Disciple or Technician?


(version française) I just read a nice article by my brother Pedro Fleitas and I would like to dig deeper in its direction. When we began training in the Bujinkan martial arts we couldn’t fathom how much it would bring to us as a human being; how much it would transform us. We were more…

Bufû Ikkan


(version Française) Sensei said that “the secret of budô is 武風一貫 bufû ikkan (translated in “unarmed fighting techniques of the samurai” p.51, by the way of war is survival*). This is the yang secret. In a fight the opponent is often aggressive (i.e. yin) therefore by opposing softness to hardness you can defeat the enemy….

Control


(version française) Last Sunday at the Hombu, Hatsumi sensei said that “if you cannot control yourself, you cannot control others”. This is the secret of every learning process as we must understand our own behavior before trying to understand the one of others. The quickest path to achieve that is to master our basics. When…

Inyo: the Power of Change


  (version française) In a recent post we established that “ki” was not magic but only natural. Q: But what manifests this natural state of things where no preconceived idea can exist? A: The natural flow and interaction of inyo (yinyang). The I Ching, the book of changes (ekigyô 易経 in Japanese) says that: “the only…

Num3ro1ogy


(version Française) The last post on “3=5” generated a lot of comments towards the possible misinterpretation of numerology. Two friends added their comments, Jan from Belgium on this blog and Jean, one of my students committed a nice text on his dôjô blog (in French). Their general idea is that: “you can say anything with…

Does 3 = 5?


(version française)     During one of my recent classes dedicated to beginners, one of them after listening very carefully came to me and asked me why sanshin = 3 spirits/hearts when we have the gogyô = 5 elements? Or to make it simple why does 3 = 5? What I like with beginners is…

Ki is Natural not Magic!


contemplation (version française) In the Abidharma sutra the Buddha (5th century BCE) says that “nothing is created, all is energy”. At about the same period Anaxagoras, a Greek philosopher said that: “Nothing is born nor perishes, but things already existing combine and then separate again”. Much later in 1789 Antoine Lavoisier, the “ father” of…

Tenchijin University Pdfs


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Gyokko Ryû No Kamae


After my previous article I have been asked to show the various kamae for the three levels of the Gyokko ryû kosshi jutsu. All kamae start from hira no kamae (the wider shizen no kamae of the Gyokko ryû) which is using a “mudra like” hand posture. No magic here only waza. Sorry. From these…

Gyokko Ryû: The Origin of Budô


I recently finished the recording of the Gyokko ryû Kosshi jutsu and to prepare myself correctly I went through all the notes I took over the past years, the dvds by sensei, my own seminars and the articles I committed for the internet. The Kosshijutsu of Gyokko ryû (and other ryûha) have been studied in…

New Dvds Are Coming Soon


We finished the Yari Jutsu of the Kukishin Ryû and the taijutsu of the Gyokko ryû. The videos are being edited right now and will soon be availalbe on koimartialart and budomart. In the last year we have been quite productive: Ten Ryaku no Maki: short and extended version (4 dvds), Chi Ryaku no Maki:…

Tenchijin University Reminder


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