Timeline


The Japanese developed their fighting systems out of necessity. They were not the more gifted, nor the best. But they did it for a longer time than us. When you try to understand the development of Japanese Budō it is important to keep in mind the time-line of Japanese history. In the West we do…

The Truth About Toda Sensei


Traditionally in Japan, the young bushi were not taught the fighting techniques by their father but by one of their uncles. The reason for that is that an uncle was less likely to listen to the screaming of the kid. Learning Budô is painful and as Sensei said once: “if you don’t like pain, then…

Caught In Invisible Brambles


How many times did you, as a kid, ruin your clothes in a blackberry bush while picking the fruits? I guess many times. The type of movement we are expressing today in Shingin Budô* ressembles this blackberry bush, except that we are the bush and uke is the fruit picker. The 6th element completing the五行,…

Chûshin And Chōwa


Recently Senō sensei said to my friend Moti that he might come back to teaching. This is a very good news for all of us as his taijutsu completes perfectly the classes of the other Japanese Shihan. The depth and precision of his movements are always impressive. I remember him teaching once the concepts of…

Daikokujin


While cleaning my papers I found a notebook relating my japan trip of April 2007. A lot of time has passed and my students of 2007 are all 15th dan now and live their own lives. During the year 2006 we had been studying the Shinden fudô ryû, and even though we were now studying…