Was Odysseus in Dubai?


After two weeks in Tōkyō, I am now giving a few classes here in Dubai. The group of Bujinkan UAE, led by Anjaan is doing well, and new faces have appeared on the mats. The beauty of this training group is that it changes a lot as people come to work in Dubai for a…

Good Or Bad, Keep Laughing!


Only 40 participants yesterday night at Sōke’s class. We had so much space to train that the Dōjō felt empty. It was my last class for this trip, and Sensei taught control with taijutsu, hanbō, knife, sword, and bō. He insisted again on the importance of control being the theme for this year practice. Controlling…

Move Right Instead Of Left


Nagato sensei always surprises me by moving his legs reverse to what I am used to doing with Noguchi sensei.   Each time I repeat his movements I have to think hard not to move wrong.   I was training with Martin from France (Naka Ima Dōjō, Lyon), he was Nagato’s “meatbag” of the day….

Rekishi: History


As far as I remember, Sunday classes at the Honbu are special. When at the old Honbu, Hatsumi Sensei always invited a few of us to lunch with him. We moved to the new Honbu in February 2015, and this tradition stopped. Sensei is now more talkative.   I used the word “tradition” voluntarily here….

Muishiki: Unconsciousness


These days Hatsumi Sensei arrives late and leaves late. It is not rare these days to finish three hours after the beginning. And Sensei explains a lot in class and during the breaks. Sunday was no different. And Sensei is full of projects. He is getting a hundred Ninjatō swords to make an exposition. He…

I Quit The Bujinkan!


After trying my best for many years, I have come to the conclusion that I have to quit training. At least, this is the feeling that everyone must have had today during Senō sensei’s class. Today only fourteen came to the Honbu to train. I found it strange. Friday night, more than seventy participants attended…

One Finger Is Enough!


Hatsumi sensei controls distance with only one finger. When you attack him, he moves away enough to place one finger on your attacking arm. He adjusts it on the hand, wrist, or forearm, and applies no pressure. Instead, there is only soft physical contact. Sensei said that Josei Goshin Jutsu (1), to fight like a…

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,…

Hi No Ken


Each class with Sensei brings more depth to the understanding of “control.” We trained taijutsu, knife, hanbō, sword, bō, and yari yesterday. I can summarize it in one set of words: “Hi no Ken.” (1) The control is the same whatever weapon you use, “Hi no Ken” applies to everything. As I opened the training…