2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 74,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that…

Shi Tennô


Recently Hatsumi Sensei honored me by awarding me with a diploma of Shi Tennô. Historically, the Shi Tennô 四天王 were the four “celestial emperors” protecting the four directions of North, South, East, West. Shi-tenno (literally, “Guardian Kings,” but most often translated as “Directional Guardians”) are deities, protectors of Buddhism, who guard each of the four directions…

Dkms3: Amaterasu Ômikami And The Kôjiki


Before detailing what Sensei spoke of during the last day of dkms, I have to tell you that it was very dense. Writing about it I discovered that the complexity of what Sensei said during that day allows us to follow his very particular way of reasoning. This is why I have decided to deliver…

Dkms2: yubi, kansetsu, aruki


The second day of the dkms was intense with Sensei insisting on very small technical points. This year the theme was kaname (essential points), and the kaname is to be found in many details. The first thing he said was that there was no duality in the encounter. There is no opposition Uke and tori…

Dkms1: Ikken Hassô, Tôtoku Hyôshi, Shitakara


Friday was the beginning of the dkms. The day began well as Sayaka Oguri joined us in Kashiwa on the train going to Shimizu Koen. On arrival the “dkms feeling” was palpable. Sensei was in great shape today as if his birthday was giving him  some extra energy. This is something strange that I have…