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Kihon Happou by Soke

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

Kihon Happou

by Soke Hatsumi Masaaki

I have trained myself and instructed others in Kihon Happo and felt that those who have had previous training in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kung Fu, and other fighting techniques tend to stay with those forms and have trouble learning Budo Taijutsu from a “blank slate.” The fighting forms stay with the student even though he starts the training of Budo Taijutsu. When do the previous learned techniques disappear? I think it is up to a person’s individual talent. The phenomenon is just like a dialect disappearing after one lives in a different part of the country.

No matter how hard one tries, he will never be a professional announcer if he speaks in dialect. The same can be said for Budo. I also studied various martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Aikido, old-style Budo, and Chinese Budo. In other words, until I encountered Takamatsu Sensei, I was a Budoka (martial artist) with many dialects. One day I began to wonder why and when did I lose those “dialects?” I realized that it was after I lost all my muscle tone after five years of illness.

Discovery of your own dialect is one way of improving Budo. When one reaches a certain degree of skill, he comes up against the “wall,” something he has trouble overcoming. This is the so-called dialect of Taijutsu.

I want to write about how to train yourself when you reach a higher rank during Budo training. I would like to use a Cat Competition as an example. I have had lots of experience in the competition because my wife served as judge of the World Cat Club and I was also vice chairman of the club.

Suppose five top cats are chosen out of hundreds of cats. All of them are wonderful and beautiful, but that alone cannot be judged. With no other way to judge which cat is more beautiful then another, the judges start to look for faults. The one with the most faults drops to fifth, the next, fourth, then third, and so on. The one with the least faults becomes Grand Champion.

Bugei is the same way. If one reaches to a higher rank, he need only eliminate his faults. It may sound easy, but eliminating faults is very difficult to accomplish, because we tend to think we are faultless. Faults can be translated into something different in Budo. They can be suki (unguarded points), or carelessness, presumption, arrogance, etc. they all become our fault. No fault, zero condition is the best. I am zero. I joke that the Soke has no Dan. Zero, no fault that is the target of Bufu Ikkan (living through the martial winds).



Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

Ki 奇 as in Kiseki – miracle

Hon 翻 翻 こぼし 1: spilling; grumbling; 2: waste-water container (tea ceremony)

Ha 初 shodan – start begin

Pou 萌(萌え もえ) 1: sprouting; budding;

From Craig Olson –

Shindo 心动 说 Setsu

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

This is a quick English translation of an excellent piece written by Christian Petrocello on December 13th, 2010.

Shindo 心动 说 Setsu

Being in a high level in martial arts, at work or at a mass activity, it is sometimes an illusion that is double edged. Have many students or subordinates in the company can take to be a person who helps to grow and so does likewise, but also the power and fame can lead you to think that everything revolves around you.

Sometimes having a group of students who follow you as an idol or take courses and be recognized in many places, you can convert your ego in a center where you think everything revolves around your shape and things are done by your actions.Even be successful in work or in the dojo, does not necessarily mean that things are going well, sometimes luck is just temporary.

Development for many centuries the “geocentric” in which it was thought that the planets revolved in relation to land. This geocentric theory (Tendo Setsu) even existed, was developed and brought to light by Claudius Ptolemy in the second century. This was also the view of the universe from before in ancient civilizations like the Babylonians.

Antagonistically to the geocentric theory, a few centuries after the heliocentric theory (Chido Setsu), which had been given by the Greek Aristarchus of Samos, who was based on simple measures of distance between Earth and the Sun, determining a much larger to the Sun than the Earth. More than a millennium later, in the sixteenth century, the theory would be made, this time by Nicolaus Copernicus, one of the most influential astronomers of history.

Looking at the world of Budo, I feel that if people can not realize the degree of humility that allows them to know they are just another link in the history of the Bujinkan (I mean the history of the 9 schools), may fall into egocentric theory (Egoda setsu from my point of view) where they believe others revolve around egos. It’s good that everyone is important, as they are, but we should not deceive the importance comes from the practice time, grades achieved or the pampering and admiration received from Soke. For all that, may be an illusion to feed our ego that keeps us from the true essence of Budo.

I feel it is an easy and constructive way to participate in the classes in Japan to receive the teachings of Soke, the Japanese Shihan, Taikai travel to the other 15 give, and go with the spirit of learning, so we can begin to be to spin in harmony with other beings and have the spirit of Bujin center (sun). Perhaps this would see it as the theory of Chido (earthly way) where we can rotate in relation to coexistence.But sometimes it happens that even though it is participating, the mind does not make the correct observation.

Sometimes people rather than be trying to capture and learn the teachings of Soke, are seeing the color of your hair and prosecute if the Uke attacks is good or bad ukemi. There are also two options when you see other trainers or techniques show sharing his vision of Budo, you can see the mistakes and stay close with your geocentric view, or you can begin to discover the good things everyone has, and then develop a sense of translation and adaptability of the species in the coexistence of a community.

However, transcending aspects and Chido Tendo Setsu Setsu and in relation to the principles of the Ten Chi Jin no Maki Ryaku, we could make an association to look Jin (humanity) with the anthropocentric theory (Jindo Setsu) and Shindo theory Setsu (theocentric ) finding in the latter two basic values of a Bugeisha.

Desmond Morris, in his famous book “The Naked Ape”, writes about the impersonality of modern humanity. A impersonality increases with the number of people around, and that creates an imbalance in our mind, and make it increasingly difficult to be calm. Really quiet to think clearly. It is then true that religions believe in the human a cushion of ideas, so to speak, cushion the fall. But we must not forget that most of the wars in the world, from religions.

I feel that we human beings and especially a Bugeisha (student of martial arts) should be to develop their own potential with respect to its relationship to the world and people, but without forgetting the respect for Shindo Setsu, or divine theory.Not expressed in relation to the old “theocentric theory” half century where it was assumed that everything depended on God, but understand that we also depend largely on our abilities and free will. My feeling stressed, remember there is always something that transcends us as human beings. That which transcends us, is defined in dictionaries as “Divine”

Is that normal human beings and asks himself, not as individuals but as part of all, who we are and where we go, who is behind this whole scenario of the living, and what is their role in it. Well as humans developed an individual consciousness but also realized that there was something higher. A plain language of Swami Satyananda is this explanation lies in “In ancient times, when man lived close to nature, he moved with the spontaneity of natural behavior. His concepts of philosophy, God and morality were not the basic philosophy of society, nation or religion. Were more oriented toward personal evolution. Began to think about making a higher living standard and not a higher level of societal values. We must differentiate the two. Higher values of life are spirituality and higher values of a society governed a civilization and a nation. In today’s world there are many countries with high social standards, but with very low values of life. ”

Protect life, be your own life and enjoy life before they go out of our hands, is a beautiful skill. Difficult to remember every day for many, especially when things seem to be well and successful drunk. It happens that the value of life often come at critical times. Remember the transient in this world, is also to understand that everything changes, accept it is to grow wisely as a human being.

Bujinkan is a martial arts school, but above all a school of life. Members around the world live and learn from their own and other people’s experiences. Living in a community is difficult, fight an easy task, to protect is more complicated, but even more tricky it is to share while protecting and maintaining an open heart to receive.Even as I feel that all we should be in a learning Kamae and not just teachers.Kamae (position) is also learning Shoshin no kamae.

Cultivate human values and divine consciousness reminds me of the teachings of the Bujinkan as Ningensei (humanity) and Shin Shin Gan (divine eyes and heart.)Today I see the world from the perspective of the Ten Chi Jin, as I feel it has awakened in me the teachings of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. The way I will show that there are people who still believe in their personal lives in the geocentric theory (Tendo Setsu 天 动 说), others in the heliocentric theory (Chido Setsu 地动 说), and others in the theory anthropocentric (Jindo Setsu 人 动 说) Perhaps only are levels of development and growth, because everything is temporary.

I feel that achieving the theory of the Heart (心动 说 Setsu Shindo) is of great value to the human in the way of a martial artist.心動説/

Yoroi Kumi Uchi

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

This is one of many photos taken by Sheila Haddad during the 2010 Daikomyosai. Photo and header presented with permission from Sheila.


Daikomyosai photos by Sheila Haddad

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

奇 本 初 丰

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

From Craig Olson.

“Soke also wrote Kihon Happou the Tuesday before DKMS as”:

奇 – Ki – miracle
本 – Hon – essence
初 – Ha – begin/start ie: Shodan
丰 – Pou – grow/bountiful (for people)


Kihon Happou

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2010 by Duncan Stewart

Ki – Season/s

Hon – turnover,change,wave.

Ha – first, new.

Pou – crumble,die,demolish

No personal interpretation. Dictionary translation only.