Mumei And Yokenai


Hatsumi sensei is getting deeper, every class, into the world of Mutō Dori. The majority of you is now familiar with the vast complexity os this concept that we have been training on and on for nearly a year and a half now. As he explained here, Mutō Dori is not only the “unarmed defence…

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…

Mutô Dori is Butô Dori


The last Japan trip during the Sakura season was full of  insights, and I did my best to share them with my buyu in India, France, and Hungary. Teaching after being taught is always a challenge as we never feel confident after a Japan trip. Will it be good enough? Will the explanations make sense?…