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Happy Holidays!

I hope all my friends around the world are enjoying their holiday season with their friend and family. I know that some of you will also be spending some of this time thinking about training… (I’ll be continuing to train

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2017 Training Times & Locations

*the schedule is changed for the duration of my seminars, my senior students will be teaching Sunday and Thursday, please read below!   Sunday  16:00-18:00 – Mabashi Jinja Tuesday 11:00-13:00 – Mabashi Jinja Wednesday 11:00-13:00 – Mabashi Jinja Thursday 19:00-21:00

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Ground Up-Core Out™ Kihon Happo Videos are Available!!

The human body has a built in process for optimal, efficient learning of movement that everyone of us went through as infants. We all began lying down, then gradually progressed up through sitting, kneeling (crawling), up to squatting/standing. At each

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Practicing the Art of Soke Hatsumi

Many have talked about the way of Hatsumi as having no structure, but it really is the structure of no structure.

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接点 (setten) – The Contact Point, A kaname…

接点 ”Setten – Contact Point” In my previous article on kaname, or vital point, I covered several different types of kaname: 間合いの要 – Maai no Kaname, The Vital Point of Distance 動きの要 – Ugoki no Kaname, The Essence of Movement

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要 – Kaname

要 “Kaname” This year, 2012, Hatsumi Sensei, the grand master of the Bujinkan, has chosen as his theme the idea of Kaname (要). In English, this translates to the ‘crux‘, ‘essence’, ‘pivot’, or the “vital point”. A simple example of

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四天王の四方 “Shitennou no Shihou”

四天王の四方 Shitennou no Shihou “The four ways of the four heavenly kings” The term Shitennou, in this instance, refers to the Bujinkan’s four top shihan: Oguri Sensei, Seno Sensei, Noguchi Sensei, and Nagato Sensei. These are the four senior teachers

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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

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Incomplete Kihon Happo Video available!

Discover what Hatsumi Soke and the Japanese Shihan know about making the Kihon Happo work. Although Soke has been teaching the concept of “chuuto hanpa” (halfway or incomplete) for years and the principles that make this “incompleteness” possible, it is

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Shinnenjutsu – Part 2

Shinnenjutsu – 心念術 “Controlling your opponents perceptions” Part 2: “Proprioception (Perception of Body Position)”. In Part 1 of this article on Shinnenjutsu, we talked about Visual Perception, and how controlling your opponent’s visual perception, in effect, controls his mind. Now

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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

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Why Zeropoint training?

*Written by Japan resident and long time Bujinkan member, Vaughan Moir. I live in Japan and travel to Chiba monthly to train with Soke and the four Shihan. For the last couple of years I have also been training with

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* Updated!* Please reread! “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”.

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Training in the Mabashi Shrine

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Sainou Kon Ki

The theme for this year is Saino Kon Ki – translated as “talent or ability”, “spirit or soul”, and “capacity”. One way of looking at this concept is seeing how they are all connected, each aspect building on the previous

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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

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