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…

Sonkei: Respectus


Kannin Dokuson, the new theme for 2017 is only about “respect”. After Sensei’s explanation, I see it as a Sanshin: Mutual respect Respect the enemy Respect yourself Each movement should include those three aspects. But what does “Respect” really mean? Everyone uses the word, but how many are aware of its complex meanings and implications?…

Kannin Dokuson: First Approach


Sensei introduced us in November to “controlling the space with Mutō Dori”, and last week for the first class of 2017, he said the yearly theme to be Kannin Dokuson, “mutual respect.” Each time Sensei comes up with a new theme for the year, it is important to read “between the lines” to follow Sensei’s…

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…

On Enthalpy by H. Weill


Dear Arnaud sensei, Thank you for sharing your thought with us. The idea of enthalpy is interesting, as a chemist myself I appreciate your vision. I would like to suggest also my opinion. Hatsumi Sensei speaks firstly on the idea of high sensitivity that is mentioned in the words “all of the Uke’s actions are…

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…

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…