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…

Kantan Janai!


Senō sensei’s class was very technical, even more than usual. Luckily my partner was Holger, and we were both very much into learning because it was not easy. Too often, when you partner with a beginner, you end up being bored or correcting your partner. Today, thanks to him I enjoyed the research/training we both…

Past, Present, Future: All Is Connected


For any Bujinkan practitioner (including me), Nagato sensei’s level is out of reach. With Noguchi sensei and Senō sensei, they are the best students of Hatsumi sensei. So, to say that he has “improved” would seem quite arrogant. That is honestly what I think. As long as I can remember, Nagato sensei always did “his…

Do. Think. Don’t Think!


“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…

Uchū Sayū: Mastering The Space-time Continuum  


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…

Push Your Limits


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…

Train Large And Slow


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…