Paris taikai registration opened


Registration for the Paris taikai 2013 is open. Since 2002 the Bujinkan France invites you to share 3 days of training in Paris with the Shi Tennô: Pedro Fleitas, Sveneric Bogsater, Peter King, and Arnaud Cousergue in our three Dôjô located in the city of Vincennes. Each year around 150 Bujinkan participants gather there to…

Tsurugi: The Divine Sword


Sensei taught a lot of things related to the Chinese sword during the last day of the Taikai. This sword that we call Jian or Ken is in fact Tsurugi. This is the weapon of the high level warriors. Even though the Chinese jian / ken does not carry any “social meaning” the Japanese when referring…

Inryoku: Attraction


Attending a class by Noguchi sensei is always a good moment. To me it is similar in many ways in having a very nice dinner at a grand restaurant in Paris.  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx His taijutsu is full of flavors, very refined, elegant and classy; and I always feel sad when it is over. I am a…

Kantan Desu!


  Today during his class at the honbu, Nagato sensei kept repeating that everything he was doing was 簡単 kantan (easy, simple). He repeated it many times during training. But watching the many practitioners in the honbu I got the impression that these “easy and simple” techniques were quite difficult to reproduce for those of us who…

Mutô Dori or Mu To Dori


Yesterday’s class in Ayase was amazing, Sensei was in a very good mood and was smiling the whole time from ear to ear. Sensei did so many variations that I have to admit that I had a hard time remembering anything. But I will try here to explain some of the few technical points I remember.  But…

Rank Is Not Competence


I have been traveling to train in Japan over 50 times over the last 23 years. I’m what you can call a “Jurassic ninja”.  But yesterday for the first time I forgot my belt on the mats. I left it right after Nagato sensei’s class and it made me think on the value one attaches to this piece…

Kûkan, Fibonacci, and Snail


When a beginner attends to a class with Nagato sensei it seems that he is always repeating the same movement. When you have been training in Japan with him for over twenty years you see things differently. Nagato sensei’s movements are like a reverse Fibonacci suite*, the more he repeats the movement, and the more…

Ken no Nigiri


At the end the class Hatsumi sensei came to me, took the wooden ken I got from Tanaka san* and showed me how to hold the Ken. The Ken is versatile and the many possible 握り nigiri (grips) reflect this. Sensei demonstrating these grips to me precised that the many ways of holding the weapon implied the…

Norikae: Change Your Mindset


Do you think Hatsumi sensei is reading my blog? we can think so because in today’s class he gave us the next level to understand the Henka article. I was asked to begin the class with some taijutsu technique. Uke attacks with a fist at short distance and by moving up and down, left and…

Henka: A Poetic Strangeness


We often use the word “Henka” 変化 when referring to an adaptation of a given waza. But this word is more than it seems. I remember Sensei explaining once that in a Ryûha, a henka is described as a part of the level considered. A henka in a school is like another way of doing the same…

Yama Michi


In a recent and interesting article Dan Ordoins quoted Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Thank you Dan this sentence made me think a lot!

Kachikan Leads to Jiyû


  The majority of Bujinkan  practitioners will never fight for their lives. And this is good! So even if our martial art system has proved its valor in numerous encounters, its power resides in the values that sensei is teaching. Only a master can do that and in our case this our Sensei Masaaki Hatsumi….