What are the basics (kihon) ?

What are the basics (kihon)? 基本 (Kihon; foundation, basis, standard)   Many people talk about the importance of learning the basics (kihon) in our martial art. “Without a good foundation”, they say, “You can’t really achieve a high level of ability”. In fact, there are some people who go so …

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Kikanju…

What a wonderful event! Thanks to everyone who made Kikanju the success it was! We had great weather, great friends, great training, everything we could ask for! There were around 100 people from 12 different countries, some from as far away as Canada and the United States. It was interesting …

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Shinnenjutsu – Part 1

Shinnenjutsu – 心念術 “Controlling your opponents perceptions” Also translated as intention technique, mind reading, mind control, and manipulation of another’s thoughts or perceptions, this concept lies at the heart of Budo Taijutsu. Disclaimer: Over the years Hatsumi Sensei has used different “themes” related to a particular school of the Bujinkan …

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10,000 Hours

How long does it take to achieve mastery? Well, according to research cited in his book “Outliers”, by Malcolm Gladwell, it is 10,000 hours. This seems to be true regardless of the field of endeavor. Whether you are a professional athlete, musician, or an entrepreneur, it just seems to take …

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