Shinden Fudo Ryu bokken, Koryu style

From paart budo buki by buki stolar

Here it is another Koryu bokutou, this time Shinden Fudo Ryu,

made in original dimension in exchange informations with some people who know a lot about this ryuha. This bokken is from mautin Ash tree, very strong and heavy, comon Ash is not good for bokkens but this one is strong and have nice texture.
In my research of old koryu bokuto's this is this is third Ryuha and first attempt of old Shinden Fudo bokutou, so with new info I may change some details.




They Read My First E-book?

From Shiro Kuma by kumafr

Published in 2014, it was well accepted in the Bujinkan community. Here what some readers thought about it:

If you want to have an insight of the path of one of best student of Soke: Kuma クマ, don’t hesitate, go for it ! it is a kind of privilege as well as a real pleasure to read this book and have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a life of a true master!
Dick O.

I wish I had read it a couple of years back. This book gives some interesting edges to learning and commitment. Be budo, climbing, new language, … Whatever- a truthful approach. Add the budo specifics around the genesis and the motivation, and it makes a very compelling read.
Gilles T.

As a long-time practitioner, teacher and Dojo owner, I was impressed by Arnaud’s experience, sense of humour and ability to translate the many insights that Japanese Budo training offers the world. He embodies the Martial Spirit very well through his stories of Japan and the culture. He also gives many valuable technical points to those who have been on the martial path for either three months or three decades. I highly recommend this book to any student or teacher of Martial Arts!
Todd N.

We are fortunate to have someone like Arnaud write this book. There’s a lot of older texts but nothing really recent. Not only is he one of the foremost practitioners in the art, but the dude can write well. I was afraid I would get bored, but that wasn’t the case.
If you’re in the Bujinkan or even just a practitioner of budo, you should read this book.
Clayton

FULL OF USEFUL INFORMATION. A MUST READ.
Roy P.

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Livre en Francais https://amzn.to/2GVAGtF

Happy new year to the Bujinkan!

From Shiro Kuma by kumafr

We did it! A few days ago we began a new year of Bujinkan training.

I wish you all a Happy new year, full of success, good health, and improvement.

To help you all, I give you FREE access to http://www.koimartialart.com.

Click here: https://www.koimartialart.com/p/free-all-access until the 10th of January.

Take this opportunity to review your basics, waza, and weapons. It will not replace actual training, but help you learn faster.

Click today, and get your FREE access:

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This new year is the chance to make a positive change in your dōjō.

Here are a few “new year resolutions” that you might wish to follow:

  1. In 2019, I want to train more regularly, every week.
  2. In 2019, I want to study more, to understand the beauty and depth of the Bujinkan martial arts.
  3. In 2019, I want to respect my sensei, my many senpai, and be an example to every kohai of my dōjō.
  4. In 2019, I want to be a better practitioner in every aspect possible.
  5. In 2019, I want to do my best to go to Japan and train under Sōke. And if I cannot go to Japan, I will join seminars with people that are training in Japan.

Happy new year to all. Thank you for your endless support.

Shiro Kuma

original Kukishinden Ryu bokuto, Koryu style

From paart budo buki by buki stolar

Dear Budo friends,

this year comes to end, so here is one of my last projects on which I work for long time. 
I was try to colect informations about this Kukishinden practice sword and make replica for all who may be interested to have original Kukishinden Ryu bokuto as some kind of conection with old days and this specific Ryuha.

Bokken was made from heavy euroean oak and is traditionaly oiled.






Listen To Your Nuts!

From Shiro Kuma by kumafr

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Dear follower of the Kumablog,
I take this opportunity to wish you all, all the best for the Holiday season. Whether you are a believer or not, this moment of the year is unique for a majority of humans. In Japan, it is a big thing, even though they are not following the same religious beliefs.
I don’t know for you, but in 2018, the year of the earth dog, has seen quite a lot of changes, some good, and others not too much. But that is what life is about.
On the Budō side, the year of the earth dog was about Mutō Dori and control, we learned a lot. This is ending soon and a new year of study with the earth pig is beginning in a few weeks. I see it as a lucky sign for me, as I am an earth pig myself. I wish the best for you and your family. (1)
It was Christmas yesterday. I thought I could share a few ideas around the word “Christmas” seen from a Japanese perspective. It might also help you pave your Budō path for next year.
Depending on the kanji, “kurisumasu” means “Reveal the true self.” And “Dive deeper in emptiness.”
How does the sound “Christmas” which is “クリスマス,” “Kurisumasu” in Japanese, can have those two meanings? Easy!
For a Japanese “Kurisumasu” is also “Kuri + Sumasu.” (2) (3)
We can translate into “Listen to your nuts!” Which I understand as “meet your inner self.” So a new year resolution for 2019 could be “Be more open and don’t only rely on the shell you have built all these years.”
When you read it as “Kū + risu + masu.” It becomes “the growing fracture of emptiness.” (4) (5) (6)
Since we are in Mutō Dori we study the concept of “Zero,” and we keep progressing towards the centre of the centre. It reminds us of the Gyokko Ryū concept of “Kūki no Naka ni no Kūkan.” Or to “find the emptiness in the middle of the empty space.” (7)
In his book (8) (9) Sensei writes that the Gyokko Ryū is the origin of Japanese Budō. It makes sense. So prepare yourself and make 2019, a year of profound transformation and introspection.
In 2019, listen to your nuts! And come back to the training after your holiday break.
Happy Holiday to all!
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  1. https://www.yourchineseastrology.com/zodiac/earth-pig.htm
  2. 栗, kuri: Japanese chestnut (Castanea crenata)
  3. 澄ます, to clear; to make clear, to be unruffled. To look unconcerned; to feign indifference; to look demure; to look prim; to put on air; to strain (one’s ears). To listen carefully
  4. 空, kū: shunyata; emptiness. The lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon. (the) Void
  5. リス, risu: fracture
  6. 増す, masu: to increase; to grow
  7. 空気の中に空間, Kūki no Naka ni no Kūkan: find the emptiness in the middle of the empty space.
  8. Unarmed fighting techniques of the Samurai, Hatsumi Masaaki, Kodansha edition
  9. https://www.amazon.com/Unarmed-Fighting-Techniques-Samurai-Masaaki/dp/1568365322/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545735722&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3AMasaaki+Hatsumi