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Noda Junior High School Embu 2006

Posted in 1 on December 23, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

Photo taken by Urban Grundstrom

This Embu was on a sunday.  It was on the playing field of a Junior High School in Noda. The ground was very unstable and the vibrations from the Mompa ( battle hammer ) when it hit the ground was felt from everyone sitting about 10 metres away!

The following day was National Sports Day and the annual Ayase Budokan Embu. Many of the same particpants from the Noda High School Embu performed for this important Bujinkan Embu aswell.

 Photos of both Embu can be seen at .

Thanks to Bujinkan Tetsu Dojo in Sweden.


Posted in 1 on December 23, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

Nagato Sensei, Steve, Oliver, Dimitri, Daniel, Myself.

Shugyo January Clips

Posted in 1 on December 16, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

For those interested in joining the Shugyo training for the first time, or renewing their previous subscription, we would like to let you know about the up and coming January clips for download.

Training in Japan with Soke and the Shihan will finish by the end of the month. As a result, there will be a rest period for approximately two weeks.

We have a special offer for those subscribing for January!

During the break period, we will offer 6 previously unreleased clips for download!

If you subscribe for three or six months ( starting in January ), you will receive the 6 bonus ( holiday special clips ) plus 4 clips based on training and philosophy from the  first classes of the New Year with Soke and the Shitenno!!

This is a total of 10 clips for the month of January!!

The first class for Soke begins on the 5th of January. We will record on Sunday 1oth after his third class. The first clip of the New Year will be then available that week!

If you want to know the theme and what happened at Sokes first classes of the New Year, subscribing is a must!

Please note, This offer does not apply to 1 month subscribers.

Details will be available soon through

I’d also like to reiterate the following:

The Shugyo Clips are to predominantly give a visual interpretation of the Budo Taijutsu currently practised with Soke and the Japanese Shihan. The clips are not intended to thoroughly pass on philosophy,details on technique,densho, and themes, etc. These points will be raised, but only in a general sence.

If you wish to hear or know more, please read my blog and follow the latest entries that will hopefully compliment the Shugyo clips.

This service is not intended to replace training in Japan or with the jugodan around the world. It is but another resource for students who wish to develop a broader knowledge through the eyes of a foreigner residing and studying at the Bujinkan Dojo in Japan.

Also, a more user friendly download system will be operating very soon. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Duncan & Craig

Hot & Cold

Posted in 1 on December 12, 2009 by Duncan Stewart


It’s now winter in the northern hemisphere. Those aches and pains are now making there way to the surface and reminding me ( again ) that taking care of the body is so important.

Many Zen monks take hot bathes and cold bathes alternatively.  In the bathroom, there are two tubs, one with hot water and another with cold water.  They dip in the hot one for awhile and then slowly dip in the cold one for as long as they can.  Then, they repeat this cycle four to six times.

Nagato Sensei suggested this to me in regards to strengthening the immune system. However, it is not necessary to completely submerge the whole body in a tub of water. Foot baths are just as good and obviously more convenient. We can also perform this process to any other parts of our body that has been prone to stress, injury, or is just overworked.

The alternating of hot-and-cold bathes is apparently far more effective in building a stronger body. It seems to increase immune resistance, improve circulation, enhance tolerance against very hot or very cold weather, and loosens muscle tensions.

This is fascinating because this ‘hot and cold” process is used to create strong, durable, and beautiful Japanese swords.  A sword maker first heats a block of iron in very high temperature oven.  Then, he will “strike while the iron is hot.”  Next, he will put the semi-shaped iron block into cold water to chill it.  He repeats this hot and cold process until the iron block is perfectly shaped and strengthened as a steel sword. 

The “stress” of this alternating “hot and cold” processes seems to enhance our physical as well as mental durability and strength.

Karada Odaijini Kudasai.


The ” Mind & Eyes of a Child “

Posted in 1 on December 11, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

I have a book shelf full of various books, of various titles, genres,fiction,non fiction, and general interest topics. I have never ( in my son’s presence ) taken out any of Soke’s books to read or have left them lying around the house.

Kai has a keen interest in books and loves to draw now. Whenever he visits the book shelf, he routinely takes out Soke’s four Kodansha books!

Last night, he took out ” Japanese Sword Fighting “. He sat down and pointed to Soke on the cover and looked up at me as he did so.

 He then proceeded to flick through the pages. The first page he stopped at had the subtitle ” Master and Student ” ( page 160 ).   He looked up at me and pointed at the title.

He then flicked through the pages again and stopped and pointed to a picture of Takamatsu Osensei in Kenjutsu kamae (  page 210 ).

There is a connection, and this connection is not about words, but feeling.

I found this evening very interesting and enjoyed the moment greatly.

The mind and eyes of a child.

Walking with Soke

Posted in 1 on November 28, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

Last night at training we had many people in the dojo from around the world. They were here in Japan for Hatsumi Sokes annual Daikomyosai.

Soke transmitted that the videos and books that he as released and continues to produce are but mediums for those who wish to walk with him along the road of budo.

So, everyone please listen to the breath between this comment from Soke and hear the Bufu Ikkan and heart of the true martial artist.

I’m sure everyone here is looking forward to the three days of training with Soke and the Shihan next week. I will attempt to write something during the Taikai so those not able to be here can still have a sence of connectedness and walk with Soke through the training with the Bujinkan heart.


Shugyo Training is now available!

Posted in 1 on November 26, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

The Shugyo Training Clips from Japan are now available for download !

Go to  to create an account and subscribe!

We are in the early stages of this service. So, we hope you will be patient with us. It is our aim to continue to improve the quality of this service on a regular basis.

The training you will see on the clips is based on my experiences in the dojo. I am but a student living in Japan wishing to study correctly in accordance with the instruction of my teachers. Of course, what I do is purely my interpretation. So please do not take what I say and do as “gospel truth!”.

In saying that, if you view the clips and don’t like them, or disagree with what I say or do, I can’t help that! If you do see value in what we are providing, it is my sincere hope that it helps you with your Shugyo; learning budo for life.

The clips are not intended to be instructional. The clips are intended for those Bujinkan members who wish to maintain a connection with  training in between their trips to Japan,Taikai,or training with people who live in or visit Japan regularly.

The concept is to only give ideas to aid everyone in continuing their own personal training and stay close to the training as experienced in Japan.

We will concentrate on mostly “henka” and not that of  kata. Particular points that I feel as important will be generally expressed.  However, for  understanding of particular themes, specific training in techniques, philosophy etc, it is essential that everyone continues their own studies and maintain their connection with their Dojo, the Shihan, and Soke in Japan.

I must stress that it is very important for everyone ( no matter what rank ) to firstly purchase Soke’s DVDs and books and study them as well as you can. These are his wishes!

 I hope that the Shugyo clips can also help maintain a spark in your training and understanding of the importance in maintaining a connection with Soke,the Shihan in Japan, and the Jugodan around the world.

Note: There are pre-recorded clips dating back to September 2009 on the  tenguweapons/shugyo website ready for download. Please take advantage of the special offers so you can gain a better “feeling” of what was practised weekly here in Japan earlier this year.

I sincerely hope that you like and find this simple service to be of benefit to you and your training in the Bujinkan Martial Arts.


” the only way to get better is to train!” 


Posted in 1 on November 21, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

Soke moves in such a way that naturally captures the mind and desires of his opponents. Soke moves in such a way that he is nullifying peoples attacks before they can execute them. This is not a predetermined movement, or his search for weakpoints. It is but moving naturally in the moment.

Moving in ” the now ” with a sincere heart, keeps Soke alive and unaffected by those who move with desire. I believe that Soke can read intentions due to this. It is seemingly magical to us, and is viewed as mysterious, yet it is the fact that it is so natural, that it is supernatural!

The connection Soke holds with people is based on training and his ability to “let go” and move unrestricted by predetermined thoughts or desires for a specific outcome. Soke moves himself without he even knowing where or what he is doing. However, he always remains in control inside and outside of the dojo, regardless of his position in the environment.

Kyojutsu is the base here. However, many people believe that kyojutsu is a mind game and is delivered intellectually. It isn’t. By first learning to control yourself, you will then naturally influence other by just living out your life. This is life. Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho is life, and has been with man since the beginning.

True Kyojutsu works naturally. It lives through sincerity and pure living. Living that comes direct from a straight heart.This kyojutsu protects you even when you are not intending to use it. The base of kyojutsu is sincerity. Through sincerity, we are able to see the truth of people and their actions. The more you train, I believe this. However, it really depends on how we ourselves are able to keep on a true path and not stray from the teachings.

Soke moves without pursuing an outcome. He walks forward and finds the light of life from this action alone. With a heart beating strongly and a will forged by training and the understanding of mu and fudoushin, he defeats his opponents by pure naturalness.

He moves as natural as the wind blows. With this he captures the martial winds and they protect him like a charm in order to fulfill his duty to pass on the truth of budo. For those that do not possess or strive to study and cleanse themselves in order to have a pure heart, they will forever be captured by the sincerity and kyojutsu that flows with the true budoka of the Bujinkan.

Soke has also said that it is not a concern to study the waza from the densho. He said this is why he had no concern about publishing them in his previous book. The reason being is that budo cannot be understood through just the study of technique. The most important point in budo is to understand what it is that hides within the movements. From there, one can come to understand the Gokui of the martial arts. A student can only come to understand this by studying with a true teacher.

While speaking about teachers. I will mention that the Bujinkan, as everyone is aware, has levels that end with 15th dan.But this is not true. The learning never ceases.It is in fact the beginning of the training! 15th dan is when you begin! Soke has mentioned that the 15th dans are the people everyone must train with now. It is also important to understand, that among them are teachers that are both good and bad. The art of being a student is to first know this, and then discern by developing the “eyes of budo ” in order to see the truth.

The bujinkan grades hold within them the meaning of life. The grades are infact a life cycle that enlightens us to the truth of maruichi, and the harmony between life and death.

Obtaining the 15th rank is truly a beginning. It is to know that study never ends, and that we all must persevere with our own training for as long as we can. The connection and ability to communicate with people and the environment  is extremely important. This connection ( tsunagaru ) is the link between life and death. It is like the thickness of a piece of paper ( kami hitoe ). Soke wishes us to understand the connection between things and to help us do this, look at budo through the eyes of an artist.


He often asks his uke to explain the feeling. He has mentioned that this is to help us learn to express ourselves in ways that are unfamiliar to us. We must attempt to put into words the “unexplainable”. We are being taught to develop an acute awareness of things and not to take the trivial things that happen in our lives to lightly. There is a meaning to everything. Everything affects something. We must develop a mind to pick up on these things and see to the truth of them. From there we must find the connections.

Leaving behind the waza and entrusting ourselves to the void ( mu ), is where our training ultimately lies. From this point, Soke has stated that we then will understand the essence of budo.

In training, the aim is to match the rhythm and flow of the opponent while leaving no openings. This requires a transcendence of the ego. If we can not let go of ourselves, then we cannot “feel” what the opponent is doing or is planning on doing. Only by training with the right mind and heart can we hope to enter this state of nothingness and mould ourselves naturally and therefore correctly to the moment in motion.

Soke has also recently mentioned the importance for the jugodan to train with him. He is teaching the lessons of ukemi. The lessons of ukemi must be understood as more than just physically avoiding harm by taking breakfalls. Ukemi is far deeper in significance. It is the base of survival in all realms of life. We can see ukemi in the animal kingdom. Ukemi begins with the heart. It’s instinct. The knowing of how to take proper ukemi is to know the nature of man. Ukemi is in fact the basis of the ways of invisibility. Ukemi is the way of the ninja.

The rotation of the themes over the years within the bujinkan dojo have been a natural process. Sokehas said that he has never planned the themes to be in a set order. Everything naturally unfolded as it should be. We have had this years themes of nawa no kankaku, sainou kon ki, tsunagaru, etc. Next year will be rokkon shou jou. Soke has mentioned that this is another example of this natural linkage and that rokkon shou jou is but a theme to encapsulate and compliment the years prior.

Bufu Ikkan

Shugyo Bujinkan Training Clips On-line soon !

Posted in 1 on November 10, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

The Shugyo ” Bujinkan Training Review Clips” have recieved the final word of encouragement and sanction from the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan!

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As a result, we will commence the subscription service very soon!

Details of the service and how to subscribe, will be displayed shortly on the Tengu Weapons website and

It is our hope that you feel this concept is of value and assists you in your training until you return to Japan to train with Soke and his Shihan.

We aim to continually improve the quality of the filming and develop this concept in a professional manner. We also believe that the content is much more important than “flashy” productions. So, this service will be simple and straight forward in it’s filming and editing.

We sincerely hope that you benefit from this service and that it helps you in your studies of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.


Duncan & Craig.

The Path of Duty

Posted in 1 on November 5, 2009 by Duncan Stewart


This is the way for those who want to learn my strategy:

Do not think dishonestly.

The Way is in the training itself.

Become acquainted with every Art.

Know the Ways of all professions.

Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.

Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.

Percieve those things which cannot be seen.

Pay attention even to trifles.

Do nothing which is of no use.

Miyamoto Musashi


The Big Toad

Posted in 1 on November 5, 2009 by Duncan Stewart


A Big toad had spent his youth at the dim bottom of a deep well, bullying the frogs and growing ever more arrogant about his size and power.

One day the toad fell into a bucket and was drawn up itno the light where he saw a whole new world and creatures larger and more powerful than he. Amazed and fearful, he threw himself back into the well saying,

” Perhaps I’m not much after all, but these frogs will never know! “

Ura ni wa ura ga aru

Posted in 1 on November 5, 2009 by Duncan Stewart


Ura ni wa ura ga aru

                                                                                                                              ” The reverse side has it’s reverse side”


Paul Masse Seminar DVD

Posted in 1 on November 4, 2009 by Duncan Stewart




Tanuki Dojo Seminar DVD promo part 1

Posted in 1 on November 4, 2009 by Duncan Stewart



Training in Japan – Tengu weapons on-line Bujinkan training updates

Posted in 1 on November 4, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

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Craig Olson and I have been discussing having clips on his website  for download through subscription. The clips would be my practise based on the classes I attend here in Japan with the Japanese Shihan and Hatsumi Soke.

The clips would be around 2-5 minutes long.

The clips are not intended to be instructional. The clips are intended for those Bujinkan members who wish to maintain a connection with  training in between their trips to Japan,Taikai,or seminars with people who live or visit Japan.

The concept is to only give ideas to aid everyone in continuing their own personal training and stay close to the training as experienced in Japan.

We will concentrate on mostly “henka” and not that of  kata. Particular points will be mentioned, but for further understanding and clarity, it is essential that everyone maintains their connection with their teachers, the Shihan and Soke in Japan.

I must stress that it is very important for everyone ( no matter what rank ) to firstly purchase Soke’s DVDs and books and study them as well as you can. These are his wishes.

The proposed clips are not intended to take place of your normal dojo training or attendance to seminars and Japan. We hope that the clips but help maintain a spark in your training and understanding of the importance to maintain a connection with Soke, the Shihan and Japan.

We will not go ahead unless we feel there will be enough people interested in the service.

Cost will be a minimal monthly payment and will be user friendly.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please show us your interest by replying to this post.

Many thanks in advance,

Duncan & Craig

Ninja Sense

Posted in 1 on June 10, 2009 by Duncan Stewart

Iv’e had over the last few years many comments regarding my blog. All have been very positive. Thank you.

People have also asked me. “Why do you write pages and not posts?

Well, from my experience training in Budo, nothing comes to you served on a sliver platter. Soke asks everyone to have the confidence in themselves and take control of their own lives. This means that on occassions he infact turns his back on people to make them realise that they must rely on themselves. 

Soke doesn’t teach budo in a 1,2,3 step manner. It’s up to us to discern the best way for our own lives. We must capture the essence and the secrets by our own means. Therefore, he admonishes us to hold the mindset of an anthropologist and seek out the connections of man and budo while learning about life and the wonders of the natural,spiritual and historical world that has gone before us.

The way of Ninpo is not one that can be understood. Also, the common sense of a ninja is not necessarily the same as the common sense of an un-trained person. So, for someone that gets frustrated when another doesn’t follow the “most logical way”  or  the ” most common way”, they cannot be called martial artists.

I have naturally found that I wrote pages in order to make people seek. If people really want to read my words borrowed by my teachers, than they must search. If it is something new, something that they haven’t yet read before, then it’s up to them to take the time and look for it. It’s always more rewarding when you find something after expressing a little individual effort don’t you think?

Soke has often said that it is good to go over or re-read books from time to time. As a result, we may actually come to understand the words written in a completely different way. This is natural.

So, if you accidently click onto a page that you have previously read, you may decide to read it again. If so, I hope you get something different out of it than when you first read it.

After that, you may browse the pages a little more until an unfamiliar one sparks your interest. This is probably a new inclusion. Therefore, you have found what you are searching for and will be happy.

Thank you for supporting this blog.


Good luck in your training,