Inton Jutsu: Don’t Give What They Expect


​ Yesterday was my last class with Hatsumi sensei for this trip.  After the class I had dinner with the CEO of Quest, and we spoke of sensei’s Budō. And that helped a lot because I must admit that I was a little lost after training.  Hatsumi senseil didn’t reveal any nice philosophical concept to support…

Sasae Nakusu: Get Rid Of The Support


​Hatsumi sensei said that we have to 支え亡くす, Sasae nakusu, to “get rid of support”, and that reminded me of what the Buddha said. (1) Sakyamuni Buddha said that religion is like a wall. We need it to support our growth, but when we know how to walk, we can leave the wall and walk in our…

Junban: Is Nagato Sensei Cartesian?


​ In 1637, the  famous French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes, published his “Discourse on the Method”. The full name of the book is “Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences”. (1) Nagato sensei in his Sunday class, sounded like Descartes, when he explained that 順番, Junban…

Is The End Near? 


​This article is for Bujinkan dōjō teacher. It is based on my experience.  Do you know that your Dōjō might be dying without you being aware of it?  I began teaching in 1987, and I was not good at it. I learned how to do it correctly,  the hard way. And I’m still learning to…

Beyond Sakki Test


​ The last two classes with Hatsumi sensei were intense. Not physically, but mentally.  As he was late, I was tasked by Senō sensei to begin the class. When Sensei arrived he spoke again of the importance of Sakki, continuing the speech he gave after the Sakki tests of Friday. This year is about Mutō…

You’re Ninja? Good! I’m Santa Claus. 


​The development of the Bujinkan (around half a million practitioners worldwide), has brought many good students, but also bad ones in our training halls. These individuals, not knowing history, believe in the ninja “super powers” as depicted in low­level American movies, Mangas, or comics. This is because of them, that our art has been badly…

Teach Them Correctly, Please


Only 8 students in class at Noguchi sensei’s class but still, he was brilliant! The small number of participants didn’t stop his endless energy. We covered the first level of Gyokko Ryû (again). In my sixty trips here in Japan, I must have seen these techniques at least thirty times. And this is always a pleasure, as his…

Hagaijime Etc…  


I entered the dōjō and only 16 participants were there it was a luxury. I’m so used to see the honbu packed that such a small number is like having a private lesson. For some reason (maybe the summer heat) only a small group decided to attend Noguchi sensei’s class.  As always with him the 90-minute…

Kihon Is The True Alpha And Omega


The word Kihon (1) is a major companion of your daily practice. It is a word that is used in every class. Each  time you do the Kihon Happō, you use it.  It is often translated as “basics”, but there is more to get it out it.   Japanese sounds can be an interesting way…