Steve Olsen in his beautiful book “Masaaki Hatsumi Dojo Art” dedicated to Sensei’s calligraphies explains that:
“Sensei teaches at a level beyond technique. “Feeling” Sensei often reminds us, is what is most important. And how can a feeling be taught? Art. It’s up to us to learn technique and transcend so we can apply his art in our lives. That, in my opinion, is the proper purpose of our training. ”
Nagato sensei in a recent class said that learning this art follows (or requires) a three-step process.
We first learn “consciously” the technique. Then with time, we do it “unconsciously”. Until one day we do things “miraculously”. This miracle is the essence of Sensei’s art and it is only about feeling. This is the transcending of the forms that Steve explains in his book. Without the ability to transcend the forms, the Bujinkan is not better than any other martial art.
Many practitioners get lost in the sterile learning of forms and never get past the unconsciously level. Learning the basics allows one to move from level 1 to level 2, but level 3 is only achieved by those who let their feelings guide their movements. Shingin Budō is this guide and the Kehai wo yomenai (see previous post) is the best way to reach natural movement.
術: jutsu, is art.
感覚: kankaku, is feeling.
神機: shinki, is miraculous.
Therefore, bujutsu (fighting technique) is 術 jutsu (art) guided by 感覚 kankaku (feeling) is 神機術 shinki jutsu, a miraculous art.
So learn your basics thoroughly and train hard until your feelings allow you to enter the world of art.
As an add-on to this year’s theme, Sensei show recently about acting in such a way that the opponent is not able to perceive you, or 気配を読めない, “kehai wo yomenai”.
When you look at the kanji you get:
Kehai けはい indication, sign, hint, presence,
Yomenai 読め ない to read.
Don’t let yourself be felt
Budō Taijutsu is not sport and even if facing a fighting situation, it is important that Uke dismay feel your intentions. This is why or reactions are created as a reaction to Uke’s moves. There should be no preconceived movement. Only a natural adaptation to a given situation.
For thirty years I’ve head sensei say that we have “to be zero”. This “zero state” can be achieved only if you do not plan your movements. If you don’t know what you are going to do next, how do you want Uke to read it? To be zero is the most difficult thing to do and comes naturally after many years of training. Being zero can only come from mastering your basics as they get ingrained in your movements to become natural. Don’t think, train your basics deeply, and maybe one day you will be zero.
Art of killing without uke feeling your presence
Kehai wo yomenai is the extension of Shingin Budō where our moves are guided by the divine. We can get rid of the threats by letting or actions be guided by something (someone?) way above our limited perception of reality. Becoming only a tool we have their no presence and Uke is controlled by kûkan.
The Yûro Shi Tennô Taikai of Paris is beginning in a few weeks. As for the last 10 years, Pedro, Peter, Sven, and Arnaud will share their understanding of the theme of the year decided by our Sôke in Japan: “Shingin Budô”.
This year we will have 4 training halls instead of 3 as our dôjô has been totally renewed. The system is the same with 4 groups of practitioners divided by ranks in order to meet each level of understanding.
As always, lunches (regular or veggie), t-shirts, and certificates are included in the price. You can sleep for FREE at the dôjô (precise it in the FORM) and do not forget your sleeping bag.
If you register before June 10th you get an immediate discount of 20%. It will then go down to 10%. So if you are planning to join us please don’t wait to register. The prebooking is 68€, the remaining is to be paid on arrival.
Once registered please fill in the FORM in order to help us make a beautiful event for all of you.
We are expecting around 120 practitioners from all over Europe, we are happy to welcome you in Paris for our National Day of July 14th!