Thank You For The Gift!


The Daikomyō Said is always a magic moment in the life of the Bujinkan. This year was no exception. The format has evolved over the years. Training halls have changed many times until there were no halls and no training sessions. The formal dinners at the Hilton or the Noda Park hotel, replaced the open…

The Depth of Quality


When put in jail in Japan after the war, the famous German Zen philosopher, Karl Durkheim, had time to meditate. One day in this cell, his hand on the table, he understood that “the depth of a quality, is related to the quality of the depth.” This sentence is what came to my mind today…

On Asobi, by Magnus Andersson


Another interesting comment on Asobi by Magnus Andersson. Thank you for your comments. For what it’s worth here are my thoughts on asobi. Feel free to use it or dismiss it. The concept of asobi which Hatsumi sensei use from time to time can easily be dismissed as children’s play or play with the technique in…

On Enthalpy by H. Weill


Dear Arnaud sensei, Thank you for sharing your thought with us. The idea of enthalpy is interesting, as a chemist myself I appreciate your vision. I would like to suggest also my opinion. Hatsumi Sensei speaks firstly on the idea of high sensitivity that is mentioned in the words “all of the Uke’s actions are…

Tama, The Sphere Of Zero


Gyokko Ryû is an excellent school, profoundly related to the new theme for 2017 of “controlling the space”. Let me explain. In Sensei’s last class, he spoke about Tama, the Sphere. Tama is also read Gyoku, and Gyoku is the “pearl” find in the name Gyokko. (1) We read on the Internet that Gyokko is…

Zero Style Budō


The last class with Hatsumi Sensei was so intense that I dreamt of it all night long. In my dreams, what he showed and taught made more sense, I will do my best to explain now what I got out of it. To control the space with mutō dori, you have to be zero. To…