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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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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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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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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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