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Bujinkan Japan Training Winter 2015

Below I share a preview of my Bujinkan video exploring the kata 片胸捕 kata mune dori using concepts from my training in Japan over the last couple of weeks.

Hatsumi Sensei has been very reflective. Part of this comes from his birthday. And part of it is due to the end of a 42 year cycle that he says began when Takamatsu Sensei passed away.

In the full video at rojodojo I share many of the stories Hatsumi Soke shared with us. Some of the details include:

  • What the future holds for the Bujinkan;
  • Hatsumi Sensei’s funny opinion about his 8mm footage with Takamatsu Sensei;
  • How Soke feels about his age;
  • The responsibility of our generation for Budo;
  • Two profound lessons from the 天津鞴韜馗神之秘文 amatsu tatara kishin no hibun;
  • A hidden meaning for 親切 shinsetsu;
  • How does Senou Sensei consider 姿勢 shisei and 態勢 taisei in training?
  • Hatsumi Sensei’s stories of lodging at Takamatsu Sensei’s house;
  • Stories of the terrifying training that Soke did with Takamatsu Sensei;
  • How Hatsumi Sensei survived a live blade attack from Takamatsu;
  • How Takamatsu demonstrated deadly force to Hatsumi Sensei;
  • Why Takamatsu didn’t really teach Hatsumi Sensei form;
  • How “bad people” are dealt with in the Bujinkan;
  • How to keep from being controlled by religion;
  • One of the most important purposes for the dojo;
  • My own experiences as uke for Hatsumi Sensei;
  • Turning accidents into fortune;
  • Cutting through truth;
  • Don’t confuse Fudoshin with kamae;
  • Using the eyes for evasion;
  • Throwing the self away and finding what is hidden in zero;
  • The importance of the “next one.”

Hatsumi Sensei said that he has taught us everything there is to teach in the Bujinkan over the last 42 years. But he added that we will be continuing from zero. Over the coming weeks, I will share more about these details from my experiences in Japan. But I made this video for rojodojo to get this information out quickly. You can enjoy the full length video and help support my teaching over at Rojodojo.com

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