On Asobi, by Magnus Andersson


Another interesting comment on Asobi by Magnus Andersson. Thank you for your comments. For what it’s worth here are my thoughts on asobi. Feel free to use it or dismiss it. The concept of asobi which Hatsumi sensei use from time to time can easily be dismissed as children’s play or play with the technique in…

On Enthalpy by H. Weill


Dear Arnaud sensei, Thank you for sharing your thought with us. The idea of enthalpy is interesting, as a chemist myself I appreciate your vision. I would like to suggest also my opinion. Hatsumi Sensei speaks firstly on the idea of high sensitivity that is mentioned in the words “all of the Uke’s actions are…

Not Wanting, In Order To Get It!


Being a student of the Bujinkan Martial Arts system is not easy and requires a lot of commitment. You have to keep the connection with everything, learn, memorize, and always be eager to improve your skills. This is a long path but it is worth it. The life of a Bujinkan practitioner can be seen…

Genkaku no Sekai


In Japanese 幻覚 genkaku is illusion or hallucination. This is the “gen” from genjutsu. But when you try to understand what illusion really is, or why reality is considered an illusion, you need to get some advice from our elders. Plato has always been one of my favorite philosopher and today I stumbled upon this sentence that made me think…

得心 or 心得 (kokoroe 2)


 I do not speak Japanese but I love to “understand” the meaning of Japanese kanji. This is one of the many things I learnt from Sensei during all these years. Today, a friend sent me an interesting comment about “kokoroe” (cf. recent post). Kokoroe, “knowledge” is written 心得 shin/kokoro + u/toku. But when the two kanji of “kokoroe” are reversed: i.e. 得心,…

Kokoroe And Jihi no Kokoro


In Japanese  心得 knowledge is kokoroe. Interestingly it is made up of two kanji 心, “shin” which is kokoro (heart, mind) and 得, “u” that has the meaning of: to get; to acquire; to obtain; to earn; to win; to gain; to secure.  Therefore, acquiring kokoroe (knowledge) is seen by the Japanese as obtaining things through a better heart, a…

Thank You for the Magic, Sensei!


On the 28th of January 2014 we will be entering the year of horse of wood. This will be my third year of the horse in the Bujinkan like it has been the case on 27th of January 1990 and on the 12th of February 2002.  I see this third occurrence as some kind of…

Nagare Is Important to Nagare


The year 2014 began a few days ago and after wishing everyone a happy new year it is time to get back to the dôjô. As Sensei didn’t give us yet, the theme for the year of the horse of wood, I have decided to begin the year by digging a little more into the…

A fantastic day part 1


Sunday will stay in my memory as one of these days that makes life enjoyable. The sky was blue and the weather good, the air crispy. I attended the first class of the day with Noguchi who did his magic again, using the 3rd level of Shinden Fudô Ryû. As he has been doing it…