Archive for March, 2010

Nawa no Kankaku Bushinden Kai 2009 DVD

Posted in 1 on March 29, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

The DVD set is now ready to order!

Please click on the link to see a trailer!!/video/video.php?v=379549243690&ref=mf

If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact the Tanuki Dojo at

Sainou Kon KI DVD

Posted in 1 on March 26, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

In 2009 I visited the Tanuki Dojo in New Jersey.

A DVD of that Bushinden Kai will be available soon!

If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact the Tanuki Dojo:


Posted in 1 on March 16, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

Shuhari is a Japanese martial arts concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery. It is sometimes applied to other disciplines, such as Go.

ShuHaRi roughly translates to Learn, Detach and Transcend.

Shu (守:しゅ, “protect”, “obey”) — traditional wisdom — learning fundamentals, techniques,proverbs.

Ha (破:は, “detach”, “digress”) — breaking with tradition — finding exceptions to traditional wisdom, reflecting on their truth, finding new ways, techniques, and proverbs.

Ri (離:り, “leave”, “separate”) — transcendence — there are no techniques or proverbs, all moves are natural, no form, no constraints. 

Shu Ha Ri can be considered as concentric circles, with Shu within Ha, and both Shu and Ha within Ri. The fundamental techniques and knowledge do not change.

During the Shu phase the student should loyally follow the instruction of a single teacher; the student is not yet ready to explore and compare different paths.

Often people view this process within the realm of physical skill training only.

However, I’d like to look through a wider and deeper lense to view how this process possibly relates to the evolution and future of the Bujinkan during Sokes reign as Grandmaster of the nine schools.

In Yo Bu Shin

Posted in 1 on March 10, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

It has often been mentioned that Tanryoku  胆力 or “guts” is an essential element to understanding the world of budo and advacning as a martial artist.

Depending on the kanji, Tanryoku  弾力 can signify ” elasticity,resilience, and adaptability” as well.

Let us think about the relationship of the varying kanji and look through to the hidden and essential component required to understand the bugeisha’s heart.  

隠 要 武 心 
In Yo Bu shin

 In  隠 signifies to hide or conceal.

Yo  要 means the “main point” or “essence”.

Bu  武 translates as ” warrior “

Shin  心 Signifies ” heart” or “spirit”.

隠 要 武  心
Soke has recently mentioned this.


photos by Sheila Haddad.