Last Stand: Wave, Breathing, Connection


I’m packed and ready to share my “misunderstandings” in Paris next weekend for the traditional “dkms seminar” of December. Traveling to Japan is like going back to school. The more you study, the more subtle details you learn.  This trip was no different and I now have four months to make sense of everything I…

Secret Lessons From Yoroi Sensei


On Sunday,  after class,  we went with Sōke to Yoshikawa to see some antiques. In the entrance there was a nice Yoroi (1)  and it gave me the idea to write about the lessons we can receive from Yoroi training. Since December 2002, when we were introduced to Yoroi fighting,  I have had a few…

Kisei: The Devil’s Power Of Details


Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Heraclitus Senō sensei showed a very interesting way to hit the attacker and get his balance. As he explained in Saturday, there are many steps hidden within the spaces of a 1, 2, 3 technique. This hit is one…

What Answer For 2016?


In this article I want to share some of my thoughts on my understanding of Sōke’s vision. It will seem quite esoteric to most of you. Please forgive me. On Sunday, at the end of the class, Sensei gave a little speech.  Amongst many subjects, he announced the theme for 2016. Without surprise the theme…

Half A Million Views!


Thank you for your endless support! Today we passed the symbolic milestone of 500 000 views on your blog. Since the beginning of the blog, you were 114 000 visitors in total reading the 333 articles I published. When I created it, this blog was intended to be my personal notebook, where I would write…

10th Dan To 13th Dan In A Minute!


It takes more than just a good body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. Epictetus Today Sensei was late for the class, so I was tasked to begin without him. It’s not the first time it is happening to me, but I must admit that I’m always proud of…

Fuyû, Asobi: Suspension and Baseball


What I love about the classes with Senô sensei, is that I always learn new ways of doing what we do. Like all the students who’ve been here for 25 years, I’m quite aware of the forms. What I still need to learn is hiding in the details. Life is about learning, and his classes…

Ninpô Taijutsu Gen


Jack began sensei’s class with a mix of Katame Dori, ending in a sort of Omote Gyaku / Ganseki Oshi. Sensei used it to develop the concept of Kyomu, nothingness, which is at the core of Ninpô Taijutsu. (1) This Ninpô Taijutsu Gen (2) is a holistic fighting. The physical is reinforced by the spiritual….

Gyokko Ryû vs Noguchi Ryû


Noguchi sensei is good with many ryû, but his understanding of the Gyokko ryû is the best. If I’m not mistaking, I think that his whole taijutsu is largely influenced by the depth of the Gyokko ryû. During his last class, we covered (again) the first level of the Gyokko ryû: Kokû, Renyō, Gyaku Nagare,…

Kansoku To Kankaku


The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object’s interaction with the observer.” ― Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics Even though I’m not a scientist, I see more and more connections between our Budō and the world…