Ukeire: The Tao Of Bujinkan


The last class was about “zero style”. To be zero, you have to be one, body and mind. Sensei’s movements are so simple that it is impossible to repeat them. Sensei was magic and full of energy, and we saw how far we are all of his level of understanding. After class, I went for…

Kaitatsu Gairyoku: Indirect Transmission


Hatsumi sensei said in class that “you cannot be good doing Bujinkan, if you’re good, you are not doing Bujinkan”. It reminded me of Salvador Dali’s quote: “Don’t be afraid of perfection, you’ll never reach it”. This quote could summarise what we are training these days. Don’t try to be perfect. The essence of controlling…

Bujinkan Chemical Reaction


After a recent class with Hatsumi sensei, we were on the train to Kashiwa with Adonis and Harry Mitrou, the twin brothers from Greece. We were speaking of the training we just had, trying to understand the profound insights that Sensei shared with us. Sensei said that “controlling the space” was the same with or…

Kawasu: Chatting With Uke 


I feel gifted to have access to so many fantastic teachers when I train in Japan. But I feel even luckier when I have two classes in a row with the same master. That was the case yesterday as Senō sensei opened the Sunday training after teaching us on Saturday. When we teach, we often…

Using Tōate To Control Space


Sensei speaks a lot about controlling these days (see previous entry in this blog). But during his last class, he detailed it a little more. Controlling the space in Mutō Dori should be the theme of the study for next year, he said, this is why I will try here to share with you what…

JISEI: CONTROL


When I arrived in Kashiwa yesterday, I met my friend Philippe from France, and his students for dinner. They have been here for a few days now, and speaking of sensei’s latest classes; Philippe said that Sensei was emphasising a lot about control. During the last years, we’ve been mainly focusing on zero and Mutō…

DŌSHIN IKKAN SURU


As often, before I return for training in Japan, I like to read the notes taken during previous trips. I don’t understand everything that I wrote, but I’m not the only one. So, I was reading notes taken in July 2014 during my 55th trip. In one class Sensei spoke about Dōshin Ikkan Suru or…

KUMA SEMINARS 2017


SEMINARS Dear friends, I just created a new website where to find my next seminars for 2016 and 2017. This year again, I will be travelling a lot. Tokyo (3 times), Dubai (2 times – UAE), Paris (5 times), Annecy (FR), Bangalore (3 times-  IN), Berlin (GER), Gottingen (GER), Budapest (HON), Buenos Aires (ARG), Fortaleza (BR),…

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Hello Bujinkan  friends,   This year has been very demanding for me, and I couldn’t be as present as usual. Those who know me well, know about my “other  activities”. This is why next year will be interesting, as I will be focusing more on the seminars and ebooks, than on my other activities. I plan…

What is the correct path?


When you push the door of a dojo for the first time, you are often unaware that this simple action will unfold a life of commitment. The path you have chosen to take will only stop when your life is over. Do not give up too early, persevere, and improve. Progress will be slow, but we…