Listen To Your Nuts!


Dear follower of the Kumablog, I take this opportunity to wish you all, all the best for the Holiday season. Whether you are a believer or not, this moment of the year is unique for a majority of humans. In Japan, it is a big thing, even though they are not following the same religious…

No More!


No more strength, no more technique, only control! That is how I can summarize the many classes I had the chance to do here at the Honbu. I began to study this “control” in March, then again in July, and then now, I know what Sensei is doing. At the same time, I cannot do…

Inochi: Life Force


Today is my last class for this trip. And I will train with Shiva at Nagato sensei’s training. It is time to summarize the central aspects of the training I did in the last two weeks. The key element this year is “control in the Mutō Dori.” This control requires no strength, no force at…

Kūki Yomu: Can You Read The Air?


This is my third trip to Japan this year, and Sensei is still developing the concept of control through Mutō dori. The type of control he is able to apply to his opponents is not mechanical, but mental. And when there is physical contact, it is only with the twist of a few fingers. Often…

“Tehodoki” Is Not “Te Hodoki”!


Friday class was full of discoveries, the Dōjō too. More than 190 Bujinkan members gathered to train under Sōke. Needless to say that training was not easy, space was missing. But the content was complex. Sensei spoke a lot and demonstrated many things. I will write about them in later articles. The most exciting point…