Mushin is Sanshin


Following his logic of Mutô Dori being Butô Dori, Sensei in a recent class said that “Mushin is Bushin (Bujin)”.  As you know, the word “Bujinkan” is sometimes written as “Bushinkan” (in the old translations form Japan).    This opens up a new series of possible interpretations. As we know 無 is pronounced Mu or Bu and this…

TAIKAI PARIS 2013


  Like every year since 2004 you are invited to join us and attend the Yûro Shi Tennô Taikai in Paris, the legendary 3 day taikai! Peter, Sven, Pedro and Arnaud will share, during 3 full days, their insights received this year in Japan. The main theme of this Taikai will revolve around  the Tsurugi…

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…

Mutô Dori is Butô Dori


The last Japan trip during the Sakura season was full of  insights, and I did my best to share them with my buyu in India, France, and Hungary. Teaching after being taught is always a challenge as we never feel confident after a Japan trip. Will it be good enough? Will the explanations make sense?…

Victory: A New Kuki Taishô


We don’t train in the bujinkan “to win, but not to lose” repeats sensei. Those who train to win and/or to avoid losing are in fact missing the beauty of Sensei’s teachings. Victory is achieved by rejecting this duality. This win/lose is inyo. There is no victory in winning and there is no defeat in…

How To Use Shikan Ken?


In all the 16 natural weapons at our disposal, Shikan Ken is a singular one. The hand is not opened but yet not closed. The Ken changes on impact, soft and hard at the same time. And if you try to use it you often get excruciating pain when you hit the target.   When…

Sanshin: Body & Mind Are Unity


In the year 2009 the theme was  才能 魂 器 “saino konki” or “saino tamashii utsuwa”. It just occurred to me today that this sanshin is in fact the essence of the tenchijin. The true Sanshin!   These three words can have the following meanings: ability, soul, container. If we understand easily the meanings of ability and soul, the container,…

Who Is Stupid?


There is a new trend recently that is developing amongst the high ranks of the Bujinkan. Searching for the true and original Bujinkan they are unearthing the past and reactivate unfinished programs discarded by Sôke. Maybe because of our Christian origin, we think that “printed matter” is truth, and that the oldest the material is,…

Paris Taikai 2013


Watching the nice blue sky through the window, I began to think about the next Yûro Shitennô Paris Taikai next July in Paris. This seminar have been going on for more than ten years and it has always been a pleasure to welcome you all in our dôjô. Many of you are already familiar with…

Birthday Cake in Budapest: The Bujinkan Legacy


When Balázs and Laszlo asked me to give a seminar covering the Bujinkan themes of the last twenty years (1993-2012) I accepted but I didn’t immediately understand the “why?”, and I must admit that I didn’t see who would be interested. . The day before traveling to Budapest I began to be concerned about the…

Paris taikai registration opened


Registration for the Paris taikai 2013 is open. Since 2002 the Bujinkan France invites you to share 3 days of training in Paris with the Shi Tennô: Pedro Fleitas, Sveneric Bogsater, Peter King, and Arnaud Cousergue in our three Dôjô located in the city of Vincennes. Each year around 150 Bujinkan participants gather there to…

Tsurugi: The Divine Sword


Sensei taught a lot of things related to the Chinese sword during the last day of the Taikai. This sword that we call Jian or Ken is in fact Tsurugi. This is the weapon of the high level warriors. Even though the Chinese jian / ken does not carry any “social meaning” the Japanese when referring…