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New children's training group in Harold's Cross! 🙂
Budo has many faces. A bit of insight from my friend Alex Meehan.
I have a small collection of antique Japanese scrolls related to ninpo and bujutsu, amassed over the last twenty years. Sometimes if I find an interesting one, I bring it to Hatsumi Sensei for his opinion, and he has been very kind with his time over the years, sharing some really interesting points. He can teach many things.
Over the years, he's warned me about unscrupulous dealers who know westerners are sometimes interested in old samurai artefacts and will create fakes. He's shown me some things to look out for.
For example, he can do a kind of a 'trick' - if you hand him a makimono, he will carefully examine it, look at the binding, the core rod and jikusaki end caps, the himo cord that wraps it and then he will smell it, all before opening it. All of these elements are important clues as to the age and provenance of the document. If they don't match, then that can be a warning sign. Old paper smells a certain way. It can be made to look old pretty easily but it's very hard to get it to smell old.
He can usually correctly guess the age of the document, the region it's from, the social class of the original recipient and the approximate value of the scroll, all before opening it. He can often tell you how much you paid for it, all from this information gathering process. He's like a connoisseur of fine wine, who can guess the vintage of a wine by blind tasting it.
Lastly he'll open it up and read it, and then look at the stamps and seals on it, as well as the calligraphy used and any illustrations. There's a lot to appreciate in these old documents. He once told me the approximate date of a scroll from an illustration inside of a 'kyusho map' which included an illustration of a nearly naked man. In the picture, the figure was wearing western-style underpants, instead of fundoshi, and that dated the scroll to a time after that started being normal in Japan. Fascinating stuff.
Anyway, the reason I'm posting this is that something interesting has come up at auction in Japan, and it could be abused by an unscrupulous person and the more people who know about it, the harder that will be.
This appears to be a makimono from the edo period, but it's blank. I've never seen this before, but someone could come along, buy this and write whatever they like in it to create a fake. I'm publishing the photos here, along with an anecdote so that hopefully people will share it, and it will become much harder to pass this off in future as an authentic antique document.
From Duncan Stewart.
Soke is an inspiration to us all at 88 years of age.
He had a wonderful birthday celebration in Noda yesterday thanks to many of his students, both foreign and domestic.
The Japanese characters for kiju literally mean “joy” and “long life.” The celebration of one's 88th birthday is known as beiju or “yone-no-iwai.”
When celebrating beiju in traditional style, the birthday person wears a cap (zukin) and a vest (chanchanko) and sits on a cushion (zabuton) all the color of gold.
nagix.github.io A real-time 3D digital map of Tokyo's public transport system. This data visualization was produced by Akihiko Kusanagi.
Bujinkan Tasmania Budo Dojo 徳武流水武神館武道道場
A Translation of the Chinese scroll ( pictured below ) hanging in the Bujinkan Tasmania Dojo.
Thanks to Wendy Lin
“To endure is the highest form of tolerance.
Gossips and rumours, let them be. When encountering anything in life, to think it through before taking any actions is the true hero’s way.
To endure and be modest, the disaster will pass itself.”
Tip of the day. If you want to get good at sword work, start by doing the complete opposite of this guy.🤭
"Forget your sadness, anger, grudges, and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in the breeze. You should not deviate from the path of righteousness; you should lead a life worthy of a man. Don't be possessed by greed, luxury, or your ego.
You should accept sorrows, sadness and hatred as they are, and consider them a chance for trial given to you by the powers... a blessing given by nature. Have both your mind and your time fully engaged in budo, and have your mind deeply set on bujutsu."
Thanks to David Heslington for that one! 😂
From Duncan Stewart. Ganbatte kudasai!
The more you train, the more it should feel the peak is unattainable. Infact, it’s not even necessary to have the desire to reach the summit. Take it slow, and catch your breath. Take one step at a time. Experience each step for what it is. Smile,cry,feel frustrated or happy. Whatever you feel, just allow it.
Budo is a path of returning to the self, and this comes with the acceptance of all that the human condition entails.
If you continue the path of a bugeisha to the end, you have succeeded as a martial artist in my eyes. It’s not about your skill or if you are a good fighter. It’s about the journey.
The end will come. Concentrate on the roots, not the flowers. We will all enter the spirit world eventually. This is where you will bloom and become a beautiful flower.
If you rush in this world to flower, what happens next? Where can you go? In the natural world ( the world of the martial arts ) you will just wither and die. Do you want this?
So, take it slow and absorb the best you can the path of learning to be an authentic human.
Don’t worry. It won’t happen in this lifetime. Lol. Acknowledge it and live it simply and as straight forward as you can.
Budo is life and life is budo.
If you make that connection sincerely, you will never quit or cease to be a practitioner of the martial arts.
From Duncan Stewart.
“Grasping that losing, being thrown, getting punched, having a reversal applied, being beaten hollow, that makeru ( to lose ) is the koppou ( gist ) of ma-keru ( kicking the demon ), self confidence will finally be born.”
Great days training with me aul pal Doug Wilson last Saturday, thanks to Alex Meehan. The 'town halls' have recovered. 😉🤣
Thanks again to Master Tengu.
Oh, what a class to remember! Soke spoke in detail about the subject of his collecting and its importance to our training. Sensei started the class by laying out 3 old Japanese guns called teppo, matchlocks from 1543 manufactured in the Tanegashima region of southern Japan. Two of them were quite small and light, suitable for use by women Soke speculated.
Later after the painting break, Hatsumi Sensei started talking about the teppo again, sort of. He said there were “a lot of fake Budoka in the world. Only the Bujinkan is the real thing like the weapons I bring in”. By way of an example he told us about hollowing out a bamboo pole that was big enough to hide the small teppo inside. He said a string would have been attached to the trigger which could be pulled when the target was in sight. This was an assasin’s technique. The bamboo would minimize the smell of the burning fuse as well as keep the powder dry in a rain. He called this a kind of “Muto Dori of thinking”. He did not know if this particular teppo was in fact used for this, but it was small enough that it could have been.
Sensei also spoke about recently acquiring a unique kind of Omiyari which had a padded metal sleeve locked in place up near the blade. When released by a twist of the wrist, the sleeve could slide down along the shaft or tsuka of the yari. This feature would have been used for rapidly pushing the yari with the rear hand through the lead hand which was holding the sleeve with a minimum amount of friction creating lightning fast thrusts.
Sensei went on to say that he was bringing these weapons to class to show us the real deal. It was important for 15dans to know first hand about real things such as swords, yari, and teppo. They were at the foundation of our art. “We need to think about the creative mind behind the design and use of these weapons. Most other Budoka are just talk, they don’t have these kind of weapons to show what is real.” He said if you do not have these weapons to study and train with, you cannot honestly know what you are teaching about. Soke has said many times before that 15dans should be buying real weapons for this purpose.
Sensei also commented that he was buying these weapons to raise the status of the Bujinkan, perhaps to support our authenticity and legitimacy. He would like to build a museum to house more than 300 swords, armor, assorted pole arms, teppo and 5 large trunks of scrolls, densho, and makemono. A place where we can all go to study this vast tradition in depth and learn about the evolution of Japanese weapon technology and its influence on the movement of the body in our Taijutsu. He says he needs about 200 million dollars to accomplish this, in case you win the lottery.
There are currently research programs in Japan at the University level studying Ninjutsu. They are gathering old manuscripts and letters and translating them into modern Japanese and turning out research papers about the “Way of the Ninja”. Sensei, however, was not suggesting that we become those kind of scholars, instead he feels the only way to understand the truth about Ninjutsu and Budo is through training. “You have to learn it, but you have to learn it by doing!”
A big thank you to my Budo Brother, Christian Petroccello, for the great pics!
Thanks to Master Tengu.
As most everyone connected to the Bujinkan already knows thanks to the speed of social media, Hatsumi Sensei unveiled the new Daishihan patch during the painting break in class last night. After he was done with painting and before training resumed I had the opportunity to ask him about the significance of the colors on the patch. He said the gold color for the kanji denotes the highest attainment, a bit like the gold standard use to be what commerce and economies were based on. The purple field surrounding the kanji also represents the highest level of achievement. Maybe this is related to the esoteric color of the purple lotus bud which is linked symbolically to attaining enlightenment in a single lifetime. The whole patch is bordered by a red circle which symbolizes the sun, as Sensei said, the giver and sustainer of life.
I think this is a nod to Amaterasu Omikami, the legendary Japanese sun goddess, who not liking what she saw in the world sealed herself in a cave and our world fell into darkness. When she finally was enticed out of the cave she went up into the sky to shine her brilliant light over the earth. Her brilliant return to bringing light back to the world and with it the renewal of life is celebrated in Japan on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. Maybe in some small way this patch symbolizes renewal in the Bujinkan as we begin to shift from one generation to the next.
From Doug. 🙂
Muto Dori is the echelon of martial arts ability for the cultivation of peace rather than war. It is the effortless ability to make infinite connections with heaven earth and man. Know the sword, but do not live by it. Do not allow it to control you. Control the space, not the sword or the fight. Cultivate the ability to see good in all things and to cut through the veil of deception or greed. The sword of no swords. Muto Ikkan!
Fantastic Tai-Kai!! 😊😊😊
Gekkan by hatsumi sensei at the 1998 italian tai kai . The year of Shinden fudo ryu
What a fantastic days training with Pedro, to honour his student and my friend Marcus Dwyer.
There was a huge turnout to celebrate Marcus life and love for budo, and a few tears were shed.
I consider myself lucky to have met some wonderful people over the years. Some are gone too soon, but will continue to live on in the hearts of the people who were part of that life. Lineage. ❤
From Duncan Stewart.
“Too many people are fighting.
I’m just moving. Don’t fight.
You don’t have to win. Just don’t lose.”
Honbu March 2019
Thanks Michael Schjerling.
Our good friend Rene Hvid died very sudden last week and I am thinking of him contemplating on the teachings from soke.
Ko Teki Ryu Da Juppo Sessho. When the Tiger dies the Dragon is born. In this case it was the white fox which was his warrior name.
When the warrior is young he should train and practice as such with allot of physicality in the material realm. When getting older his bigger efficiency comes from his wisdom and his openness to the spirit world.
Negotiation between Tiger and Dragon. In the end this gives birth to mind of muto dori.
Biken jutsu taken a step too far... 🙄
... I studied the blade.
Via:Everyday No Days Off - Gun Blog
Eleven years ago in Honbu Dôjô, Hatsumi sensei repeated the univeral truth of the transmission of a ryû - follow the master, not yourself. Don't think about expressing your own self in the practice - follow the path that has already been made with many lives sacrified. (Also nice to see a young(er) Kacem translating for Hatsumi sensei!)
A quick note on returning to training.
Just return to training.
Don’t wait for the right time - it will never come.
The right time to train is whenever you can.
I’d love to see you at training twice a week but I’m happy enough to see you once a month if that’s what you’ve got.
My original teacher in Bujinkan once asked Hatsumi sensei how many students he had (the Bujinkan at the time had grown to a large international organisation). Soke replied: “Only one - whoever is in front of me”. This is true of all teachers in all dōjōs. If you’re present we can train together if you’re absent we can’t.
The time is right now.
My good friend Marcus has passed over. 💔💔💔💔💔
It is with great sadness we write this. Yesterday our Sensei, mentor, and above all friend, Marcus Dwyer, passed away. He was an inspiration to all of us, his family, his students, his friends. We are all deeply shocked by this news.
Our thoughts are with Marcus and his family.
Past and present club members, we are gathering tonight in the Dojo at our usual class time, 8PM, in remembrance of Marcus.
From Duncan Stewart.
生活 Seikatsu (Lifestyle)
Guidelines on the important foundation of a healthy lifestyle for a Budoka (martial artist), passed down to Hatsumi-Sensei by Takamatsu-sensei:
Stretching exercises for thirty minutes before sleep.
Raw food and exercise.
Respecting the Gods and Buddhas.
Whatever may happen, don’t become anxious / fearful.
Go with the natural flow of things (Kami-nagara gyōun-ryūsui).
Make simplicity / innocence the foundation (kihon) of your lifestyle. (The simple life.)
“You mustn’t become angry, don’t allow your heart (to be clouded) by anger.”
“戸隠流忍法体術 Togakure Ryu Ninpō Taijutsu, Masaaki Hatsumi (1983 Japanese Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha)
Original post by Mark Franco.
From Duncan Stewart.
"Practicing under Takamatsu-sensei always gave me a shudder. It was always painful. Pain that would last with me for days. The man knew how to kill. Compliments were nonexistent. His instruction under Toda-sensei was even more severe. The slaughterhouse. That is what he called Toda-sensei's dōjō during his time there. He was told that only through suffering can you truly grasp the essence of ninjutsu and what it is to persevere in life. He taught me that a true master of bujutsu is not there to be a disciple's friend. They are not meant to be like a parent who nurses their young. To survive in combat and in life, the trials must be difficult, often painful. A true master pushes his student not just physically, but psychologically as well. Then, he observes. Will the student stay the course? Will he stop and give up? Will he become angry? Feel betrayed? Is he led by his emotions or ego? Will he break? These tests go on for years. In that time, an individual's true character will emerge. 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
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