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…

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…

Zero Style Budō


The last class with Hatsumi Sensei was so intense that I dreamt of it all night long. In my dreams, what he showed and taught made more sense, I will do my best to explain now what I got out of it. To control the space with mutō dori, you have to be zero. To…

JISEI: CONTROL


When I arrived in Kashiwa yesterday, I met my friend Philippe from France, and his students for dinner. They have been here for a few days now, and speaking of sensei’s latest classes; Philippe said that Sensei was emphasising a lot about control. During the last years, we’ve been mainly focusing on zero and Mutō…