Otonashi no Kamae, 音無しの構

technique Jul 21, 2017

While training the The Hanbōjutsu of Kukishin Ryū in Japan during the Spring of 2008, Unsui Sensei explained to me the use of otonashi no kamae.

His lesson was premised on the principle of “be an easy target for your opponent.” But the...

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Introduction to Tessenjutsu

technique Dec 17, 2014

At our Dojo, we began Tessenjutsu in September, 2014. Our goal is to complete the Kamae Kihon and Kata by January, 2015. To help support this training and make it more comprehensive, I’ve written this article as an introduction to this...

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On Maki Agi

technique the dojo Jul 13, 2013

There’s two new blocks of concrete hanging around the Dojo right now. Actually, there is going to be quite a few over the next few months as I build by hand each piece of training equipment for Hojo undō. Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese term,...

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On Kata

technique Oct 24, 2012

There sure is alot of discussion about ‘form.’ It seems that this discussion is really centered around the varying training methods of instructors in the Bujinkan Dojo. I really don’t see instructors from the Jinenkan or the...

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On Kia

technique Mar 03, 2012

I found this little gem in some old notes today dating back to from May, 2001. It is on Kiai, 気合.

“Today we trained the final techniques of the Naginatajutsu and there was a strong emphasis on the use of specific kiai. The use of this...

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Many Pieces of Paper

technique Feb 25, 2012

While training Gyokko Ryū with Sensei and my colleagues, he stopped our lesson briefly to explain that your movement “should be like many pieces of paper having the same thickness as one.” Without seeing his body language while...

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Tora no Maki

technique Feb 01, 2012

真剣型体術
Sensei began by explaining that the Shinken Gata followed the same kata sequence as the Kukishinden Ryu with the exception of added kata at each level. The distinguishing differences between the Kukishinden Ryū Dakentaijutsu and the Tora no...

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