Flow Around Like Sensei Does


“Mutō Dori is about controlling, not fighting!” said sensei, once again, at the beginning of the class. But what does he mean? Here some beginning of an explanation. Watching and listening carefully, I understood the following: Sensei uses his finger(s) as a contact point(s) with the attacker. The contact(s) act as a Shiten, fulcrum. (1)…

Did Sensei Give The Theme For 2018?


Is Mutō Dori the first step to knighthood? Is it possible to become a knight in the modern times (Jidai), or was it only possible in the past (Jidai)? (1) Here is an occidental Knight’s oath that reminded me of the Mutō Dori theme: Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Stand brave…

Nagato Sensei: Henka Your Basics!


Nagato sensei was in a good mood today. And even if we finished the class fifteen minutes earlier than usual -he had an appointment- his class was dynamic and full of insights. “When you make natural Henka on basics, it turns into an art form,” said Nagato sensei on the first set of movements he…

Noguchi Sensei: Happiness, Basics And Creativity


Buddha said that “thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” This sentence is resuming my feeling entirely during Noguchi sensei’s class, on Sunday morning. Anyone who trained in Japan knows how “foggy” you feel during this…

Wu Wei: Action Without Action


There was a time when you came to the Honbu dōjō for techniques. Then there was a time where you came for some profound philosophical concepts. The time now is about the rest: non-action. Wu Wei. (1) Today Hatsumi sensei added a “click” in his no-action movement. “Mutō Dori is Zero” was his introduction to…

Simplicity Is Complex


Someone said “What comes easy, won’t last, what lasts, won’t come easy”, this is a correct definition of the class we had today with Senō sensei. For the whole class, we did only two techniques using his deep understanding of body mechanics. Joseph, a French Nidan, and I were lost in the first tries. Senō sensei…

Control, Don’t Fight!


“Mutō Dori is not about fighting; it is about controlling.” That’s how Hatsumi sensei summarised the feeling he showed yesterday during training…