Ken Tai Ichi Jô


  In the Bujinkan there is the concept of  劒体一条 ken tai ichijô (body and weapon are one). This concept makes a lot of sense when wielding a heavy sword in 片手 katate (one hand) because the free arm is often in the way. And this is even more difficult to manage as the blade is…

Ken no Sui no Kata


The Ken is heavy and needs a lot of circular momentum to cut into the opponent. To apply an “omote shutô-like” cut to the side of the neck and to be sure to slide the blade in between the helmet and the yoroi (shoulder level) you must use your taijutsu and the kosshi of the…

Shiken no Ken


The 四賢の劒 shiken no ken (four virtues of Ken) are the 4 basic rules that I found so far in my research and training with the Chinese Ken. After giving two seminars on the Chinese Ken I have made a 私見 shiken (personal opinion), about the way to train and to enrich our budô practice with the…

Ken: Sayû Changing hands


左右 sayû means left/right (this is the Chinese for hidari/migi in Japanese) When it comes to changing hand with the ken (from right hand to left hand) one is facing a difficulty as the Chinese blade is heavier than the Japanese regular Katana. It also has a different balance, the weight being more in the…

Ken is Mû Kamae


Hatsumi sensei is developing the Ken techniques saying there are no fixed kamae for the Ken. It was the same when we began the study of Tachi waza. But we always start from a situational body posture. When you attend classes these days you can observe some kind of kamae or better said, body attitudes…

Jyanen Or Jian Nen?


The asian astrological sign for the year 2013 is the snake (black snake or water snake). It is called Jyanen (snake year) in Japanese and the new year just began a few days ago. A few weeks before that sensei uncovered the theme for the year which is the Chinese sword, 劍. The Chinese sword (“jian” in Chinese, 劍)…

Hôken Is Kenpô


 After this first seminar dedicated to the Chinese sword I thought I could share with you some of my findings. I’m just beginning to understand the power of this fantastic weapon and I still have to train a lot to unveil the richness of it. Since the seminar I train every day for half hour on…