Back From Japan Seminar with Chris Carbonaro (Review)

This past weekend was probably one of the best trainings I have had thus far. I was very happy that I was able to retain much of the information learned while in Japan. I started off by presenting Doug Tweedy with the Menkyokaiden Scroll written by Hatsumi Sensei.


This was important, because this is the theme of the year. I spoke about the idea behind this Kanji. There are also other meanings which may make more sense if you know your Japanese. It is important for us to research as well as study these aspects of the art.


We then looked at a few of the other important points that Soke has mentioned this year. The first one is Fudoushin, and the second one is Ku. It is important to understand that the meaning of these words are not what you may think. Therefore, again I stress that you study the meanings behind these words, as well as the individual characters. Fudoushin and Ku are the two points that I will be teaching at my seminars this year.

Overall, we trained for six hours and were really able to explore Ninjutsu. The idea of this year is not so much the Togakure Ryu Kata, but the ability to apply Ninjutsu. Therefore, you can take any technique from the 9 schools, and apply ninjutsu to them. Hint: Use shuriken, metusbushi, kyoketsushoge, and the ninja-to.

Thank you to everyone who came out to train with us. I can see that the hunger for training is starting to grow. One important point, is the ability to evolve. There is no sense in going to 100 seminars, or training 25 classes in a week in Japan, if there is no change in your taijutsu. I am starting to understand why many people have a hard time following what Soke is doing. Please focus and concentrate your training in a way that allows your taijutsu to evolve. This even goes for punching. If your punch is exactly the same as when you started, maybe you need to re-think how you are training. Many people think that training in the basics are the only way to be able to move like Hatsumi Sensei. However, this is not so. No matter how many times you practice Sanshin No Kata, it will not help you to move like Hatsumi Sensei unless your form is evolving. Notice I did not say perfected. If you train properly, explore every fist, angle, step, etc,  your taijutsu will evolve. However, if you just stick to perfecting the basic form, you will only be good at doing the form. I hope more people will being to culivate the eyes that are needed to see this art for what it really is, and not what they think it is.



Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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