New Godan for Bujinkan Tasmania
Recently a student of mine from Tasmania visited Japan for training. It was good to see him here again.
Elio has been training for 11 years and has done so with sincerity and determination.
It was a Sunday at the Bujinden. It was a nice day and Soke’s training was fantastic, but confusing as usual. We had just finished using the Rokushaku Bo when Soke ended the class and asked if there were any people wishing to sit for the fifth dan test. I mentioned to Sensei that a student of mine intended to sit the test. Soke then turned to the weapons racks below the kamidana and handed me a fukuro Rokushaku Bo.
Everyone was suprised when they saw me standing behind Elio with the Bo. It was definately a unique experience unfolding before everyone that day.
I asked Soke how he wished me to use the Bo. He replied, ” Anyway you wish.”
After feeling for the correct distance with my surroundings and Elio, the test began. I rose the Bo above my head in a wide grip like an Odachi ( long battle sword ).
A moment passed, and Elio took taihenjutsu to avoid the Bo with perfect timing!
Everybody clapped and congratulated Elio on successfully completing the test.
It was a wonderful moment for Elio and the Bujinkan Tasmania Dojo.
With Soke at the Ayase Budokan.