Sunday Is Always A Special Day


Sunday is always a special training day in the Bujinkan. The first class in the morning was given by Noguchi Dai Shihan on the kukishin chûden level. As to be expected the dôjô was already packed. What was interesting is that Noguchi sensei used the “other name” of the techniques. In Japanese each technique has…

Move Like a Cloud of Dust


Sensei’s class on Friday was slightly above my level of understanding. I opened the class with a defense against tsuki using several mini steps and changing hands and directions, and sensei developed it to teach the essence of it. To make myself clear, I couldn’t do the movement I demonstrated after he “cleaned” it. In…

Wrong Always


For my 55th trip to Japan, I hoped that everything would go fine without any problem. Wrong again! I booked my hotel online. Nothing new. And the hotel I wanted to go was the Mitsui garden, but last July they were doing some heavy refurbishing. So when I checked online I was happy to see…

Spirit of movement 2


The “Spirit of movement” is a mix of live experiences with sensei, my personal path in budô, and general thoughts on the martial arts. It is easy to read and will please both the beginner and the advanced practitioner. Below is an excerpt of this book: “When you see the shihan move naturally and always…

The Spirit of Movement


My first eBook is now available at amazon. Written in French in 2009, it is now available in English. Completely rewritten, this revised edition details my life in the martial arts from 1969 to 2014. Obviously the biggest part of the book is dedicated to the Bujinkan and the 25 years of exchanges with Hatsumi…

Fight To The Bone, Not To The Flesh


In my dôjô we me have a new member watching every class, it is a human size skeleton*. I decided to add this as part of our understanding of body movement. Each class is the occasion to show the students how a technique should be done. When they see the bone alignment, the joint logic,…

Fight To The Bone, Not To The Flesh


In my dôjô we me have a new member watching every class, it is a human size skeleton*. I decided to add this as part of our understanding of body movement. Each class is the occasion to show the students how a technique should be done. When they see the bone alignment, the joint logic,…

Simplicity: The Omote Of Shizen


In French we have a saying that goes “pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliquer”, which translates as “why making it simple when it can be done much more complex”. It is often used when we are facing situations where things are done in a useless complex way. I often think about this when…

Are You 2wd or 4wd?


During my last class I discovered that one of the most difficult thing to teach is to be so relaxed when fighting that you can move any one of your arms or legs independently. We were doing some “battlefield” situation applying Okyô.   Both opponents where attacking in Yoroi with a Tachi in Katate. Blocking and…

Basic vs Cosmic


Basics are the foundation of your taijutsu and without them you will never develop what sensei calls the  “natural movement”. One of my friend and student, recently attended a few seminars in another country. He was amazed by two things. First the majority of the teachers were developing beautiful movements with no power and no…