Saino Kon Ki Tanuki Seminar Review


Behind me in the picture is a kakejiku that reads Saino Kon Ki. This was written for me by Soke for our dojo. One thing that I learned from Soke this year, is that people are people and it is important to see the good points in people. During my trip, Soke often ask Darren to pick up 10 groups of people to show what they have learned in Soke’s class. 9 out of 10 times, the technique that was shown, looked nothing like what Soke did. I found this to be strange. There was one group of guys, and when they showed a technique, it was not very good, but you can see a fighting spirit in them. At that very moment, Soke said just that. It was interesting, because although not everyone understands Soke, it seems that he can understand everyone.

When you are asked to show a technique in  Japan, it is important to show what you had learned. Try to free your mind and body, and allow Soke’s training to take over. This is an interesting point, because at the end of the week while people were showing techniques, Soke and I were talking. He told me that it is important for people not to make an organization. He said that the Bujinkan is not an organization, and that is why he continues to teach man to man. He said that anyone in the Bujinkan is welcome to train with him directly. It is  a shame that so many people still do not believe that they can go to Japan to train with soke.

Soke also told me about how there are a lot of bad people in the Bujinkan, and that they are rapidly erasing themselves. He also told me that he recieved some letters from Shihan who have not trained with him in years, and that they will be going to Japan this summer. Soke seemed very happy about this. I then expressed to Soke that people who showed techniques in the beginning of the week, looked very different. However, at the end of the week they moved like Bujinkan. Soke said that is because they are training in Japan, and it is important for people to continue to train with him.


We had a good turnout for the seminar, and people came from Va, Nebraska, N.Y. and other parts of N.J. I was happy to see more people caring about the information from Japan. Many people who return back to their home countries, tend to fall back into their own ways of doing things. This is often a result of a lack in studying with a Shihan in Japan or Soke himself. I found that many people just go to Japan to show their face, and many people looked bored with the training. It seems that these people feel that they have already learned these things. However, I look at the way my teacher Nagato Sensei trains, and I just follow what he does. It seems to me that he is still working on many points while training at a good slow pace. Many people tend to have their own ideas on training, but we should really look to how Soke and the 4 Shihan train.


This trip, I trained with Soke, Nagato Sensei and Shihan Duncan Stewart. I suggest to anyone staying in Kashiwa, to train with Duncan. He teaches from 6-8pm on Sundays. We covered just about every technique that was shown in Japan. However, none of the techniques were waza. Rather they were a set of movements to express this years theme. Soke also told everyone that he changes the theme of each year, so that people to do not get stuck just studying the same thing. This is also important for all dojos to follow along with what Soke is doing in Japan. However, Soke also told everyone that he understands that not everyone can make it to Japan, so please use his Kuden videos to help your training, until you can make it to Japan.


Regarding Nawa no Kankaku, the idea is that everything is connected. Soke showed us also how to use the feeling of the rope to tie (or connect) people up. This is also important. It seems to me that everything and everyone is connected in some way shape or form. It is up to us to find these connections.


Thanks again to everyone who came out for the seminar. I am looking foward to the next one. For more info about our seminar, please visit


Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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