This year’s theme is Saino Kon Ki, which can also be read Saino Tamashii Utsuwa. When I was in Japan, Soke really taught the idea of Tamashii. Soke taught this feeling to very specific people.

Most of them were 10th dan and above. I was lucky to have been one of them. The level of pain I felt, I have never felt before. Every class I attended, Soke would say lay down, and then proceeded to push on points of the body that would cause you to lose movement. The pain was so intense, that no-one was able to move. On Tuesday, Soke did this to me, and then asked if I could move. I couldn’t say anything, because I couldn’t breath. Soke realized this, and let up on the pressure. Only then did my Tamashii (spirit) get released from my body.




I brought my 3 top guys with me to Japan, and I was glad that they were there to experience this with me. My student Craig would often say that just standing next to Soke made him nervous. Soke also did these Tamashii techniques to Juan Manuel Serrano. When Serrano was asked to describe the feeling, he said it was as if Soke had entered his body, and was killing him from the inside. This is what Soke taught the whole 10 days I was there. On Sunday when Soke taught me Tamashii again, he told me to go and teach with this feeling. He said that this feeling was very important especially when teaching military and police personnel.




We had our first training on Wednesday this week, and there seemed to be a weird energy. I believe this was due to the fact that everyone was trying so hard to make the techniques work. Doing so only resulted in bad energy. Soke always tells us to train in a way that we do not cause injury. However, people try so hard to make things work, which often results in injury. We need to remove our self from the fight. This was a great point made by Shihan Duncan Stewart. He explained that we need to do nothing, and only wait for our opponent to react, or make a decision of where we need to go next. This is Sessho of Juppo Sessho. Sessho is the negotiation between killing your opponent, and allowing them to live. Often times, the result is decided by your opponent. You should never just kill someone. 





On Thursday, the energy was much clearer in the dojo. Everyone trained well, and seemed to understand better what to do. In preparation of my seminar this weekend, I am trying to download as much information from Japan as possible. I asked my students who went to Japan to show a technique. Most of the time, my student was trying to show an exact move or technique we did in Japan. Only confusion came out of this. I told him that the information is not in your head, but in your body. Do not think of what to show, but just respond accordingly to the attack. As the night went on, more glimpses of training came to mind.




Soke mentioned that we are martial artists, and pain is a good thing, because it lets us know that we are alive. Soke told us that even if we die, that we should not complain. Soke applies pressure and pain, but it is not done with a malicious intent. This is important to remember. That is why Soke does not cause injury. If he needed to, all he would have to do is go one step further and his opponent would be dead. I would like for everyone to keep this in mind, when training. Please do not try to force techniques, but rather let them happen naturally. If something is not working, stop and try to figure out what is wrong. Do not just simply force techniques which are not effective. This is why when we train, we must train slow and correct. When we are faced with a situation, or natural instincts and training will kick in. If we constantly practice or force things to work, in the street we will be killed.


In Japan, every class seemed to have pain associated with it. Sometimes people focus on only the soft or Jutaijutsu of training, we also have to remember the Dakentaijutsu, as well as Tamashii in our training. I am looking forward to a great weekend. See you all soon.


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Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

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