Tachi Tips & Tricks (8)


When you get attuned to the tachi, you discover that it is using the specificities of all the other weapons. The tachi is a hanbô, a jo, a bô, a yari, a naginata … and sometimes a sword… You lock the opponent like you would do with the hanbô, You control the distances like you…

Errors are Correct


The more important things we learn through training in the bujinkan is that it is ok to make mistakes. By accepting that we are not perfect we can improve our skills. The errors we make in the dôjô are our best teachers as long as we do our best to learn from them and correct…

Tachi Video


Drawing the tachi with the legs by using footwork. Filmed during the tachi III workshop right after the April trip to Japan. If you are a member of KOI Martial Art you can download a small tachi movie filmed during one of the classes I gave at the Honbu dôjô in Atago. Enjoy! 🙂

Enter the Dragon (2)


On Facebook one friend wrote: “without understanding what juppô sesshô is and its relation to the dragon and the tiger, you will stay forever in the mechanic world and never understand what is biomechanics” and another friend commented: “any movement you do is always biomechanical. Impossible to do a non-biomechanical movement by definition of the word.”…

Enter the Dragon


Asian martial arts often refer to the opposition/unity of the tiger and the dragon. In 2003, the first year of the  juppô sesshô cycle, we learnt that the dragon is in the sky or ten and the tiger on the ground or chi. We also learnt that the dragon was capturing while the tiger was…

Ryûha: Homework Required


The last section of the Kukishin Bô is called “keiko sabaki gata” and consists in a series of 25 techniques. As always if you do not look at the kanji but only at the sounds,  many meanings can be found in a good English dictionary. keiko: training, practice, study sabaki: deal with, handle; but also…

Flexibility?


Too many bujinkan practitioners are not flexible enough and they should spend some time outside the dôjô to improve their body. The dôjô is where you learn the waza, everything else is your responsability and should be done on your free time. Bujinkan instructors are not body fitness teachers. At 50, I still smoke*, I…

Taikai Paris July 2010


Watch the YSTT2010 trailer and register to attend the 8th edition to train with Peter, Sven, Peter and Arnaud in Paris.

Kaeshi Waza: the Ura of the Omote?


When we train the techniques of the different weapons or ryûha we often skip this important part of the training which is the kaeshi waza. Kaeshi waza is for me the essence of our budô as it is vital to know how to overcome any technique. Countering is always implied in a technique. In a…