Omnia Causa Flunt


Omnia causa flunt, “Everything happens for a reason.” I like this Latin expression. This is precisely the same in Budō. We don’t do movements to look good, but to stay alive. If being elegant was the goal, we would be dead. At war, the only goal is to stay alive, to carry out the mission….

Put The Bar High, But Not Too High


When you want to improve your skills, you have to define your objectives. How you choose them will make you successful or not. Success is not only about reaching your goal, but it is also how you passed the obstacles on your way to getting to it. Saint Exupery wrote, “what matters is not to…

Make Mistakes By Doing New things


This week should have been Senō sensei’s birthday. And thinking about his classes at the honbu, it reminded me of the soft precision he used in his teachings. He was also the only Dai Shihan asking to be hit, to show the perfect timing. His Taijutsu was impressive, and he was never afraid of making…

Value What You Have


  The Bujinkan created by Sōke is like a treasure, but few practitioners understand what it is, or how much it is worth. There is a Japanese saying for people not valuing what they have. It is “Neko ni koban,” as our “casting pearls before swine.” (1) The Bujinkan is a treasure because of its…

Are You A Mindless Cyborg?


Body and mind are one. If you only develop the body and let the soul out, your taijutsu will be artificial. It will look good but miss the flavour. And it will never be alive and natural. All martial arts in Japan, follow a three-step pattern called Shingitai. (1) Created by Sumo, the Shingitai is…

Are You A Failure?


Are you used to fail? I hope for you. This is good and the best way to improve your skills. When you learned to ride a bike, it was not easy, but you got it. It was the same when you learned how to swim. I am sure that today when you ride a bike…