“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” Socrates Sensei once said nearly the same: “I don’t teach my students, but I teach them to teach themselves”. That is the same idea except that in Budō thinking is not possible. If you think the movement while doing it, nothing good gets out… Read More Do. Think. Don’t Think!
The concept of “Kannin Dokuson” (1), the Mutō Dori of 2017 involves the control of the centre of space. Since Albert Einstein, we know that time and space are interconnected. They are like inyō. There is no duality, only a space-time unity. Sayû, the well-known Bujinkan principle of “left-right”, also means “control”. Once again, it… Read More Uchū Sayū: Mastering The Space-time Continuum
While in Dubai, we had an excellent discussion after the Sakki test. The new Dubai Shidōshi was telling me that when I came him for the test, he thought his heart was going to explode. He was scared to death. But we all know, the only risk is a bump in the top of the… Read More Push Your Limits
Many practitioners are wondering why we train slowly in the Bujinkan. They criticise it, saying that real Martial Arts (understand Sports martial arts here) are better because they have fights. They love the fact that there is always a winner and a loser. “It makes it easier to know who is good and who is… Read More Train Large And Slow
Kannin Dokuson, the new theme for 2017 is only about “respect”. After Sensei’s explanation, I see it as a Sanshin: Mutual respect Respect the enemy Respect yourself Each movement should include those three aspects. But what does “Respect” really mean? Everyone uses the word, but how many are aware of its complex meanings and implications?… Read More Sonkei: Respectus
Sensei introduced us in November to “controlling the space with Mutō Dori”, and last week for the first class of 2017, he said the yearly theme to be Kannin Dokuson, “mutual respect.” Each time Sensei comes up with a new theme for the year, it is important to read “between the lines” to follow Sensei’s… Read More Kannin Dokuson: First Approach
The Daikomyō Said is always a magic moment in the life of the Bujinkan. This year was no exception. The format has evolved over the years. Training halls have changed many times until there were no halls and no training sessions. The formal dinners at the Hilton or the Noda Park hotel, replaced the open… Read More Thank You For The Gift!
When put in jail in Japan after the war, the famous German Zen philosopher, Karl Durkheim, had time to meditate. One day in this cell, his hand on the table, he understood that “the depth of a quality, is related to the quality of the depth.” This sentence is what came to my mind today… Read More The Depth of Quality
Another interesting comment on Asobi by Magnus Andersson. Thank you for your comments. For what it’s worth here are my thoughts on asobi. Feel free to use it or dismiss it. The concept of asobi which Hatsumi sensei use from time to time can easily be dismissed as children’s play or play with the technique in… Read More On Asobi, by Magnus Andersson
Dear Arnaud sensei, Thank you for sharing your thought with us. The idea of enthalpy is interesting, as a chemist myself I appreciate your vision. I would like to suggest also my opinion. Hatsumi Sensei speaks firstly on the idea of high sensitivity that is mentioned in the words “all of the Uke’s actions are… Read More On Enthalpy by H. Weill