Control, Don’t Fight!


“Mutō Dori is not about fighting; it is about controlling.” That’s how Hatsumi sensei summarised the feeling he showed yesterday during training…

PARIS TAIKAI 2017


Last Week-end, the Yoroi Taikai was fantastic! Christophe and Laid did a wonderful job by creating this opportunity. But life doesn’t stop. In two weeks we are happy to welcome you once again to the Paris Taikai 2017. PARIS TAIKAI 14th 15th 16th JULY 2017 Peter King, Sveneric Bogsater and Arnaud Cousergue are sharing their…

Tsunagaru: Stay Connected!


A week ago, my last class with Sensei for this trip was another great one, with many insights to bring and to train at home. Before we began, Hatsumi Sensei spoke about the new statue of Kannon that he acquired recently. More than a statue, it is a symbol. When Takamatsu Sensei stayed one year…

Piano And Budō


A few years ago, Sensei said that if you wanted to control the opponent, only one finger was enough, or Yubi Ippon Jūbun. In fact, since then, he has been insisting a lot on the piano-like manner with which we have to play with Uke, using only the tips of our fingers as if writing…

Read Between The Lines


強弱柔剛あるベからず “Kyojaku Jūgo Arubekarazu” One must not depend on strength or weakness, or softness or hardness. It is a sentence from Toda Shinryūken Masamitsu, Takamatsu sensei’s uncle. (1) And Hatsumi Sensei repeated it once again in his last class when he was explaining the importance of moving slowly without stopping. Some Bujinkan members misunderstand the…

Don’t Xerox The Master!


Each class, Hatsumi sensei speaks about moving “Yukkuri”, slow. This is different from training slowly. (1) Training slowly: Study level/acquisition/Dōjō Moving slowly: high-level/reaction/fight Training slowly is part of the learning process, reacting slowly deals with actual fighting. When you train slow, you create new mental/body patterns that will be useful in a real fight. When…

Please Pronounce Correctly


I don’t speak Japanese, but I do my best to pronounce it correctly. Too often, I can see t-shirt written “Gyokko Ryū Koshi Jutsu” instead of “Gyokko Ryū KoSShi Jutsu.” (1) Twelve years ago in a Nagato sensei’s class, he asked what we wanted to study as he always does. An American teacher jumped in…

Mumei And Yokenai


Hatsumi sensei is getting deeper, every class, into the world of Mutō Dori. The majority of you is now familiar with the vast complexity os this concept that we have been training on and on for nearly a year and a half now. As he explained here, Mutō Dori is not only the “unarmed defence…

Don’t Be A Selfish Ninja!


Don’t be selfish! If you have the chance to train in Japan, let the Bujinkan community know about what you learned. Every year, about 5000 Bujinkan members come to Japan to study the Bujinkan techniques under Hatsumi sensei and his best students. The majority of these Bujinkan members are Shidōshi. So why don’t we have…

Fun’Iki, Control The Environment


This year Mutō dori is about controlling Funiki, your environment. During the class, Hatsumi sensei demonstrated it with Taijutsu, Tantō, Katana, and Naginata. Each time the Uke seemed lost and unable to get him. His main point today was that the weapon, or the lack of it, is not what truly matter. In fact, with…

Kantan Janai!


Senō sensei’s class was very technical, even more than usual. Luckily my partner was Holger, and we were both very much into learning because it was not easy. Too often, when you partner with a beginner, you end up being bored or correcting your partner. Today, thanks to him I enjoyed the research/training we both…

Past, Present, Future: All Is Connected


For any Bujinkan practitioner (including me), Nagato sensei’s level is out of reach. With Noguchi sensei and Senō sensei, they are the best students of Hatsumi sensei. So, to say that he has “improved” would seem quite arrogant. That is honestly what I think. As long as I can remember, Nagato sensei always did “his…