Kantan Desu


This has been a tremendous trip this time again and I have enough to study and train for the next four months before I come back.Today was my last class with Sôke and because of that I was asked to open the ball, in fact the first five dances were for me. It is pointless…

“42 “: The End Of The Cycle


“The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind” said French writer and Nobel prize laureate Albert Camus. To change your mind and recognize that you might be wrong is what the Bujinkan is teaching us. Being right or wrong, strong or weak is irrelevant, it is “vulgar ” and a low…

Koto vs. Gyokko part 2


After the post on “Koto vs. Gyokko”, I received a few comments by Bujinkan members not agreeing totally with what I wrote. The main questions being:1) the relative distance of the school’s (short and long); and 2) the “new” Kokû (inside / outside). So as I had an appointment with Sôke before the class I decided…

The Bujinkan paradigm


Stephen Hawking said that “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”  Well, Wednesday night during Noguchi sensei’s class I faced the illusion of my knowledge. Everything began nicely when he said Gyokko Ryû. Then hell broke loose as he recreated the techniques totally. His big smile when he…

Ayase: Mysterious Opportunities


During the last class in Ayase at the Budôkan, sensei never repeated twice the same movement. Instead he was surfing from one opportunity to another. Written differently Ayase can be 怪瀬, “mysterious opportunity”, and indeed his movements were definitely mysterious and he was adapting his actions to any opportunity offered by the opponent. That was…