Nuclear Info


As for many of you I have been watching extensively the frenzy around the nuclear problem in Japan. Journalists are speaking without knowing and they are “honestly” transforming the news (I think it is hopeless) to get more viewers. At the same time our politicians see here a good way to cash easy votes. Do…

Earthquake in Japan


  Dear friends, I hope that Hatsumi sensei, the Japanese Shihan, and all our friends training and/or living in Japan are in good health after this major earthquake (8.9 on the richter scale). Stay tune with facebook as many of our friends in Japan communicate  through this network. Arnaud

Num3ro1ogy


(version Française) The last post on “3=5” generated a lot of comments towards the possible misinterpretation of numerology. Two friends added their comments, Jan from Belgium on this blog and Jean, one of my students committed a nice text on his dôjô blog (in French). Their general idea is that: “you can say anything with…

Flexibility?


Too many bujinkan practitioners are not flexible enough and they should spend some time outside the dôjô to improve their body. The dôjô is where you learn the waza, everything else is your responsability and should be done on your free time. Bujinkan instructors are not body fitness teachers. At 50, I still smoke*, I…

Yûro Shi Tennô by sensei


Here is the picture of the 4 calligraphies by sôke when he decided to change the name into Yûro Shi Tennô Taikai. Each one bears the new name and the name of the beholder. Here from left to right: Arnaud, Pedro, Sven, Peter. Painted by Hatsumi sensei in August 2009. I was surprised when he called…

Tachi or tachi?


 Tachi has various meanings depending on the writing: 太刀 たちtachi (n) – long sword 立ち たちtachi (n) – stand 舘 たちtachi (loc) – Tachi 裁ち たちtachi (n) – cut – cutting 質 たちtachi (n) – nature (of person) – quality 達 たちtachi (n-suf) – plural suffix 館 たちtachi (loc) – Tachi 館 たちtachi (1) (n) – mansion – small castle Think about it when listening to sensei… (www.kanjidict.stc.cx)

Honbu dôjô experience


Today Noguchi sensei did the first morning class and he taught us parts of the koto ryû. Then it was the regular class with sôke but as he had some obligations, I was honoured by Noguchi sensei to begin the teaching. This is not the first time it happens to me on Sundays but I always find…

Hello world!


Welcome to our new weblog. All year long, I travel the world, train in Japan and teach in Paris. I thought that you would like to share with me some of my experiences. This is the objective of this weblog. Thank you,  Arnaud Cousergue, Bujinkan Shihan, France