Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu

Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu

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I found this in my archives. Picture shows Grandmaster Hatsumi perform a sword technique on Tetsuji Ishizuka.
Photo taken by Bo F Munthe, Japan, October 1984.
Just keeps getting better, courtesy of Sean Askew
afternoon everyone,
are the classes at Virginia water still active?
still a few of the collectors editions left.
Feliz año nuevo y propero y muchos éxitos para todos los de bujinkan

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Operating as usual

01/07/2022
16/06/2022

Forty Years of Omote and Ura.

Few people today truly understand what ninjutsu really is. Even in Japan, the birthplace of art, few individuals have an accurate conception of ninjutsu. This is somewhat understandable, as the art was kept secret by a few families in central Japan for many generations. For reasons of personal survival during a few hundred years of social and religious persecution, the art was kept hidden from everyone except the inner circles of the ninja clans. When the true facts cannot be known, people often construct their own versions of the unknown stories. From there come all the tales that slander the ninja as someone of the lower class, as immoral and dishonorable murderers for hire. Fortunately, all your years of training with me in my dojo have given you an insight into the true ways of the ninja. I trust that you will do a good job bringing the art of ninjutsu out of the shadows of misunderstandings, and into the light of truth for all of your followers in the Western world. Teaching others you learn a lot. Fully maturing as a warrior in all aspects of life requires forty years of study.

The first twenty years are spent in the study of the omote of life (the surface, the obvious or "frontal" aspects). These are years to train in the concepts of honor, respect for superiors and parents, the direction and guidance of your minors, diligence and discipline in training, and the forces of justice, honesty and sincerity. The vast majority of martial arts systems stop at this level. The ninja, however, must progress forward through the total experience of life.
The second twenty years are for the exploration of the ura kingdom (the inner, the hidden, the non-obvious or rarely seen aspects), better known as the shadows of human nature. These are years to train in the ways in which honor, respect and love can be twisted and used against you, and to look at the reality in which true justice and benevolence are appearances that confuse the lacking masses of perspective understanding.
The weaker souls are ready to label such wisdom as "evil" or "something pessimistic."
Do not be afraid to gain strength. Forty years brings you full circle, having transported you through the entire realm of human growth and consciousness. You start with the freshness of innocence, collect the stains of the mundane, and return with the wisdom of innocence. You start out empty, fill up along the way, and come back empty. Forty years of training is no guarantee that you will ever become a master of the art. That simply gives you the potential for full development. From there it is a matter of your own character, your personal nature, and the destiny of life, about how far you will advance. You will become a ninja with all the power that the word implies if you propose to be one.
I encourage you to stand firm in the direction of your challenge to unveil all the secrets and mysteries of the ninja art and its way of life.

Written by Masaaki Hatsumi, Sôke

Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post 05/04/2022

Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post

Photos from Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo's post 11/03/2022

Awesome photos, sad to have missed this event

27/01/2022

Nice work, great for solo drill practice

Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post 16/01/2022

Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post

06/01/2022

Perfecting a martial art is not an easy path,” says Hatsumi, casting his mind back over his own long journey. “I have come as far as I have in this life out of my one great desire, to help lead other people to know the true ninjutsu, to know the true martial arts. It’s been fifty years since I first opened this dōjō, and at last I’ve been able to train and raise successors from all over the world. I’m just content that I have been able to pass on the true essence of martial arts. All I want now is for my deshi around the world to continue to learn and grow into outstanding people who can earn the respect of all.”

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Earth 06/12/2021

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Earth

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Earth Bon’no 煩悩 — the term for afflictions such as ignorance, rage, and desire — is the source of man's suffering and the theme of 'Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Earth'.

03/12/2021

“…When Takamatsu-sensei was 83 teaching me this technique, I was in my thirties. He would get so angry with me and would constantly yell at me, calling me ‘foolish’ and ‘terrible.’ I would go home and practice and practice, then go back… But I still couldn’t get it.”

“He used to hit me with ‘bokken,’ too.”

Understand? Good, Play! Words of Consequence
-Ben Cole.

01/12/2021

Today December 2nd, is Hatsumi sensei’s 90th birthday.

It’s pretty amazing to think about all the great things he has done for me. Even though I have no direct relationship with him as I am a 3rd generation student through Ishizuka>Kacem>me.

Inspiration, community, friendship, travel, adventure and my partner Trish. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if he didn’t share his art with the world.

90 is a tremendous achievement, and if I could touch one persons heart in this world, how Soke has touched 1000’s, I believe that would be a good life.

I am very grateful to be part of this community and practice under Kacem and his teacher Ishizuka Soke.

I hope you all take a moment to reflect on what Soke has shared with us today.

Gray.

24/11/2021
21/11/2021

“The most fighting you’ll do in the Dōjō is with yourself.”
南虎

2021 Nagato Daishihan | Dayton, Ohio, USA | Oct 8-10, 2021 14/10/2021

2021 Nagato Daishihan | Dayton, Ohio, USA | Oct 8-10, 2021

22/09/2021

“….The true disciple never wavers throughout his life, his spirit sharpened. He rises to a level of master himself one day. Such men are rare. Maybe one or two in a lifetime. Most disappear of their own accord. Yet, those few that stay humble and remain, rise alongside the master, mirroring his image, and slowly become a living embodiment of the ryū."
- Masaaki Hatsumi 初見 良昭

07/09/2021
Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post 06/09/2021

Photos from Bujinkan Tasmania Budô Dōjō 武神館武道道場's post

03/07/2021
Photos from Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu's post 20/05/2021

Received yesterday courtesy of Takamatsu Tosh*tsugu and budo brother Dr. Kacem Zoughari

Takamatsu Tosh*tsugu, Ninja Master of the 20th Century.

Looking forward to reading though this

02/05/2021

⚠🔥We're almost there, the books are ready, we'll receive them next week📅.
We sign them, add the tenugui and send them to you.
🙇‍♂️Thanks for your patience !!

14/04/2021

Printing the book

04/04/2021

5 Ways BJJ Changed My Life

Russel Brand speaks again about the virtues of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the principles really apply to learning material arts.

03/03/2021
Photos from Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art's post 21/02/2021

Photos from Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art's post

04/02/2021

While many modern martial artists consider Bruce Lee to be a fighting genius; what they fail to understand is how much he “borrowed” from history.

This famous scene in “Enter The Dragon” was actually an excerpt from an attributed real-life event experienced by Tsukahara Bokuden.

As Bokuden aged, he began to turn his thoughts away from how to kill an opponent to how to avoid fighting one in the first place. This was partially because he was tired of all the young uptight swordsman constantly challenging him because of his renown. In one instance, he referred to this new fighting style as his “no-sword style”.

One day, on a boat, a young, boisterous, and arrogant swordsman claiming to the best challenged all the passengers. The now-aged Bokuden was unimpressed, immediately drawing the attention of the challenger. Bokuden agreed to a duel, claiming that he would defeat the youngster unarmed. However, the duel should be held on a remote island so as not to disturb anyone. The challenger agreed, and when they arrived at the island jumped off the boat and drew his blade. Bokuden merely grabbed the boat’s paddle and pushed off, leaving the Samurai stranded. As he paddled away Bokuden shouted “Here is my no-sword school!”

26/12/2020

Bujinkan Tasmania Budo Dojo 徳武流水武神館武道道場

Ankoku-tōshi jutsu
暗黒透視術 ( the art of seeing through darkness)
I feel it’s important not to take this too literally.
There are many other times and periods of darkness in life that requires focus to see more clearly and find a path forward. Death, disease, war and famine etc, are often considered times of darkness. To see through the darkness to the light requires a determined and focused mind and heart. Often we must persevere through periods of uncertainty and doubt to reach a destination of clarity and knowing. With a strong will and conviction, we can get closer to the light with every step but, it’s often not easy. We must be prepared to walk in a variety of ways and through, over or under numerous obstacles to reach a more positive, productive or happier place.
Ultimately, it’s not the form or how you do it, but the feeling, reasoning, motivation and adaptability behind your actions. The forms however, are initially taught to invoke and condition a particular mindset,focus,and/or decisive action until one can enter them at will according to the context of the situation.

There are multiple levels to our Budo. Everything we physically practice has deeper meanings and benefits beyond just fighting an opponent in a physical contest. Our practices teach rich and powerful life lessons to help us better acknowledge our existence and the environment in which we live. Budo is therefore a path toward constantly revealing or shedding new light on our lives so we can continue to walk straight and true so to stay on the right path - the path of seeing through the darkness.

Ankoku-tōshi jutsu
暗黒透視術 ( the art of seeing through darkness)

暗 Grow dark, be blinded
黒 Black
透 Filter, examine
視 Vision,see through,inspect
術 Skill,strategy,technique
頑張ってください!
南虎

10/12/2020

Takamatsu Tosh*tsugu

Getting close to selling out

⚠After our first week of crowdfunding⚠

It is awesome ! 😃

We almost reached our goal to make this project real.❤️❤️❤️
👉Deluxe versions are almost sold out if you plan to take this version hurry up, there is very little left!
👉There will be standard versions after the campaign that you can buy on our website but you will get the best price and the gifts only during the fundraising period.
Continue to share our crowdfunding page with your friends, we still need your help :
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/takamatsu-tosh*tsugu#/
🙏🙇‍♂️Thank you to all those who have already participated, for the others do not delay too much !!

09/12/2020

Wow!

Tokyo, Japan! 🚁

03/12/2020

TAKAMATSU TOSH*TSUGU

This looks like it will be awesome. 👊👊👊

Ninja Master of the 20th Century | Check out 'TAKAMATSU TOSH*TSUGU' on Indiegogo.

03/12/2020

Onmitsu Kage Co. 隠密陰

We wish the happiest of birthdays to our Soke, Hatsumi Masaaki. 89 long years on this Earth, forging himself and being an inspiration to us all. We can’t thank him enough for his kindness, patience, and guidance through so many decades, and sharing the art of Ninpo with the world.

We will miss singing “Tiny Bubbles” with you this year, Sensei! Happy Birthday!

29/10/2020

GMB Fitness

These are excellent movement drills and patterns that will compliment your taijutsu.

Flexibility doesn't have to be boring.

https://gmb.io/mobility/

16/04/2020

Ninja Posture Hack! Tasuki

Try this ninja hack to keep good posture.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SLI3gPRxRs

Quick demo of Tasuki for posture Bujinkan Goshin Dojo ninjutsu.uk

03/04/2020

Onmitsu Kage Co. 隠密陰

"Among the nine schools, Togakure-ryū is the one that has less information, the one that a lot of people believe is not legitimate; but it was the first one that Hatsumi-sensei presented [to the world], more than Gyokko-ryū, Kotō-ryū, or Takagi Yōshin-ryū.

The name of Togakure, or Togakushi, is named after a place, a village in Japan in the Nagano prefecture, deep in the mountains. We already have the proof and existence of that name already in the 7th century. This place is known to have many caves and waterfalls where a monk, hermit, or ascetic could go to practice, and also, warriors who are looking for places to hide could find sanctuary.
Without talking too much about the history of the school, you need to understand that the name of the school only started to be used as a name maybe six or seven generations after the foundation of the ryū-ha. Of course it’s the name of a village, which means the 'hidden door' or the 'door that hides something'. Just by that alone, you need to understand that what we do, the movement we do, we are always looking for the hidden door. Something that no one can see, or a way to find what the enemy has hidden. What he hides. How to find the weak point that is hidden. And, at the same time, to create a door for which to hide things.

This is how it’s deep Togakure-ryū is. That’s why you have many weapons. That’s why you have 'kakushi buki' (hidden weapons; 隠武器). That is why the movement is really hard to demonstrate.
At the same time, you have a lot of techniques within the school, but everything has to be summarized to a few methods, which when you look at them, it looks strange. You ask yourself if this is even possible to perform this. So, you have to understand a few things about this school and that it is very deep.

When Takamatsu-sensei began learning from Toda-sensei, he started at nine years old. He began with Togakure-ryū, then Gyokko-ryū. And, the first thing that he taught him in Togakure-ryū is the art of walking. Even a prodigy still needs someone to transmit, teach, instruct, and correct him. So my question to you, and listen carefully, is how do children, and Takamatsu sensei was still a child, even one considered a genius, a prodigy at nine years old, not know how to walk? And, this was a child with exceptional abilities of the genius-level. Someone who would quickly reach the level of 'Menkyo Kaiden' (“fully transmitted”; 免許皆伝), the validation of having been transmitted every level of a ryūha, many weapons, techniques, etc.; yet the master said to him that he didn’t know how to move; he needed to learn how to walk? This means something pure and essential, that makes all the techniques truly become sublime and invisible, was not yet known or grasped by Takamatsu-sensei. This is what Togakure-ryū is. Because, one must remember, if you see it, it is not Ninjutsu."

✹ KACEM ZOUGHARI 忍

13/03/2020

Bujinkan Tasmania Budo Dojo 徳武流水武神館武道道場

There are many stages of study and practice involved with Bojutsu, or any weapon for that matter.
The problem lies with students having the desire to make the kata work before they have the fundamental base to do so. This fundamental base is not just the sabaki of the bo, but the concept of distance, angles and timing from the opponent. In the case of the opponent armed with a sword, the first training is to study striking from beyond the swordsman's range. Thus, we learn to study the taijutsu behind the bojutsu. As Soke has written in his Bojutsu book, "it is firstly necessary to understand jujutsu". Too many times I see the student with the Bo move within range of the sword to fulfill their desire to apply or attack the area as written in the densho kata. The form must be understood, but also the pressure of the form to ilicit a response to enable your next move to be effective. Also, people just apply all the movements of the kata in one flow and complete it in one flurry of strikes,thrusts and twirls. This manner is fundamental and is the approach I have demonstrated in our training clips.
From there, the "feeling" and "deception" becomes an important study in the evolution of the kata. Often, the initial strike is to observe the reaction and spirit of the opponent. They may be strong and advance to the inside of your attacks and thus you must move backwards/change angles while performing the kata. Most people only study performing kata in one direction. It must be practiced in all directions and this then becomes Juppou Sesshou no Bojutsu.
Also, because the technique states to strike to the leg, or the side of the head, it does not necessarilly mean that you must be successfull or effective in your attempt. As I said before, people often perform the strikes with a "one track mind" and before they realise it, have fallen into the range of the swordsman and his sword.
"Striking the void, if there is a response in your hands, that is the gokui."
Soke
BOJUTSU is KYOJUTSU.
Many strikes are methods of " feeling out" for an opening and must not be understood as the " means to the end" of the kata. This is why we have nearly 100 bojutsu kata in the Kukishinden Ryu. Depending on the opponent, ones attacks may be at the range to "hit" or "smash" the sword away to reveal an opening directly on the opponents body. Therefore, as an example of Gohou, ( from the Sabaki gata ) knowing that ashi barai ( leg sweep ) may be read, you enter with the sence of "kyojutsu" to draw the opponents defence in mind, body, and technique to gedan ( the lower level ) and then quickly change to yoko men uchi ( side head strike ). Again, this strike does not have to make contact. If it does, that is fine, but the feint may cause the fighting spirit of the opponent to waiver as he becomes confused from the sudden change of direction and the pyschological pressure of the person wielding the staff.
"Striking the void, if there is a response in your hands, that is the gokui."
This is also why Bofuri ( bo twirling ) exists, to confuse the opponent, conceal openings, and make it difficult for the swordsman to know where/when the attack will come from.
There are many approaches to studying Bojutsu.
The kata often write that the Bo attacks the body and limbs and not the actual weapon that stands between you and the opponent. If we study this way, and move to directly attack the oppoents body before disarming them, it is a high level of technique that requires skill in "muto taijutsu." It is the ashi sabaki ( leg work ) that ensures the bo reaches its target and the body is beyond range of the sword. This manner seems to be the majority of the way people in the Bujinkan approach Bojutsu. However, when the pressure is raised, it often happens that the person with the Bo redirects their attention to the weapon and attempts to disarm the opponent by hitting at the weapon rather than attack the body that wields it. This is an important recognition.
What needs to be understood is that the one thing that is constant is "change". That is why "henka" is so important. But, only after many hours of correct form training to focus the right heart and spirit is practiced. Don't go on "automatic pilot" and do the kata as hard and fast as you can. If you do, it is merely a choreographed movement, like a dance. Anyone can do it with enough practice. The art is to become sensitive to the nature and changes of the opponent while utilising the technical acquisitions of the kata and much more. There will be flurries of attacks, pauses, and moments where there is no chance to perform the techniques or strikes that form the kata. This is why we must adapt and train in the variety of kata to understand and deal with these different times.
One must leave behind the desire that we must make contact or even complete the techniques. It is finding the "space" or kukan that enables the kata to live and the bo and body to dance as one.

Recent thoughts about current bojutsu study at the Bujinkan Tasmania Dojo.
南虎

11/03/2020

Bujinkan Tasmania Budo Dojo 徳武流水武神館武道道場

"The softest things in this world maybe harder than the hardest. Soft water can wear away the hardest rock; Soft water can go through the strongest wall. Knowing this, I know the value of calm. Knowing this, I know the value of patience. Knowing this, I know the value of persistence."
-Lao-Tzu

19/02/2020

Just received!
In the early days, it was difficult to find reputable, high quality information. Soke has seen to that, and produced some great material which clears up many myths about ninja and Ninjutsu.

It now looks like we're entering a second phase, with books from Sean and this new publication below. Looking forward to getting into it. Thanks to Peter King's Bujinkan page

29/11/2019

Happy birthday Hatsumi Sensei

We're looking forward to training, and birthday celebrations for Hatsumi Sensei, this weekend. If you hope to request Sensei's calligraphy, but need art supplies, Ishido Gazai in Kashiwa is a good choice. Ishido has a variety of papers and scrolls and they have our book, "Heaven." We now only post "Heaven" to US and Canada so if you're in Japan for training, this is a good opportunity to get "Heaven" and request Hatsumi Sensei's signature.
— Steve
https://ishidogazai.net/access/
https://dojoartbooks.com/

23/10/2019

Onmitsu Kage Co. 隠密陰

I have breaking and important news from Kacem.

Lady’s and gentlemen from the bujinkan. Important news. Two weeks ago, Ishizuka received from hatsumi sôke The menkyo kaiden of gyokko ryu kosshijutsu as well as the title and fonction of sôke (menkyo) of gyokko ryu kosshijutsu. Hatsumi sôke asked Ishizuka daishihan to minister the class on Tuesday and Friday night from now. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Most sincerely Kacem zoughari

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