Thank You For The Gift!


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…

The Depth of Quality


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…

On Asobi, by Magnus Andersson


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…

Tama, The Sphere Of Zero


Gyokko Ryû is an excellent school, profoundly related to the new theme for 2017 of “controlling the space”. Let me explain. In Sensei’s last class, he spoke about Tama, the Sphere. Tama is also read Gyoku, and Gyoku is the “pearl” find in the name Gyokko. (1) We read on the Internet that Gyokko is…

Zero Style Budō


The last class with Hatsumi Sensei was so intense that I dreamt of it all night long. In my dreams, what he showed and taught made more sense, I will do my best to explain now what I got out of it. To control the space with mutō dori, you have to be zero. To…

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),…

A Fantastic Day (part 3)


This post was originally posted directly on my Facebook page on December 2nd in Japan. It follows https://kumafr.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/a-fantastic-day-part-1/ and https://kumafr.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/a-fantastic-day-part-2/ A Fantastic Day (part 3) Right after the class some of us “Jurassic Ninja ” were invited by Sensei. Noguchi, Pedro, Jack, Sheila, Moti, Gillian, Doug, Christian and a few others. Having lunch with sensei is…