Asura in Kōfuku-ji, Nara. photo by 小川晴暘 Sanshin is one of the most basic, fundamental, and important concepts in the Bujinkan. Yet even after years of training it remains mysterious and elusive, even one the most misunderstood aspects of our training. Ask your teacher what it is. Many will give you their pat, standard answer given to all beginners. Others will wander off in a glassy-eyed, meandering philosophical and esoteric treatise. And there are even some who will try to tell you how to stand or step while delivering a punch. They may not be wrong. But they probably will be missing key ideas. I will not try to correct anyone except to say, please discard what you think you know. Hatsumi Sensei recently gave us a clue to the secrets of sanshin when he was teaching us about kaname: 全体を捕るということは、要をとる。三身一如のことは言う。 Soke suggests here that you take everything together by only taking what is essential in the moment (kaname). This is sanshin unified as one reality. Three as one.