Foundation (2)


After the last article on foundation of taijutsu I redesigned the budomart website accordingly. Please visit it and discover the new foundation series. 4 sets covering 612 techniques, 26 dvds, more than 22 hours of videos.

The Foundation Of Taijutsu


The quality of our taijutsu depends on strong foundations. But what does taijutsu and foundation really mean? Taijutsu is often understood as the sole body movement but when you are used to Hatsumi sensei’s vision of life it is always interesting to dig a little deeper and see what the word(s) really encompass it is…

Jupi Summer Camp


The weather is getting smoother so we will not sweat as much as last year! There are still a few places left for the summer camp which begins on the 21st of August If you are interested read all about it at the JSC2010 website. Be happy!

Obon: No Class


Next week-end sensei will not teach because of the Obon, a Buddhist ceremony of filial piety in honor of the ancestors of one’s family. This ceremony is held around mid August (it depends on the region of Japan and/or of the calendar in use solar or lunar) and is based on the Ullambana Sutra, one…

Seiza or Seiza?


Whenever we are waiting or listening we naturally put ourselves in seiza no kamae. Over the years, this kamae has been assimilated and we do it without thinking. This is the objective we should have for every movement we learn in the dôjô; i.e. being able to do everything without thinking. By forgetting the self…

Blue Pill or Red Pill?


Each time I return from Japan I keep thinking on the many things and ideas that sensei has given us during his classes. This is some kind of ritual that has developed into a necessary step for me to go further. During one of his recent class Hatsumi sensei was saying: “I do not teach…

ETL (2)


In order to make myself clear I did a chart representing the exponential curve for the Error Tolerance Level (ETL). It helps to understand better what I tried to explain with my words. In the diagram: the abscissa (X) represents the number of repetitions (from 1 to 1000) and the ordinate Y) represents the EL in…

Mistakes: The Path To Success


What everyone love about Jackie Chan’s movies are those last minutes at the end during the end credits of the film where we can watch the mistakes happening during the stunts sequences as if we were witnessing the shooting action. Good stunts require many takes and sometimes end up in accidents. Once edited in the…

Flexibility Of Body & Mind


Flexibility of the mind is what gives us access to the power of our imagination and creativity. As we all know the direct links existing between body & mind, some of us might find it easier to become first flexible in their body and then move up to the mind. Flexibility is a natural state…