Training, Flowing, Being


The heat and humidity are tiring us Continental Europeans not used to such a tough weather. Eugenio Penna from Sicilia and the Indian group lead by Shiva are fine with it. They are only missing hot spicy food! (not Eugenio though). The August climate is not my favorite, everybody knows that polar bears (Shiro Kuma)…

Japan 42: The Arrival


I arrived this morning in Narita and now after a well deserved shower and a little nap I feel ready for this new trip. It was strange to arrive in Narita before the shops and restaurants were opened. In 20 years it was the first time I saw those shops closed. Naively I thought that…

Only Nagare Matters


When we begin the study of the bujinkan arts we are surprised to hear the teacher speaking of nagare (流れ, flow). Our intention when entering a dôjô was to learn a set of fighting techniques but we finally ended up learning how to flow with things! The first encounter with this “flowing reality” is when we…

Stars & Galaxies


The concept developed recently by sensei of a photon colliding a speck of stardust to illustrate that we should render the invisible visaible made me think of galaxies and budô. In space stars are often seen as regrouped by men as a given shape (big dipper, cassiopea, betelgeuse etc). But this apparent “regrouping” is only…