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…

Mutô Dori Hiden


In my previous entry I tried to establish that Mutô and Butô were identical. As always I got messages criticizing the article I put online to share with the bujinkan community. In his books, Hatsumi sensei is often playing with the various possible meanings of a given Japanese term. Even though I tried to state…

Tachi Leads To Ken


Studying the Bujinkan arts is like going back in time. In this respect the study of sword is typical. Historically, the Chinese Ken evolved into the Tachi, that evolved into the katana. In the Bujinkan we have always studied the sword but some years were specifically dedicated to it. In 1996 we studied the kukishin…

Gyokko Ryû No Kamae


After my previous article I have been asked to show the various kamae for the three levels of the Gyokko ryû kosshi jutsu. All kamae start from hira no kamae (the wider shizen no kamae of the Gyokko ryû) which is using a “mudra like” hand posture. No magic here only waza. Sorry. From these…

Seiza or Seiza?


Whenever we are waiting or listening we naturally put ourselves in seiza no kamae. Over the years, this kamae has been assimilated and we do it without thinking. This is the objective we should have for every movement we learn in the dôjô; i.e. being able to do everything without thinking. By forgetting the self…

Ayase Tonight


I am just coming back from the Ayase class (exceptionally on Friday). The first class with sensei after four months of  diet is always a good experience. Before the class I gave him his “official” Yûro Shi Tennô t-shirt made specially for him and he wore it right away. This is our little “post Paris Taikai…

Walking Good


One of my friends who has been living in Japan for many years told me once that sensei was not teaching taijutsu but mejutsu (eye technique). By training we learn to watch things differently, to think outside of the box. For the last ten years I have traveled the world quite a lot from snow…

Tachi Tips & Tricks (8)


When you get attuned to the tachi, you discover that it is using the specificities of all the other weapons. The tachi is a hanbô, a jo, a bô, a yari, a naginata … and sometimes a sword… You lock the opponent like you would do with the hanbô, You control the distances like you…

Sticks Up Today!


In a few minutes we will begin our seminar in Bangalore on kukishinden ryû bô jutsu. The kukishin bô is amazing and always a pleasure to rediscover: the kotsu, the kamae, the bô no uchi, the gogyô no bô, the three levels of shoden, chûden, okuden and the devastating keiko sabaki gata. Bô jutsu is…