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…

Dai Shihan Only!


I teach Dai Shihan Only!This is how Hatsumi Sensei opened the class today. Classes are still opened to anyone. But what he teaches now is for those who, supposedly, understand the Bujinkan martial arts. I write “supposedly” on purpose. With over 800 Dai Shihanacross the planet, I doubt all have the vast knowledge to teach…

Kankaku: Trust Your Intuition


Sensei introduced the class with a three-legged crow (stuffed). He told us that Yatagarasu (the crow) guided Emperor Jimmu in the Japanese invasion. (1) Yatagarasu represents the will of heaven, it emanates from the sun goddess, Amateratsu. He added that Yatagarasu is often described also as a Karasu Tengu. (2) It is Ninjutsu related. This…

They Read My First E-book?


Published in 2014, it was well accepted in the Bujinkan community. Here what some readers thought about it: If you want to have an insight of the path of one of best student of Soke: Kuma クマ, don’t hesitate, go for it ! it is a kind of privilege as well as a real pleasure…

Listen To Your Nuts!


Dear follower of the Kumablog, I take this opportunity to wish you all, all the best for the Holiday season. Whether you are a believer or not, this moment of the year is unique for a majority of humans. In Japan, it is a big thing, even though they are not following the same religious…

No More!


No more strength, no more technique, only control! That is how I can summarize the many classes I had the chance to do here at the Honbu. I began to study this “control” in March, then again in July, and then now, I know what Sensei is doing. At the same time, I cannot do…

Inochi: Life Force


Today is my last class for this trip. And I will train with Shiva at Nagato sensei’s training. It is time to summarize the central aspects of the training I did in the last two weeks. The key element this year is “control in the Mutō Dori.” This control requires no strength, no force at…

Kūki Yomu: Can You Read The Air?


This is my third trip to Japan this year, and Sensei is still developing the concept of control through Mutō dori. The type of control he is able to apply to his opponents is not mechanical, but mental. And when there is physical contact, it is only with the twist of a few fingers. Often…

“Tehodoki” Is Not “Te Hodoki”!


Friday class was full of discoveries, the Dōjō too. More than 190 Bujinkan members gathered to train under Sōke. Needless to say that training was not easy, space was missing. But the content was complex. Sensei spoke a lot and demonstrated many things. I will write about them in later articles. The most exciting point…