Joanne, training at Ayase as a green belt (93). She's a bit bewildered, we can all probably relate to that !!

What Rank Should You Be to Train with Soke in Japan?

I get asked this question a LOT over the years. What rank do you think you should be in order to get the most out of your training in Japan? I imagine most Shidoshi and Shihan have their own answer to this question, that generally fall into three rank categories: Option one: No specific rank…

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Massive 4 tatami cut! Note his shoulders and the line of the blade coming through the target

Sword Training with a Japanese Shihan

Throughout my many years of traveling to Japan for training, I would make specific time to work with one of the top Japanese Shihan who is well known for his skill with the sword. Some say Someya Sensei was taught sword by Hatsumi Soke, others may say Manaka[1] was his sword teacher and still others…

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Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu-Truth, Loyalty and Justice School

Not much is known about this Bujinkan Ryu. Soke Hatsumi has not taught much, if any of it in public that I am aware of. What I know of this Ryu is limited to a couple of conversations with Soke and one demonstration of a technique that I will discuss below. First read this short…

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Sitting with Soke watching a Daikomyosai video and studying the key points.

Will Your Training Save you (part 2)

Make sure you read Part 1 first! SO, what IS the best way to train? How do we know our training will save us in our darkest hour? The short answer is: There is no magic way to train to guarantee success in all situations. You have heard that there are no guarantees in life, right?…

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Phil Multi

Will Your Training Save You? (part 1)

When it really counts, will your training be there for you? When your life or those of others is on the line, will your training come through? Will you win the day or will you realize tragically that it proved inadequate to successfully deal with a violent situation? In my opinion this is a question…

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Phil Alone

How I Train Alone?

I am often asked how to train alone. Training on your own is really important to becoming a better martial artist in any style. This is no different for Bujinkan students. As a general rule, I believe you should train twice as much on your own as you do in your dojo. We like to…

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Phil & Joanne after the Mayor's Midnight Marathon in Anchorage, AL 2014

Budo Fitness

What is martial arts fitness? Is there a place for fitness in the Bujinkan? There have been arguments for/against this since I started training in the Bujinkan in 1977. Budo Fitness can be easily misunderstood. Most of us probably envision a lot of knuckle pushups, hundreds of kicks, split stretching and calisthenics at the beginning…

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Debris Shelter

Survival Imperatives

At Bufestivus 2014, I taught a segment on wilderness survival. We’ve gotten a bunch of emails asking for notes on that lesson, so here they are, complete with a few pics from my training with Tom Brown and a fire-starting video! Four survival imperatives: Shelter Fire Water Food [Two more I would add to the…

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Kihon Happo – The Foundation of the Bujinkan

The following is a translation Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki section on Kihon Happo is provided by Mark Lithgow, the original piece was published by Hatsumi-Soke in one of his annual Shidoshi newsletters. Remember these are drills more than techniques. The Kihon Happo are drills to develop your base for Taijutsu. Kihon Happo does not mean basics,…

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Noguchi-Sensei Togakure

This month, Taka Seigi Members are being treated to Noguchi-sensei teaching waza from Togakure and explaining the kihon within! We also have knife & firearm instruction from Dean Rostohar & Morten from Norway sharing hip throwing techniques. For access to this great training, and new material every 2 weeks, look into Becoming a Member today!

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