Chûshin & Chôwa


Even though the theme for the year is “ken”, sensei speaks a lot about kaname, 要 (essential point, pivot) in his classes. Since the beginning of the year you can see on the right side of the shinden a calligraphy reading “jinryû no kaname wo mamoru”  which can be approximately translated as “the main point of the…

Shinken, shinyû, shinri


Yesterday I had the chance to get a quick lunch with sensei after the “memorial day”. In the past these opportunities were not rare but today I consider it a luxury to be able to speak with him directly with only the two of us.  During a recent class we trained some mutô dori technique…

Shindô, The True Path


The recent days have brought their amount of new experiences. Yesterday going to the Takamatsu memorial with sensei was a nice moment that I always cherish, and it is was a true moment of budô shared with sensei, Oguri senei’s family and a group of shihan from all over the world. I am always thankful…

Confused? Not Anymore!


I am not confused anymore as today, I finally got my answer. I am happy to share it with you as I guess you were all totally confused after my previous post.  Friday night, Hatsumi sensei was speaking of the necessary adaptation to take into account when using fighting techniques of the past. His point…

Confusion


Being wrong is good The first class with sensei is always a fantastic moment that I enjoy pretty much. And this one was not different. It was rich and full of new feelings that will brew in my brain and body to create a new flavored taijutsu. As often when I arrive in Japan for…

Hanpirei: inverse proportion


I had my first class of the trip tonight and I must say that I was a little lost. It will take me some time (and sleep) to be able to tell you exactly what we did. So to feed you with something I will explain a new concept taught by sensei before I arrived….

Shakaiteki no Budô?


In the plane to Tokyo I thought a lot about our motivation as budo practitioners. I have been travelling to Japan many times and I did some math and figured out that I spent over 1000 hours to fly there! These 1000 hours represent 44 days of my life, a month and a half in…

Great Kihon


When one begins to walk the path of Bujinkan Budô he is often puzzled by the apparent complexity of the system taught by Hatsumi sensei. This apparent complexity only fools the one believing in the world of manifested illusions. As we know ninjutsu is genjutsu, i.e. an illusion itself or better said an ability to…