Indiana Dojo Grand Opening Seminar


It was an honor to have been invited as an instructor for Shihan Jay Zimmerman’s new dojo Grand Opening. There were 8 instructors total. Shihan Jay Zimmerman, Shihan Mike Asuncion, Shihan Karl Koch, Shidoshi Jim McDermit, Shidoshi Jeff Walker, Shidoshi Nate Metz and Shidoshi Beth Zimmerman.


Each instructor was given 20 minutes to teach. This format seems to be happening more and more, and is very much the way of the future. Karl started off the morning session, and took us through many variations with the feeling of Noguchi Sensei’s movement. I felt that Karl did a great job transmitting Noguchi Sensei’s feeling.


Mike went next, and I believe that he brings another unique movement to the training. Mike trains specifically with Nagase Sensei in Japan. It is interesting how many of the concepts were the same as you would find in Nagato Sensei’s dojo. Mike’s movement is unique yet familiar. Mike also has some interesting techniques, and brings yet another perspective to the Bujinkan.


I taught after Mike, and continued to explore the many concepts learned while Shihan Duncan Stewart was at my dojo. To my surprise, I did not know many of the attendees at the seminar. It was interesting for me, because I had to find an uke, that would be able to recieve my techniques. I think that this is important, because both the Tori and Uke can get hurt during the training. I happened to choose a guy named Chris, and his Uke skills were wonderful. I hope he will continue to come out to future events 🙂


Jay and I are very similar in movement. Jay also trains alot with Nagato Sensei, and it was aparent in his movement.


Jim showed everyone how to evade ever so slightly to confuse his opponent. Jim also showed good basic movement. In this picture you can see a nice Koshi Nage!


Jeff displayed very scary movement, because of his military background. However, I like this picture, because you can see Nagato Sensei in his movement. 🙂 Keep up the good work Jeff!


Nate had some interesting movement, and it reminded me of Shiraishi Sensei. It is interesting how people train, and what they pick up when they go to Japan. I also feel that his taijutsu is influenced by his military background as well.


Beth showed a great display of taijutsu. It is also nice to see more women training. We had about 5 or 6 women participate in the seminar as well. I think that Beth is a great role model for all women training in the Bujinkan.


There were a total of 35 participants in all. This was a great way for everyone to get together, not only to train, but also to get to know each other better. Sometimes the day begins and ends with training. However, this seminar was different. Many of the participants went out for dinner as well as an after part ;)!

It is nice to build a good community. I think that this is truly what Soke has been asking for. I believe that many people get caught up in the area they live in, However, it is not the area in which you live that determines your community. It is the people in which you are attracted to, those who think alike and those who are seeking the same thing. This is very important!

 I know that we have West Coast, Midwest and Atlanta Taikai’s. However, not all the participants or instructors are from that area. I think that it is important to understand why that is. The simple answer, is that those who group together are working together. In the same thought, there may be people who never work together, and that is ok also.

My final thought on this, is that it is now possible to train with many instructors in the U.S. who speak some level of Japanese, know the Japanese culture, and truly follow a teacher in Japan. All of these instructors are available for individual seminars. Please feel free to contact them if you want to set up a seminar in your area.


Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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