Dayton Bujinkan Dojo Shihan Duncan Stewart Seminar Review


Shihan Duncan Stewart visited the Dayton Bujinkan Dojo last weekend (August 14, 15, 16) for a 3 day spectacular seminar. It is actually very difficult for me to write a review of this seminar, because Duncan’s movement was superb. Duncan stated that he trains with 3 teachers in Japan: Soke, Nagato Sensei, and Someya Sensei. It is apparent in his movement that he trains with Nagato Sensei.


Duncan started off by saying that during this seminar, because there is no ryu-ha as a theme, that he would teach and train as it is being done in Japan. Duncan started by asking someone to show a technique, and then explored the many angles and possiblities that were presented before him.


Being a Nagato student myself, I felt that Duncan’s movement and teachings were very inspiring. It made me feel that with more time in training, I could also reach that level of taijutsu. Sometimes we may feel that it is difficult to move like Soke or the Shihan. However, with diligent study and practice we can achieve this goal.


I also liked how Duncan transitioned naturally with weapons. He incorporated the Rokushaku Bo, Sword, Rope and Hanbo. Duncan also mentioned that Nagato Sensei said that the first weapon to learn after taijutsu is the hanbo. We were also very lucky to have Duncan show us they way Someya Sensei teaches the Gogyo no Kata and Kihon Happo. The movements were the same as usual. However, the points on how to move within the technique, strike in the technique and the level of control need to execute the technique improved my Gogyo no Kata and Kihon Happo. This week in the dojo, I will be studying Ukemi, Gogyo no Kata and the Kihon Happo as well as the feeling that Duncan brought back with him from Japan. We are looking foward to hosting Duncan at our dojo next month. Anyone who is a student or follows Nagato Sensei should really make it a point to train with Duncan.

Thanks again to the Dayton Bujinkan Dojo for hosting this great event. Also thanks to Duncan for taking time out of his schedule to fly to the states from Japan.


Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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