Jun 06 2008

Everyone has their ‘True Way’

I will tell you right now, I am not saying that everything that everyone does is right, that’s nonsense.  I won’t say that you have to go to Japan every year, not everyone can manage that it is understandable.  You don’t have to copy everything that your teacher does, some of it won’t work for you.

This is however the Bujinkan, there are right ways and wrong ways to do things.  There are nine schools so there are many different variations but we look at what is the same not different.  If you can’t go to Japan find someone who does and train with them to keep the feeling.  Things will change based on your body, but you must have the essence.  To find that train with the many good Shihan around the world.

If you disagree with what I have said, take it up with Hatsumi sensei because I am just saying what he has said.  If you don’t believe me then go to Japan and hear it in his own voice.  I am growing tired of people who hold themselves up as ‘representatives’ of the Bujinkan but what they are saying and doing completely contradict what Hatsumi Sensei is teaching.  These are the same people who knock those who actually have some understanding of what Hatsumi sensei is trying to teach.  They will go and talk about the importance of cross training when if they actually put the time in to learning proper taijutsu would discover that it is completely unnecessary.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving poor skill level a free pass but this goes beyond that.  Just because you do well in a fight doesn’t mean that you are doing Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu right.  Just because you don’t win in a cage match doesn’t mean that you are learning the wrong way.  It’s our stupid North American philosophies and egos which destroyed this art and it’s reputation.  If we can’t be bothered to swallow our pride, forget what we think fighting is and trust what Hatsumi sensei wants us to learn, why are we still in the art?  If you don’t think that this art works then switch to one that you feel does.  I wish you all the best in your new endevours.  But rather than try and change an art that has protected me, in real life, on more than one occasion, in the past year do what Hatsumi says.

Go ahead read his books, watch the DVD’s and sit there happy assuming you have learned everything.  Your ‘tactical reality based Bujinkan training’ will just take up valuable space in the Honbu Dojo anyhow.  Hatsumi Sensei is the kuden, he is the living densho, he can teach you what you can not learn from books or videos and I have felt its effectiveness firsthand.  I’m done, for now.

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  1. Roberton 06 Jun 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Truer words haven’t been spoken…..Thanks

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