It Is Your Fault!


It is your fault if you cannot do the movements correctly. I found a quote by Sensei saying, “Humans have yet to dwell upon the consequences of their actions. Most people spend their time finding fault in the action of others rather than their own.” This is Sekininkan, the sense of responsibility. (1) On the…

Yokusei Jutsu: The Art Of Controlling


My friend Philip Pihl wrote from Japan yesterday after class. Hatsumi Sensei expressed his mastery of Mutō Dori using the body, the sword, and the knife. Mutō Dori is still the major training point to learn and understand how to express it with our Taijutsu. We entered the realm of Mutō Dori two years ago in…

Do You Have A Backpack?


When you go out for a trek in the mountains, you carry a backpack. Everything you might need during the long hours of walking is inside. When you pack it, you select the content and organize it. You know precisely where every object is: socks, clothes, sleeping bag, map, compass, knife, rope, gloves, rain jacket,…

Bujinkan Will Not Survive


Bujinkan will not survive, and it doesn’t matter. And here is why. A few months ago, in Japan, I had the opportunity to speak with Hatsumi Sensei about the future of the Bujinkan. He said that he created the Bujinkan as a shell to gather everyone. To give us a chance to understand the powerful…

Why Do You Train?


Speaking with a friend today, I asked myself, why do people train? In the nineties, it was easy, the ninja boom made the dōjō growing fast. During this golden age, it was not rare to have 60 or 70 students per class. Today when we have 20 students attending, it is good. In the 90s’,…

Mochikaeru: Can you Juggle?


I recently covered the concept of “Mochikaeru” after a class by Nagato Sensei. (1) But Mochikaeru has another meaning which is close to juggling. (2) When you “transfer something from one hand to the other,” you are juggling. What is interesting is that it is not valid only in the physical world. You can also…

I Got A Bee +


When I studied for an MBA at CSUC back in 1981, my 11 pm routine was to watch SNL. (1) And I remember a sketch with John Belushi disguised as a bee, and grading a student with a “Bee +.” (2) Well, today at Honbu, I had my Bee+ moment. Today was my last class…

Ninku vs. Ninkū


During the break, I asked Sensei for calligraphy to use it as a logo for the Paris Taikai next July. He made up “Ninkū,” a pun with the word “Ninku,” but written with “Kū.” instead of “Ku.” If “Ninku” exists, and means “endurance.” (1) “Ninkū with a long “ū” doesn’t. It was made by Sensei,…

Are You An Eccentric?


Disclaimer: The class was so dense that this article might be a little too long. Sorry about that. A class with Sōke these days is a succession of many moments. Relying on the Dai Shihan to show the techniques, he gives his advice from his chair. He only shows when a move requires his expertise….

Mochikaeru, Nagato’s Spiderweb


I am not very fond of spiders, but I like Nagato sensei’s Taijutsu. Nagato sensei is the master of Mochikaeru, (1) Whatever you do, traps he traps you as if in a giant spiderweb. Mochikaeru is his particular way to let you in his sphere of movement and to give back pain in exchange. Using…