Ganseki Nag(ato)


Since he was promoted to Dai Shihan last year,  Nagato sensei has been teaching directly from the densho. His powerful taijutsu re-encountered the basic forms of the ryûha and helped us deepen our taijutsu. This summer apparently, he is going back to his regular way of teaching and I must say that it is a…

Shuhari And Noguchi


After the heat of the day, the evening class with Noguchi sensei was refreshing. His enthusiasm and creativity are always incredible, and each Noguchi sensei’s classes is like a discovery for me. Last night doing these Kotō ryû techniques with Noguchi sensei for, maybe, the twentieth time, it was like doing them for the first…

Kamu, Kamu, Kamu…


The last class with Sensei completed the philosophical aspects he began to develop on Sunday. I opened the class with some taijutsu that he put to another level, insisting on the Mutō dori aspect of everything we do this year. Even though the theme is “Gokōgoshin” (1), the essence of what we do has an…

Karada, Yari, Ninjatō


Sunday class was really interesting and Sensei was in a very good mood. We were only 40 students and we had a few breaks due to the heat outside. This class was one of the best since a long time. Very technical, very high level and very deep in terms of philosophy. In this post…

Sanada Yukimura


Last Friday I arrived quite early at the honbu. Yabunaka San and Kamioka San were there already. They gave me a nice wooden keychain representing Sanada Yukimura, a legendary Samurai of the Sengoku period. Yukimura was revered by the Samurai and considered to be the best amongst them. (the pictures hereunder detail the 4 sides of…

Awaseru


Nobel Prize writer Toni Morrison said: “Not knowing it was hard; knowing it was harder.” (1) I felt this “hardship” during Senō Sensei’s class last Saturday. The class regrouped only seven people, so it was nearly like a private lesson. Senō Sensei decided to do some basic Bō movement with the feeling of the Gyokko…

Tsunagari Through Hanpa


I opened the session with two taijutsu techniques trying to put into life the Ishitobashi 石飛ばし concept I had trained since my last trip in May. (1) After doing a few variations, sensei applied the same concept to sword techniques. As always I am in awe when he takes whatever is demonstrated and bring it…

Karada Gaeshi


The first class with Sensei felt like the continuation of my last trip two months ago. As it is now common, when there are not so many participants, we do a lot of weapon techniques during the class (yari and sword). The main point is to use Karada gaeshi 体返し. The body is deflecting the…