Hidden In Plain Sight


I keep writing about the importance of coming to Japan to train. Each time, there is something new to learn, and to bring back home. Often this “something” is hidden in plain sight, in the middle of a regular class. That was the case yesterday night during Noguchi sensei’s class.  We were covering the first…

Tōtoku Hyōshi, Protect Your Self


To say that yesterday night, the Honbu was packed would be an understatement. There were so many people that my camera couldn’t focus properly. And there are still new people pouring in every day. Next Friday, I guess that some might have to train outside! Sven, who arrived the day before, opened the class with…

Yoko Or Jûji Aruki?


Koto Ryû is Yoko Aruki, in the same way Gyokko ryû is Jûji Aruki. (1) Each fighting system of the Bujinkan has its particular details. In these two systems, because of the initial distance, the way to cross your legs while fighting, is logical. But this logic has to be enforced in your habits. And,…

Shinobi Is Kokoro


The class with Senō sensei was as impressive and precise as always. With micro details such as rotating the bones of the forearm, and folding the wrist slightly during the uke nagashi, we are able to take Uke’s balance before he could feel it. I could write about it, but it will never describe the…

Heijōshin vs Heijōshin And Other Considerations


Every time I’m here, I have the feeling that Sensei’s Budō is getting more subtle. The theme this year is multiple (like it is always the case) and revolves around Mutō Dori, the Katana, and the concept of zero.  Hatsumi sensei precised that “zero is not nothing, it is a point”. It’s not empty. I…