Do you Know Uchi Gake?


In the official Tenchijin, in the Chi Ryaku no Maki, in the Nage Kata you find a throw that very few people understand. It is Uchi Gake. (1) It is listed as follow: “Uchi Mata / uchi gake (kuden) (内股内掛 口伝).” The explanation of the Tenchijin is cryptic. It says “Additionally, after hane age, you…

Mitei: Undecided


Since last January, Hatsumi Sensei repeats that our actions are “undecided.” In Japanese, the term is “Mitei.” It can be translated by “untruly” or “uncertainly. (1) In a fight, you will either lose or win, but you will know the outcome only at the end. You cannot decide it. As westerners, we are programmed by…

Organized Chaos


The first class with Sensei in Japan is always particular. Whatever my expectations are, this is still something different that I find. In that respect, this first class with him was no different. Similar in appearance, they are not. Sensei’s classes are like fireworks, it is beautiful, powerful and always different. Because Sensei’s Budō is…

Happiness Leads To Success!


I landed in Japan, and while getting out of the airport, I felt happy. It reminded me of sensei’s constant advice: “be happy!” Over the years, I often wondered how to reach happiness. In fact, until a discussion I had with Sensei in 2008, I never considered being happy as part of my life. Digging…

Aging Is Not Bad!


Humans are strange. They behave as if they are immortal. Bad news, we are not and muscle mass tends to disappear gradually from age 40 onward.   “Fighting Muscle Mass Loss. Starting at age 40, adults lose on average 8% of muscle mass each decade. And the rate of loss increases to 15% per decade…

Waza Or Kankaku?


Next weekend I have a sword seminar on Kukishin Biken Jutsu, and Togakure Happō Biken in Lugo (Spain). For the first time ever, I will teach them together, to see the differences and the similarities. If you join us, you will discover the value of our Bujinkan heritage. Since the sword seminar in Finland, I have put…

IMHO: Bujinkan Biken Jutsu


In my humble opinion, the Bujinkan Biken Jutsu is not taught enough in our classes. Japanese kanji are cool. Do you know that “biken” meaning “a hidden secret” (1), but another “biken,” means “in my humble opinion.” (2) It is a sign. As you know, I’m a sword freak. I recently gave a seminar outdoor…

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….