drop the weapon. This is why there is a…

Japan seminar April in Paris


Tachi Kumiuchi and Rokkon shôjô seminar in Paris April 23rd – 25th As always after all my trips to Japan, I give a seminar in Paris with the students who came with me to Noda to share the latest insights collected in Japan. If you are interested come to Paris Fri 23-Sat 24-Sun 25 of…

Do not fix your mind


With the study of tachi kumiuchi we entered this year into a new dimension of sword fighting. This is why this year is really important for your martial evolution. Zen masters have explained martial arts things better that some practitioner. Takuan is one of them and his explanations are so simple that I am quoting…

Inyo kyojitsu


These days sensei speaks a lot about inyo kyojitsu. “inyo” is the Japanese name for yinyang and “kyojitsu” refers to falsehood/truth, similar to when we played with “menkyo kaiden” a few years ago. Beyond these terms there is another reality that I would like to explore further. “inyo”: Many things have been said about this…

Tachi or tachi?


 Tachi has various meanings depending on the writing: 太刀 たちtachi (n) – long sword 立ち たちtachi (n) – stand 舘 たちtachi (loc) – Tachi 裁ち たちtachi (n) – cut – cutting 質 たちtachi (n) – nature (of person) – quality 達 たちtachi (n-suf) – plural suffix 館 たちtachi (loc) – Tachi 館 たちtachi (1) (n) – mansion – small castle Think about it when listening to sensei… (www.kanjidict.stc.cx)

Kanji game


Taijutsu is the “martial technique of the body”. The kanji for body (tai 体) is composed of two others Jin (human) is 人 and moku  本 (tree) i.e. nature but meaning also “true, real”. Therefore, Taijutsu can be seen as “the way to protect nature”; or “the way to become a true man”.

Bring death to life to preserve life


Last class Hatsumi sensei played with the meaning of two words “ikasu” and “kaitatsu“. Ikasu means “being stylish or smart” but written differently is “to keep alive, or to capitalize on experience”. But in sensei’s idea it was more like bringing something to life. As far as I understand, the technique does not matter and…

Honbu dôjô experience


Today Noguchi sensei did the first morning class and he taught us parts of the koto ryû. Then it was the regular class with sôke but as he had some obligations, I was honoured by Noguchi sensei to begin the teaching. This is not the first time it happens to me on Sundays but I always find…