Effective Training

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle To be effective under duress, over time and with limited practice, training must follow three learning principles. It must be: Repeatable – The…

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Falling Leaves

I walked home today through an area lined with trees in their full fall glory with leaves dropping as I passed through.  A number of leaves fell on me, on the sidewalk around me, but most fell to the ground around the tree.  The fall leaves were everywhere – a beautiful sight.  This got me…

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So, Who’s Kihon is right?

Soke gave us the Six Treasures of the Bujinkan at the last Shidoshi-kai, held on 2 September 2017. The first two Treasures are the Kihon Happo and the San Shin. He said we must practice these two Treasures every day. Soke then specifically directed all 15th dans, Yushu-Shihans and Dai-Shihans, that we must pass these…

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Shidoshi-Kai September 2017

At the Shidoshi-Kai yesterday Soke spoke about the True Treasures of the Bujinkan. He charged each and every Shidoshi, Shihan, Yusuu Shihan and especially the Dai-Shihan to abide by and pass on these 6 treasures. Here are the 6 Treasures Soke spoke of: Kihon Happo (the 8 foundational techniques, we must practice daily) San Shin…

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Training at Hombu on 27 August 2017

I was able to make it to Sunday training at hombu today. Nagato Sensei taught the early class and I was able to train and film him teaching for our TakaSeigi website members. Nagato Sensei’s class was very lively and he focused mostly on defenses against two punches. The last few years Nagato Sensei has…

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About the Bujinkan Godan Test

DON’T BE IN A HURRY (to take the Godan test)  An article by Phillip Legare (Written in summer of 2005 while living in Japan) At the end of Sunday training at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo recently, several people lined up to take the Godan test. If you haven’t been to Japan, you may have never…

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Structure power in the Bujinkan

Here is the video that Shidoshi John Haas from Warrior Fitness mentioned in our Webinar:     For more great training content straight from Japan and some of the Bujinkan’s top instructors consider Becoming a Member today!

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Kamae – Building the Fortress

The Structure of Kamae – Building the Fortress   Kamae in the Bujinkan is much more than just a stance or ready position. It is the platform from which all movements are made and from which all techniques are delivered. Your kamae is quite literally the foundation upon which your entire martial art practice rests.…

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How is your Structure?

I encourage all Bujinkan practitioners, as I am doing myself, to dedicate this year to improving your structure. The Japanese have a saying, “Hone ga arimasuka?” Its a question that translates to, “Does that person have bone?” You hear it in the dojo from the seniors referring to students who’s basics or structure may not…

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Bujinkan 1983

After publishing articles on my early days of martial arts training in the 70s, several of you asked me to write about my first few years training in the Bujinkan. This article will cover the official start of my Bujinkan training with Larry Beaver in Florida until I moved to Alaska in early 1988. From…

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