Is Sensei A Black Hole?


I was reading an article about the discovery of a new black hole that wasn’t respecting conventional physics. And I found some similarities with Sensei’s Budō. Like a star, Hatsumi Sensei has accumulated a lot of mass/knowledge over the years. That is why his Taijutsu is far beyond our understanding. What is a black hole?…

Think With Your Feet!


In the Bujinkan, everything comes down to the quality of your footwork. As Hatsumi Sensei puts it, “move with your feet, the hands will follow.” Since we are babies, our hands are the first tool we use to discover the world, not the legs. As a consequence, our feet are under-trained, but Bujinkan training modifies…

Waza Are For Kids!


Today many practitioners are more interested in collecting Waza than understanding their purpose. Not so many try to find out the aim of a Waza. Maybe they get Sensei wrong. “Play!” doesn’t mean to remain all your life at kid level. You have to grow up! And the first step is to understand what a…

Tabi Tabi


Training is not limited to dōjō hours, homework is necessary. Once you have repeated many times the same moves, your Taijutsu gets better. To train your Kihon or your Waza has a name in Japanese: it is Tabi Tabi. (1) Did you notice that drawings of Japanese fighters show them with the body bent forward?…

It Is Your Fault!


It is your fault if you cannot do the movements correctly. I found a quote by Sensei saying, “Humans have yet to dwell upon the consequences of their actions. Most people spend their time finding fault in the action of others rather than their own.” This is Sekininkan, the sense of responsibility. (1) On the…

Yokusei Jutsu: The Art Of Controlling


My friend Philip Pihl wrote from Japan yesterday after class. Hatsumi Sensei expressed his mastery of Mutō Dori using the body, the sword, and the knife. Mutō Dori is still the major training point to learn and understand how to express it with our Taijutsu. We entered the realm of Mutō Dori two years ago in…

Do You Have A Backpack?


When you go out for a trek in the mountains, you carry a backpack. Everything you might need during the long hours of walking is inside. When you pack it, you select the content and organize it. You know precisely where every object is: socks, clothes, sleeping bag, map, compass, knife, rope, gloves, rain jacket,…

Bujinkan Will Not Survive


Bujinkan will not survive, and it doesn’t matter. And here is why. A few months ago, in Japan, I had the opportunity to speak with Hatsumi Sensei about the future of the Bujinkan. He said that he created the Bujinkan as a shell to gather everyone. To give us a chance to understand the powerful…

Why Do You Train?


Speaking with a friend today, I asked myself, why do people train? In the nineties, it was easy, the ninja boom made the dōjō growing fast. During this golden age, it was not rare to have 60 or 70 students per class. Today when we have 20 students attending, it is good. In the 90s’,…