Japan Trip April 2012 – Diary


I came back yesterday from a fantastic trip and I hope you have been able to share with me the things I trained in Noda. I have been asked in Japan why I was writing so much*. It is to share with the community some of the knowledge we get in Japan with Sôke and…

Ultimate Teaching


Today was my last class with sensei during this japan trip and it was a very nice class where we could train also with long weapons. As sensei was coming a little late I was asked to begin the class and when sensei arrived, we started by a three tsuki attack demonstrated by an American…

Shinrabanshô


In each class with sensei I wait for “the word” that will give a new turn to my taijutsu. Last friday night at the honbu the word was “shinrabanshô”, 森羅万象 (all thing in nature, the whole creation). I had the privilege to open the class. On a fist attack, you slide to uke’s left and take…

Hojo & Kotsu


Today’s class was about hojo 補助 (assistance, support) of the basics in every movement. This foundation is the key to get the natural flow in your taijutsu. I am always amazed by Senô sensei’s saino,  才能 (ability), nagare, 流れ (flow) and  kôseido, 高精度 (precision).  I remember asking him one day how he became so good at locks, footwork and at off…

Shihanden at Bujinden


In the last five days, I had the chance to train three times with Nagato sensei and I noticed a new “trend” in his way of teaching. I have been training under him for over twenty years and I see when things are changing. As it is (should be?) the case for all of us, he…

Happô Biken


Today I gave a class on biken jutsu at the honbu and we studied the kukishin sword. The two hours passed so fast that we didn’t have time for a break as we use to have here in mid class. It was nice to dwell  gain into the waza of the school as we mainly…

Meridian, Speed & Excellence


Each action should be following each other in a logical manner. In the technique, we move to one point of control to another as if climbing a rope, as sensei put it we “should control the opponent as if going up or down an acupuncture meridian.”* But sensei’s was not trying to teach us any…

Sanshin is Kihon Happô (2)


First of all I want to thank you for your comments on the this subject, and if you did not read them, I invite you to do it now on the blog.  After publishing the first article on this subject, I remembered that I forgot to tell you a few things. It is mainly about…

Sanshin Is Kihon Happô


The Japanese people are very found about numerology and sensei being Japanese I was not surprised yesterday night when he said “the sanshin no kata is the kihon happô”. In this blog I already wrote a few articles referring to this and referring mainly to the kihon happô. But the same can be done with…

Nuku Dummy!


Last Sunday, Nagato Sensei insisted on the idea of nuku 抜, in this case drawing out the body in the middle of the technique. When uke reacts in tension expecting contact you use this tension against him by removing, withdrawing, your body from the expected contact. The kûkan created confuses uke’s balance (body and mind) and…