Sōzōryoku: Creativity And Imagination


Noguchi sensei’s creative power is impressive! It is called “Sōzōryoku” in Japanese. Now, depending on how you write it, is (the power of) creativity (1); or (the power of) imagination. (2) After training with him for more than 28 years, I am often surprised by his way of destructuring the Waza. This is still beyond…

Sakizuke: The Ranks You Don’t Deserve!


This morning, I was exchanging with my friend Leandro Barros from Brazil. We were discussing ranking in the Bujinkan. He had read an article on Sakizuke by Duncan and was wondering when he should grade his students. (1) This article is a reminder about the benefits aspects of the Sakizuke system. (2) In modern Japanese,…