Happiness Leads To Success!


I landed in Japan, and while getting out of the airport, I felt happy. It reminded me of sensei’s constant advice: “be happy!” Over the years, I often wondered how to reach happiness. In fact, until a discussion I had with Sensei in 2008, I never considered being happy as part of my life. Digging…

Aging Is Not Bad!


Humans are strange. They behave as if they are immortal. Bad news, we are not and muscle mass tends to disappear gradually from age 40 onward.   “Fighting Muscle Mass Loss. Starting at age 40, adults lose on average 8% of muscle mass each decade. And the rate of loss increases to 15% per decade…

Waza Or Kankaku?


Next weekend I have a sword seminar on Kukishin Biken Jutsu, and Togakure Happō Biken in Lugo (Spain). For the first time ever, I will teach them together, to see the differences and the similarities. If you join us, you will discover the value of our Bujinkan heritage. Since the sword seminar in Finland, I have put…

IMHO: Bujinkan Biken Jutsu


In my humble opinion, the Bujinkan Biken Jutsu is not taught enough in our classes. Japanese kanji are cool. Do you know that “biken” meaning “a hidden secret” (1), but another “biken,” means “in my humble opinion.” (2) It is a sign. As you know, I’m a sword freak. I recently gave a seminar outdoor…

Was Odysseus in Dubai?


After two weeks in Tōkyō, I am now giving a few classes here in Dubai. The group of Bujinkan UAE, led by Anjaan is doing well, and new faces have appeared on the mats. The beauty of this training group is that it changes a lot as people come to work in Dubai for a…

Good Or Bad, Keep Laughing!


Only 40 participants yesterday night at Sōke’s class. We had so much space to train that the Dōjō felt empty. It was my last class for this trip, and Sensei taught control with taijutsu, hanbō, knife, sword, and bō. He insisted again on the importance of control being the theme for this year practice. Controlling…

Move Right Instead Of Left


Nagato sensei always surprises me by moving his legs reverse to what I am used to doing with Noguchi sensei.   Each time I repeat his movements I have to think hard not to move wrong.   I was training with Martin from France (Naka Ima Dōjō, Lyon), he was Nagato’s “meatbag” of the day….

Rekishi: History


As far as I remember, Sunday classes at the Honbu are special. When at the old Honbu, Hatsumi Sensei always invited a few of us to lunch with him. We moved to the new Honbu in February 2015, and this tradition stopped. Sensei is now more talkative.   I used the word “tradition” voluntarily here….

Muishiki: Unconsciousness


These days Hatsumi Sensei arrives late and leaves late. It is not rare these days to finish three hours after the beginning. And Sensei explains a lot in class and during the breaks. Sunday was no different. And Sensei is full of projects. He is getting a hundred Ninjatō swords to make an exposition. He…

I Quit The Bujinkan!


After trying my best for many years, I have come to the conclusion that I have to quit training. At least, this is the feeling that everyone must have had today during Senō sensei’s class. Today only fourteen came to the Honbu to train. I found it strange. Friday night, more than seventy participants attended…