Gyofu: We Are Imperial Fishermen


Last week Hatsumi sensei said that we must know fight like gentlemen using no strength but only adapting our body to uke’s attacks but with some kind of high class touch. We do not want to fight but we do not want to hurt either. Later during the class he spoke of his movements as…

Change (2)


Changes happen every day. And they often  happen when you are not ready to receive them. When I arrived at the dôjô on Saturday at 11am for Senô Sensei’s class, I was surprised to see Someya sensei waiting for me at the door. Hatsumi sensei has asked him to replace Senô Sensei who was not…

Katana o Nuku, Chikara o Nuku


In his last classes, Hatsumi Sensei has developed a new set of concepts, namely “katana o nuku, chikara o nuku”, “iai o nuku”, kakogenzaimirai”. I would like here to dwell into these concepts as they are, in my opinion, defining where the Bujinkan is heading to in 2013. Each trip to Japan is a fantastic occasion to…

Is Change Always Positive?


Because I was in the UN, I was absent from Japan for eight months. Eight months is very long by Japanese standard and many things are changing. This trip is my 50th and since 1999 I have stayed at the Kashiwa hotel. Even though I’m always amazed by the Japanese ability to change their processes…