I Got A Bee +


When I studied for an MBA at CSUC back in 1981, my 11 pm routine was to watch SNL. (1) And I remember a sketch with John Belushi disguised as a bee, and grading a student with a “Bee +.” (2) Well, today at Honbu, I had my Bee+ moment. Today was my last class…

Ninku vs. Ninkū


During the break, I asked Sensei for calligraphy to use it as a logo for the Paris Taikai next July. He made up “Ninkū,” a pun with the word “Ninku,” but written with “Kū.” instead of “Ku.” If “Ninku” exists, and means “endurance.” (1) “Ninkū with a long “ū” doesn’t. It was made by Sensei,…

Are You An Eccentric?


Disclaimer: The class was so dense that this article might be a little too long. Sorry about that. A class with Sōke these days is a succession of many moments. Relying on the Dai Shihan to show the techniques, he gives his advice from his chair. He only shows when a move requires his expertise….

Mochikaeru, Nagato’s Spiderweb


I am not very fond of spiders, but I like Nagato sensei’s Taijutsu. Nagato sensei is the master of Mochikaeru, (1) Whatever you do, traps you as if in a giant spiderweb. Mochikaeru is his particular way to let you in his sphere of movement and to give back pain in exchange. Using his mastery…

Word And Object


With Noguchi sensei tonight we covered the second level of Kukishin Daken Taijutsu. Each Waza was enriched (twisted) to meet his own interpretation and the depth of his taijutsu. At some point during class, he positioned his right leg between Uke’s legs to do a basic Koshinage. While placing his leg, he said “kick,” but…

I Love The Noguchi Ryū!


Only 24 people joined Noguchi sensei’s class tonight, so we had a lot of space to train. I love the “Noguchi Ryū” because I find his interpretation of the Waza disturbing and brilliant. It always seems that we are studying another fighting system. (1) Tonight we covered a “twisted version” of the second level of…

What Is Your Reality?


The Dōjō was packed last night, and Sensei played a lot with the concepts of Kyojutsu and Kyojitsu. Receiving Tezuka San’s fist, Sensei was controlling him holding only one finger. Tezuka san explained that the control was not on the finger we were watching. Sensei was applying light pressure with his other hand on the…

Robin Hood Was Clueless


Robin Hood is famous for his archery skills, but when it comes to Bō Jutsu, he is clueless! Everyone remembers the scene in every Robin Hood movie. Where Robin fights Little John with a Bō, across a river. Well, did you notice that they are only hitting the staff and not the hands of the…

You Don’t Know The Sakki Test!


The Sakki test is an essential part of the Bujinkan training. But it is wrapped in so many layers of fantasy that it is time to write about what the test is. At the Madrid Taikai in 2001, Sensei let us give the Sakki test. It was the first time that someone would give the…

Keep Your Distance With Nagato!


Today Nagato sensei taught a new approach to Mutō Dori. Somehow his Taijutsu has evolved since I was there a few months ago. I shared this feeling with my friend Oliver Piskurek, who agreed. It amazes me that teachers like Nagato sensei can still improve their movements. Nagato sensei is still moving in the same…