Kesshin: Determination


During the past months, Hatsumi sensei has been insisting on not avoiding Uke’s attacks. He has been repeating it, each class since I arrived. Exploring more the concept of controlling the space from within (1), he said: “Don’t fight, but control. As you can see, I’m not dodging the attack.” Last March, we covered the…

The Space Within


During the break, Sensei displayed a new katana. But unsheathing it, inside was a ninjatō. He told us that he was collecting a hundred of these ninjatō to make an exhibition. He said that he wanted to show the world of scholars how wrong they were. Truth is not in the books, it is in…

The Gentleman Magician


A class with Senō sensei is always a great moment. As he was in and out a lot recently, I was glad to learn he was teaching at the honbu. For me, Senō sensei is a gentleman and a magician. His elegant taijutsu mixed with his magic precision don’t stop to amaze me. And he…

The Way He Walks


When you train with Sōke, what is important is not what you see, but what you don’t. If you want to understand Sensei’s techniques, study the way he walks. This is the secret. Last night there were not so many people attending class, it was good. I guess the heat in Japan is a good…

Too Bad For You! Or Not.


As my friend Eric Jones would put it: “Too bad for you! Or Not” Only 100 out of the half million Bujinkan members will have the privilege to attend the 15th edition of the Paris Taikai that will open its door on July 13th at the Bujinkan France Headquarters, in Vincennes (Paris). Too bad for you!…

Grow Up, Size Does Matter!


Did you ever walk with shoes too small for your feet? It is painful, even if they look good. Well, I see a similarity with the weapons we use in the Dōjō. Many of the weapons we use are undersized. Tradition is beautiful, but sometimes it can be counterproductive. I will explain why in this…

Buyūkai 2: More Details By Phil


Some changes are happening these days in the Bujinkan. Here is some more useful information by Phil Legare from Japan. It takes some time to change to take place. The following text explains a few points I didn’t cover in my last post. My friend Phil published that today on Facebook. But the “life-span” of…

Buyūkai, Buyukai, And Other Clarifications


This Sunday in Japan, was the first meeting of the Buyūkai. (1) That is a new change in the Bujinkan.Until this day, the Shidōshikai was regrouping the teachers of the Bujinkan. The Shidōshikai doesn’t exist anymore in Japan. The Buyūkai replaces it. This Buyūkai meeting was a very happy moment. Sensei exposed the goal of…

The Tesseract Of Nature


Teaching the Mutō Dori of 2018, Hatsumi Sensei keeps repeating it is about control. But the control he speaks about is different from the general understanding we have of this word. During the calligraphy session, I asked for “control,” and he did “Kū.” (1) Because it is one of the few Kanji I can recognize,…

I Am The Universe!


and so are you! During training, Hatsumi Sensei spoke of “Ningen Kûkan Tsunagaru.” There is a connection between Humanity and Kūkan. (1) He told us to “let the divine express itself through us.” Some of you might react to the word “divine,” but understand it as the Shintō or Taoist meaning of “Nature.” This “divine…