Jûdan Is Beginning


Today one if my close student has been promoted to Jûdan by Hatsumi sensei. Cédric (left on the picture) has been training for many years with me and has a very nice Dôjô near Paris. It is always a very special moment for a teacher when one of his or her student is reaching this…

Sonkeishin: Respect


The Bujinkan is growing in quantity but it seems to me that some of its original qualities tend to disappear. And 尊敬心 sonkeishin (respect) seems to be the first one on the list of endangered qualities. I train Bujinkan because I deeply respect our Sôke Hatsumi Masaaki. The respect I feel for him has nothing to…

CONGRATULATIONS!


CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! After 5 years (plus one week) you have visited this blog over 250,000 times! It is a quarter of a million! and represents 50,000 visits per year. This is something we can proud of. Thank you! During all these years I tried to deliver, through my articles, my feelings about the Bujinkan and…

Ken Tai Ichi Jô


  In the Bujinkan there is the concept of  劒体一条 ken tai ichijô (body and weapon are one). This concept makes a lot of sense when wielding a heavy sword in 片手 katate (one hand) because the free arm is often in the way. And this is even more difficult to manage as the blade is…

Ken no Sui no Kata


The Ken is heavy and needs a lot of circular momentum to cut into the opponent. To apply an “omote shutô-like” cut to the side of the neck and to be sure to slide the blade in between the helmet and the yoroi (shoulder level) you must use your taijutsu and the kosshi of the…

Shiken no Ken


The 四賢の劒 shiken no ken (four virtues of Ken) are the 4 basic rules that I found so far in my research and training with the Chinese Ken. After giving two seminars on the Chinese Ken I have made a 私見 shiken (personal opinion), about the way to train and to enrich our budô practice with the…

How To Get It?


Since sensei had been giving a training theme per year, I did my best since that time to do my “homework” before going to Japan for my first trip of the year. This year of the snake is not different. This is why I write a lot about the Chinese Ken. I write mainly to…

Ken: Sayû Changing hands


左右 sayû means left/right (this is the Chinese for hidari/migi in Japanese) When it comes to changing hand with the ken (from right hand to left hand) one is facing a difficulty as the Chinese blade is heavier than the Japanese regular Katana. It also has a different balance, the weight being more in the…

Kenwonigiru: Holding The Ken


The Ken has no Tsuba perpendicular to the blade. On the contrary the guard is in line with it. Therefore your forefinger often slips on top of the guard and getting close to the blade. In a recent class Sensei explained that the use of the fingers were of utmost importance in order to direct…

Ken is Mû Kamae


Hatsumi sensei is developing the Ken techniques saying there are no fixed kamae for the Ken. It was the same when we began the study of Tachi waza. But we always start from a situational body posture. When you attend classes these days you can observe some kind of kamae or better said, body attitudes…