What Is Your Reality?


The Dōjō was packed last night, and Sensei played a lot with the concepts of Kyojutsu and Kyojitsu. Receiving Tezuka San’s fist, Sensei was controlling him holding only one finger. Tezuka san explained that the control was not on the finger we were watching. Sensei was applying light pressure with his other hand on the…

Robin Hood Was Clueless


Robin Hood is famous for his archery skills, but when it comes to Bō Jutsu, he is clueless! Everyone remembers the scene in every Robin Hood movie. Where Robin fights Little John with a Bō, across a river. Well, did you notice that they are only hitting the staff and not the hands of the…

You Don’t Know The Sakki Test!


The Sakki test is an essential part of the Bujinkan training. But it is wrapped in so many layers of fantasy that it is time to write about what the test is. At the Madrid Taikai in 2001, Sensei let us give the Sakki test. It was the first time that someone would give the…

Keep Your Distance With Nagato!


Today Nagato sensei taught a new approach to Mutō Dori. Somehow his Taijutsu has evolved since I was there a few months ago. I shared this feeling with my friend Oliver Piskurek, who agreed. It amazes me that teachers like Nagato sensei can still improve their movements. Nagato sensei is still moving in the same…

Dai Shihan Only!


I teach Dai Shihan Only!This is how Hatsumi Sensei opened the class today. Classes are still opened to anyone. But what he teaches now is for those who, supposedly, understand the Bujinkan martial arts. I write “supposedly” on purpose. With over 800 Dai Shihanacross the planet, I doubt all have the vast knowledge to teach…

Kankaku: Trust Your Intuition


Sensei introduced the class with a three-legged crow (stuffed). He told us that Yatagarasu (the crow) guided Emperor Jimmu in the Japanese invasion. (1) Yatagarasu represents the will of heaven, it emanates from the sun goddess, Amateratsu. He added that Yatagarasu is often described also as a Karasu Tengu. (2) It is Ninjutsu related. This…

They Read My First E-book?


Published in 2014, it was well accepted in the Bujinkan community. Here what some readers thought about it: If you want to have an insight of the path of one of best student of Soke: Kuma クマ, don’t hesitate, go for it ! it is a kind of privilege as well as a real pleasure…

Listen To Your Nuts!


Dear follower of the Kumablog, I take this opportunity to wish you all, all the best for the Holiday season. Whether you are a believer or not, this moment of the year is unique for a majority of humans. In Japan, it is a big thing, even though they are not following the same religious…

No More!


No more strength, no more technique, only control! That is how I can summarize the many classes I had the chance to do here at the Honbu. I began to study this “control” in March, then again in July, and then now, I know what Sensei is doing. At the same time, I cannot do…